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  • Daniel B.
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    While Jon Favreau has never really stirred up any Oscar buzz, his films have almost always been warmly welcomed by critics and audiences alike. With “Elf,” Iron Man,” and most recently, “The Jungle Book,” Favreau has shown his ability to take something that could have easily gone wrong, and exceeded expectations at the box office and with critics. Even when his films haven’t been commercial successes (“Zathura,” “Chef”), they have more often than not been well-reviewed.

    Having proven his skill behind the camera for films mostly geared towards family audiences, do you think Favreau’s directing chops could ever translate to Oscar gold with more award-friendly fare? If so, what type of film do you think he could really master?

    Spielberg and Zemeckis have both been able to pull off a successful crossover into Oscar turf.

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    Volcarocka
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    I’d say Favreau will almost certainly be a major contender in the next few years. Just give him time to build up the respect and fanbase, then he’ll get there. He’ll have a heavy hitter sometime soon, probably with a Birdman-like drama, but possibly with a Mad Max-level action movie. He’s got a little while to go before he gets there, though.

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    jamiepg88
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    Spielberg feels like an outlier because he broke into the Oscars with popcorn fare. If Jungle Book exceeds expectations than I could see Favreau getting on the path to a future win, like if the academy doesn’t welcome him on lightweight stuff he excels at I can’t see him making a sudden leap to major contender.

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    Daniel B.
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    There’s quite a few Best Director winners that took home the Oscar on their first nomination after having an impressive resume, that in a lot of cases, did make a sudden leap to major contender, and a lot of cases show that their acclaimed filmographies included movies that either weren’t high profile at the time, or were of a genre that doesn’t often appeal to Oscar voters (fantasy/horror/sci-fi/children’s):

    Alfonso Cuarón
    1st nom/win: Gravity (2012)
    previous films included:
    Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
    Children of Men (2006)

    Tom Hooper
    1st nom/win: The King’s Speech (2010)
    previous work included:
    Elizabeth I (2005 miniseries)
    John Adams (2008 miniseries)
    The Damned United (2009)

    Kathryn Bigelow
    1st nom/win: The Hurt Locker (2009)
    previous films included:
    Near Dark (1987)
    Point Break (1991)
    Strange Days (1995)

    Danny Boyle
    1st nom/win: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    previous films included:
    Trainspotting (1996)
    28 Days Later (2002)
    Millions (2005)

    Ron Howard
    1st nom/win: A Beautiful Mind (2001)
    previous films included:
    Splash (1984)
    Apollo 13 (1995)
    Ransom (1996)

    Had Richard Linklater won for Boyhood, I would say that he would have fit in this category as well. Also, if Ben Affleck would have been nominated for Argo, he likely would have won, which would have been his first Director nomination, following the success of Gone Baby Gone and The Town.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    It’s not outside the realm of possibility. I believe anyone can be an Oscar contender if the right project comes around.

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    KyleBailey
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    It’s possible but I think if he makes more movies like Chef that’ll be his path

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    PJ Edwards
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    No.

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    Teridax
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    HAHAAHAHAHAHA…. waaiiiittt…. you were serious. Ahem, NO.

    The best film he’s made is still Iron Man, Chef was good, and Elf was cute, honestly most of his movies haven’t been extraordinary. Cowboys & Aliens was a disaster, Iron Man 2 still is generally considered the weakest film in the MCU, and the Jungle Book was a boring, lifeless and uninspired CGI pile of trash! To me, Favreau’s jungle Book is the lamest abuse of CGI since George Lucas did his prequels, and even then I would argue Revenge of the Sith was more visually interesting than this year’s The Jungle Book!

    Seriously, if it were not for Christopher Walken’s creepy-funny performance as King Louie, it would be his worst film, even more unwatchable than Cowboys & Aliens, in which he committed the unforgivable crime of putting the actors who play James Bond and Indiana Jones in the same movie together, with such a different and potentially awesome premise, and completely wastes both of them and the story and includes these unbelievably stupid, gold-addicted Aliens who kidnap people and force them to look at the prrreeeettyy liiigghhtt…. Honestly, WTF was that thing?!?! ;(

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    Volcarocka
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    ^ You’re acting like a good director never makes bad movies. You’re also acting like The Jungle Book is/should be considered a bad movie, which is quite the opposite of reality.

    Cowboys and Aliens was a stupid movie written by a team of studio idiots and Jon Favreau was saddled with the burden of salvaging that mess. He’s hardly to blame. He’s proven he can make well-received movies (Iron Man, Chef, Jungle Book), he just need the right Oscar-bait type film to get there.

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    Bradley Weir
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    I hated The Jungle Book, it should and will be nowhere near the Oscars this year except possibly Visual Effects. Favreau has a pretty awful filmography at the moment. Of course, if the right project comes along he could find himself in an Oscar race one day. But for now, he has shown nothing to suggest that. There’s 100 directors with a better filmography thus far that haven’t won Oscars either.

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