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Is it too early to speculate about Oscar chances for Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing”?

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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    Okay, okay, I know it’s early yet. He just finished principal photography and won’t shop it around at festivals until next year. Still, I’m a big fan of Joss Whedon and I feel like taking the temperature of this thing. It’s a self-funded passion project from a guy better known for his genre projects (“Buffy,” “Firefly,” “The Avengers,” etc.), but he does already have an Oscar nomination under his belt (as a co-writer of “Toy Story”). It’s got an ensemble cast that’s only famous to those who are already fans of Joss Whedon’s work and won’t really be a draw at Oscar time unless one of them is just too good to ignore.

    Then again, if “The Avengers” hits big and gets good reviews, that will increase his profile and probably get more eyeballs onto his prestige project in the fall. Oscars might be a stretch, but I’m hoping that Whedon is able to show people — most of whom know him only for his quippy humor and his geek fanbase — that he’s actually a gifted filmmaker (“The Body” episode stands up against the best films of the last ten years).

    Thoughts? 

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    dannyboy.
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    Can’t say I’ve enjoyed any of his work (save Toy Story).. Can’t say yet another remake (be it of a play or a film) interests me in anyway which is intriguing as he is nothing if not orginal and imaginative. Maybe he will prove me wrong..?

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    babypook
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    I adore Joss Whedon and am usually excited when he’s making a new film. Big fan of his Toy Story, Serenity, and Firefly; enjoyed Titan AE.
     Only saw a couple of eppies of Buffy and Angel, but I know the former has a huge cult following, and rightly so.

    This seems a bit of a departure for him and in twelve days of shooting!

    I like this play and I like Josh Whedon, and I’d guess that his film may become a critical cult hit. With some of us, at least.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I think Shakespeare in general can be excluded from the “yet another remake” club.  It’s not like he’s rehashing “Footloose” or “Herbie the Love Bug.” I think the idea of the creator of “Buffy” and “Dr. Horrible” directing Shakespeare is actually more interesting than if it was announced that, say, Kenneth Branagh was directing another one.

    Kinda funny, though. This year, Kenneth Branagh directed a superhero movie, and now Joss Whedon is directing Shakespeare. I kinda dig that. I like to see filmmakers bringing their sensibilities to unfamiliar genres.

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    babypook
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    That’s exactly what I was thinking and chuckling to myself.

    Why should any director slot himself into a ‘type’ of film.

    Which, reminds me of Judd Apatow. That guy, could probably make a go at this film being a BO hit, no matter how much he bastardizes the original source materials.

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    Film Turtle
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    Yes, definitely an Oscar contender because the Academy likes Shakespeare. And the backstory is primo: Shot quietly in 12 days, one location, already has his follow-up to “Avengers” in the can, etc. They’ll eat that up.

    One big caveat, however: It will depend on the critical response to “The Avengers.” If it gets good reviews like “Thor” did this past summer, then he’s got the Golden Globes in the bag and a good shot Oscar attention. If critics hate the movie or if it just gets a pass, then Whedon has an uphill climb no matter how good it might be.

    We Whedonites also have to be careful not to project our affection for his work onto the Academy at large. “Avengers” and “Much Ado…” will be the first time most of them will have seen what he can do.

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    Paul Hanlin Jr
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    I think no.  They will dismiss Whedon as brusquely as the TV academy has over the years.  Nothing to see here.  Geek isn’t welcome at the Oscars.  It’s discouraged, it’s discriminated against, the membership would rather it be neither seen nor heard.  This is not an indictment of Whedon, mind you.

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    Scottferguson
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    Joss Whedon of course has already been nominated for an Oscar, so your latest rant is even by your standards more than a little ridiculous. (He was a screenplay nominee for Toy Story, which means he has 100% of the Oscar nominations he should have based on the work he has done on film).

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    LKMOSCAR
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    Joss Whedon’s work wasn’t properly recognized at the Emmys (he probably deserved three or four writing wins), but his writing of the episode “Hush” was nominated (shocking at the time, but it being 95% silent probably intrigued voters to look at it) in the writing category.

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    Paul Hanlin Jr
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    What “scott” fails to mention is that Whedon (and I was wrong in not seeing he did contribute to the screenplay) was one of SIX writers of the original Toy Story.  It wasn’t as if he did the screenplay himself.  Just to clarify things. 

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    LKMOSCAR
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    The very first post shares that Whedon’s an Oscar nominee.

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    Scottferguson
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    Very weak, Paul.
    The Academy has had one chance to nominate him for something warranted, and they did.
    Do you care to point out what scandalous oversights they’ve committed on his limited film work since then?
    There have been writing nominations in recent years for District 9, Borat, Children of Men, Pan’s Labyrinth, Amelie, Ghost World, Being John Malkovich. Aren’t these all somewhat “geeky” screenplays (albeit better than anything cinematic Whedon has yet been associated apart from Toy Story)/
    You are like that character in Alice in Wonderland – Verdict first! Trial later!

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    babypook
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    I think no.  They will dismiss Whedon as brusquely as the TV academy has over the years.  Nothing to see here.  Geek isn’t welcome at the Oscars.  It’s discouraged, it’s discriminated against, the membership would rather it be neither seen nor heard.  This is not an indictment of Whedon, mind you.

    Lol! Dont hold back PaulH. Say what you truly feel.

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    LKMOSCAR
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    Serenity’s better than a few of those up there (but, yes, since Toy Story, Whedon’s written only three films). 

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