Does “Interstellar” have enough support from the Academy’s tech branches to get a Best Picture nom?

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  • Tariq Khan
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    #170970


    I’ve noticed that most (though not all) of the
    Gold Derby experts and editors have removed “Interstellar” from their
    Best Picture Oscar predictions lists.


     


    I still
    have it in mine, though I’m obviously questioning it. My thinking is that
    support from the technical branches should help the film to obtain at least 5% of the
    number one votes on the nominating ballots. The distinguished cast and box
    office success might also help it with other branches (actors, producers, executives, etc.)


     


    What do you
    think? Is it reasonable to expect that a large number of the Academy’s sound
    designers, visual effects artists, film editors (and some cinematographers and
    production designers, etc.) will rank “Interstellar” number one? If you add
    just a handful of number one votes from various other branches, will that give
    “Interstellar” the magic 5% needed to secure a nomination?


     


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    All-Seeing Eye
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    #170972

    Given the recent trend of rewarding 3D films, Interstellar seems like it would have enough branch support. The big queestion mark is what would replace since I’m presuming there will be only 9 nominees. My current guess is Unbroken (also epic and sentimental).

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    vozas
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    #170973

    This movie really came and went. I think it deserves all of the technical accolades it can get but that’s about it. It’s hardly within the 30 best movies of 2014.

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    Nessie
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    If you look at the Metacritic scores, Interstellar ranks higher than either alleged lock The Imitation Game or The Theory of Everything. So some serious critics love it. I loved it. I’m sure a lot of Academy members did too. And it made a lot of money in a very poor financial year for the studios.

    It’s odd how it’s being sidelined. I think it’s a definite nomination for Best Picture: the scope alone is majestic, the acting is faultless, technically brilliant.

    There are so many periodic biopics (add Selma, Mr. Turner and Unbroken to the others), it would be a shame to reward only Oscar bait biopics when Chris Nolan tries (and largely succeeds) to create an original work of extraordinary ambition.

    This year, it’s like the movies are all Giant Marvel movies and cartoons vs. tiny Oscar bait biopics. There needs to be some middle ground with original work being produced. Maybe I’m not alone in thinking that. Birdman’s whole thesis revolves around this issue!

     

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    TomHardys
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    Interesting question. I don’t think so though… Interstellar might be my biggest cinematic disappointment of 2014. It was not a bad movie by any means… It’s just that I’m a huge Nolan admirer and supporter and I was expecting much more. Great premise, outstanding cast and we all knew that it would be visually stunning (the Hans Zimmer score is a plus). However it fell flat. It went to cheesy overly sentimental territory with a plot twist that didn’t make sense if you look to the bigger picture within the film.

    The Globes shutout was head-scratching but I knew that film’s chances were dead as soon as SAG snubbed that magnific ensemble. How do you snub three of the buzziest actors of the past years in leading roles with veteran like John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Caine and solid great actors like Matt Damon, David Oyelowo, Wes Bentley and Casey Affleck?

    Again, it’s not a bad movie (if only all bad movies were like Interstellar): it’s pretty damn good and utterly ambitious and original but I could think of about 20 Oscar contenders who were better. Not MUCH better. Just better. And maybe that’s the mindset of the voters.

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    JRMeehl
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    Hmmm. I think a nomination is possible, but not likely. 

    Remember that even the tech branch members will not vote for a film for Best Picture just because it “looks good.” There are separate awards for that. They are voting on Best Picture, and yes their “bias” will influence them, but ultimately if they think there are better movies in general they will vote for them. The box office won’t factor either. All we have to do is look at previous years. Most Oscar voters do not look at that. 

    There’s a handful of films in contention for the 9th spot, Interstellar is one of them. The main issue here is that it just isn’t as good a film as the other ones.

    Boyhood, Selma, and Birdman are locks, and I think it shows in nominations so far that Whiplash, Nightcrawler (maybe), Grand Budapest Hotel, Theory of Everything, and The Imitation Game are looking good.  That’s eight. I think the #9 and #10 spots will be between Gone Girl, Foxcatcher, Interstellar, A Most Violent Year, and Wild. I just don’t think its a good enough film.

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    AMG
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    It could happen. Looking at the last few years, with the films that have dominated the technical categories: Gravity, Life of Pi, Hugo, Inception, The Hurt Locker, Avatar, Benjamin Button, Slumdog Millionaire – all were nominated for Best Picture, and won at least 3 technical awards. 

    Interstellar should/could win for Effects, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Score. Add to that potential nominations in other technical categories, and it would be the one to buck the trend we have seen in recent years. 

    ALSO, while some people really disliked the film, those who liked it, LOVED it. That could get it enough #1 votes to get into the Picture lineup. 

     

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    TomHardys
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    I think Boyhood, Birdman, Selma, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Foxcatcher are locks. Whiplash looks likely because well it’s one of the highest rated movies of the year and it’s the indie darling ala Her and Beasts of the Southern Wild in years before. The Grand Budapest Hotel and Gone Girl come next. Nightcrawler is being regarded by the industry as a Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle and not as a movie in a whole so unfortunately and even though it’s much more than that, I don’t think it will break in the Best Picture race.

    Wild and A Most Violent Year are up next (I don’t believe Chastain’s nom will be the only nod they give to A Most Violent Year).

    So no I don’t think Interstellar has a solid chance against all these films plus Unbroken, Mr. Turner and a few others.

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    JRMeehl
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    Wild and A Most Violent Year are up next (I don’t believe Chastain’s nom will be the only nod they give to A Most Violent Year).

    Not a big Chastain fan. It always feels like she’s trying too hard. (“I’m the m..f’er who found this guy” from Zero Dark Thirty almost made me laugh). That being said, she’s close to a lock here. Has anyone seen this film? Good reviews so far.

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    JRMeehl
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    It could happen. Looking at the last few years, with the films that have dominated the technical categories: Gravity, Life of Pi, Hugo, Inception, The Hurt Locker, Avatar, Benjamin Button, Slumdog Millionaire – all were nominated for Best Picture, and won at least 3 technical awards. 

    Interstellar should/could win for Effects, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Score. Add to that potential nominations in other technical categories, and it would be the one to buck the trend we have seen in recent years. 

    ALSO, while some people really disliked the film, those who liked it, LOVED it. That could get it enough #1 votes to get into the Picture lineup. 

     

    The deal with all the films you listed is that all those films were better than Interstellar (except Avatar and Hurt Locker IMHO). I liked the film but didn’t love it, and loving a film doesn’t get you more than one vote.  

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    TomHardys
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    [quote=”tomhardys”]

    Wild and A Most Violent Year are up next (I don’t believe Chastain’s nom will be the only nod they give to A Most Violent Year).

    Not a big Chastain fan. It always feels like she’s trying too hard. (“I’m the m..f’er who found this guy” from Zero Dark Thirty almost made me laugh). That being said, she’s close to a lock here. Has anyone seen this film? Good reviews so far.[/quote]

    Funny how I think the exact opposite. Jessica Chastain doesn’t seem to try that hard: she got a phone call by Kathryn Bigelow herself and got offered the role of Maya. There was no casting involved. Almost every single director wants to work with her, actors love her, the industry respects her. That’s the highest reward you could get in Hollywood: respect. Her career path is reminding me of a young Meryl Streep’s. 

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    Milo Kunis
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    Interstellar was easily my most anticipated film of the year, and the one that disappointed me the most.

    At this point, I would be surprised if it received any notices outside of the tech categories.  

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    Ryan Lapierre
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    #170983

    I think it still has a chance. Interstellar is my favorite film of the year but personal refrence aside I think there are Nolan fans in the academy. And this is the only Sci Fi film to reward a nomination so I think there is a chance.

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    Guest2014
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    Because of this morning’s shock snub from the Eddies, slim and none.  And slim just took the last bus of the day out of Dodge.  I mean, Whiplash?  WHIPLASH? 

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    Atypical
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    I wouldn’t have “Interstellar” anywhere near a BP lineup, but maybe support from the technical branches is there to get by in a field of ten. Besides those tech categories, I think it will mainly be out of sight, out of mind for the major categories it could reasonably obtain nominations.

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