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  • Scottferguson
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    #110660

    With Denis Villeneuve’s film playing the role of Argo at this year’s Telluride (the unannounced premiere that shakes up the Oscar race) it deserves its own thread.

    Pete Hammond, DH’s Oscar writer, just wrote that the film stands as an equal so far to any film at Telluride, which is a pretty high caliber group of showings up till now.

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    Tye-Grr
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    I was honestly surprised that it received the reviews it did. Based only on the trailer, I was very indifferent, but wow, the praise this film has (and that for Jackman) is pretty crazy. 

    That being said, by far my most anticipated film (and if you look back on any threads relating to such in the past two years, has always been) Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’. I’m very happy to hear the universal raves this film is getting. I cannot wait to be first in line to see it October 4th (or technically, October 3rd).  

    I’m looking forward to ‘Prisoners’ now too.  

    The funny part is, I’m much more likely to find Hugh Jackman’s performance Oscar worthy in ‘Prisoners’ than I did for ‘Les Mis’, and he’ll probably get snubbed for this one.  

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    iveriver
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    I want to go to there.

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    Tye-Grr
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    No Metacritic score yet, but the 3 reviews so far are raves:

    Hollywood Reporter- 100
    Variety- 100
    Indie Wire/The Playlist- 91

    I think this is a film to watch out for. Raves for directing, editing, cinematography, screenplay, picture, Best Actor (Hugh Jackman), Supporting Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal, maybe Terrence Howard), and maybe Supporting Actress (Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo). 

    I didn’t see this one coming. Jackman especially is getting glowing reviews, even more so than his Oscar nominated turn in ‘Les Miserables’. If it’s a box office hit too, watch for this one. 

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    I thought Hugh and Jake were co-leads… Do I smell another category fraud coming?

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    Tye-Grr
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    I thought Hugh and Jake were co-leads… Do I smell another category fraud coming?

    Kinda… It sounds like Jackman is the true lead, but Gyllenhaal gets ample screentime and an arc of his own. Sounds borderline.  

    The sad part is, I’m honestly just assuming they’ll put Gyllenhaal in supporting at this point. They might campaign both in lead.  

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    Scottferguson
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    I’m wonder about Prisoners appeal – it sounds like a tough film, and it’s over 2.5 hours long. I think Warners positioned this more as an international than US film. Coming out mid-Sept gives it room to connect when later would be more crowded, but my guess is that this is going to have trouble making it to much more than $50 million domestic. But don’t take this to the bank – this is clearly a work in progress in terms of marketing.

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    Tye-Grr
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    I’m wonder about Prisoners appeal – it sounds like a tough film, and it’s over 2.5 hours long. I think Warners positioned this more as an international than US film. Coming out mid-Sept gives it room to connect when later would be more crowded, but my guess is that this is going to have trouble making it to much more than $50 million domestic. But don’t take this to the bank – this is clearly a work in progress in terms of marketing.

    Right. It could potentially be a word-of-mouth player. However, if we are going to compare it to ‘Zodiac’, then this could very well fall below the Academy’s radar and the general public’s (though to be fair, ‘Zodiac’ came out much earlier in the year).  

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    babypook
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    I’m going to repeat what I said in the Telluride thread re Villeneuve. I can scarcely believe he’s done an English-speaking, mainstream film.  I’m not sure how I feel about that, but I am rooting for him big time.  His past films are unflinching, and usually leaves me shaking.

    ETA: Now that Jackman is in another Oscary type film, this is our opportunity to trash and trash and trash Tom Hooper’s last effort.  Ya, go nuts y’all. 

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    Malick
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    So this has turned into an awards contender, nice to see. Can Maria Bello or Paul Dano finally get nominated please!

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    babypook
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    ^At least they both have SAG nominations, and a win for Dano. I’m left wondering what Dano’s hair is going to look like.

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    Malick
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    ^ if its anything like Javier Bardems hair in ‘No Country, Skyfall and now The Counselor’ i know you wont like it .

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    vinny
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    The trailor looks great. Jackman could get nominated and might even have a chance this time (cuz even though Ioved Les Miserables I even gotta say that DDL  was the best actor in that category)

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    I was honestly surprised that it received the reviews it did. Based only on the trailer, I was very indifferent, but wow, the praise this film has (and that for Jackman) is pretty crazy.

    I agree completely. The trailer made it look like the typical “kidnapped kid makes father go be a ruthless hero” film. But it has to be a lot more complex than that considering the reviews. Normally I would stay leagues away from this type of film, but the reviews have me intrigued.

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    My review: http://graemeoneil.com/2013/09/08/review-prisoners/
     
    I don’t really go into detail about its Oscar chances cause that’s more for this site. Jackman is a definite contender for a nomination, but I could easily see him being snubbed. He was nominated last year, and I don’t think this is necessarily a performance that gets you back-to-back nominations, but he’s definitely in the mix. Gyllenhaal is lead as well, could be miscategorized as supporting, but he won’t be nominated regardless. He plays the cop investigating the case. That’s about it. Bello, Davis, Howard all great, but nothing significant enough to get nominations. Melissa Leo is a possibility, but she won’t get a nomination.
    Screenplay is a real possibility. 

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