July 9, 2015 at 10:48 am #189876
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has two fascinating films debuting later this year about real-life people. He has never had an Oscar nomination before, so which one could bring him his first?
“The Walk” is from director Robert Zemeckis and is the story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s attempt to cross
the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.
“Snowden” is from director Oliver Stone and is the story of “Word’s Most Wanted Man” CIA employee Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of classified documents to the press.July 9, 2015 at 11:04 am #189878
He is so overdue to be nominated giving great performances one after each other. I think The Walk is dividing people from early buzz with his accent so maybe Snowden but it depends if the dividing audiences translates to the actual run of the movie. It could all go the other way with praiseJuly 9, 2015 at 11:14 am #189879
An interesting discussion point.
I really don’t trust Oliver Stone with anything these days. He hasn’t had a really successful Oscar contender since Nixon, and most of his films since have been released to mixed-to-negative receptions.
I guess I’d go for The Walk, if only because Zemeckis is coming off of a minor comeback with Flight. But, even then, I’m not sure how much of a sell it could be to Oscar voters.July 9, 2015 at 11:27 am #189880
Considering its opening NYFF slot (similar to “Flight”), I would guess “The Walk.” When was the last time Stone directed anyone to an Oscar nomination? Correct me if it’s not “Nixon.”July 9, 2015 at 12:05 pm #189881
Considering its opening NYFF slot (similar to “Flight”), I would guess “The Walk.” When was the last time Stone directed anyone to an Oscar nomination? Correct me if it’s not “Nixon.”
It was Nixon. Wikipedia has it documented under his filmography. The closest he’s gotten since was when Michael Douglas got that Golden Globe nod for Wall Street 2 around the time of his cancer treatments.July 9, 2015 at 12:08 pm #189882
I fear that The Walk will seem like a dramatized version of the excellent and exhilarating Man on Wire, the flashbacks of which were admittedly dramatized already. I can’t see Gordon-Levitt getting in for this role unless Demme adds some real meat to the character which hasn’t yet been explored in the documentary.July 9, 2015 at 12:14 pm #189883
If Snowden is executed well, then I reckon he will get in for that. The trailer for The Walk showed JGL with an accent which could divide some voters to whether they find it off putting or not?July 9, 2015 at 1:27 pm #189884
Snowden in case The Walk peaks too early. But then again, Snowden could peak too late. But I do hope he gets that Oscar nod he should’ve gotten for 50/50.July 9, 2015 at 1:34 pm #189885
I would love his nomination either way, but Snowden seems more likely to me. I know Oliver stone has a poor track as of late but The Walk doesn’t give me the Oscar vibe.July 9, 2015 at 2:11 pm #189886
Probably Snowden, why didn’t David Fincher pick this up? damn it..July 9, 2015 at 2:16 pm #189887
As a follow-up to the winning Citizen Four, which is really quite surprising, I’ll go with Snowden. Plus, it’s Oliver, so I’m not very worried about the political pov here.
Then again, Zemeckis, whom I prefer of these two, could surprise. It’s about time either way for the talented J G-L.July 9, 2015 at 3:38 pm #189888
Whether people think the accent is ridiculous or not, it sounds pretty much spot on to me. So I’ll go with The Walk, because Zemeckis’s last film got a nom for its lead actor. Stone’s last 11 films did not.
I am hoping that both are good and that Levitt is worthy of a nom for either.July 9, 2015 at 5:11 pm #189889
His narrative of never being nominated will not be a driving factor for voters this year. Best Actor will be packed with the usual suspects.July 9, 2015 at 5:56 pm #189890
I hope I enjoy “The Walk” as much as I enjoyed “Man on Wire.”July 9, 2015 at 6:07 pm #189891
Snowden (Am I pushing for an Oliver Stone’s film? – the things you make me do, Joseph)
I only can hope he finally gets in. He’s an excellent actor. And the accent in The Walk trailer doesn’t bother me, the wig though…