Roman Israel, Esq—the movie formerly known as Inner City

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  • distain
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    Inner City sounded cool and probably appropriate to the story, but I can see why Sony made the title change. Inner City, cool as it sounds, is a generic enough title that many might confuse it for one of Denzel Washington’s action/thriller films, instead of a serious character study.

    Naming the film after the main character, puts it more in the realm of films like Jerry Maguire and Michael Clayton, in terms of branding as a serious awards contender. The title change, to me, suggests Sony really wants this to be percieved as a prestige film, and not a thriller.

    Best Actor this year is looking like a bloodbath already. Potentially Washington vs Day-Lewis vs Oldman.

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    Ramses23
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    It’s going to be interesting how this film is marketed. Principal production finished a few days ago and should be in post-production by now. The first teaser/trailer for the film will show what tone Gilroy is going for. The new title does give the film more of a prestige feel, even though Inner City is a cool title.

     

    After Nightcrawler, I trust Gilroy’s instincts as a filmmaker. If Roman Israel, Esq delivers it could be a big Oscar contender for several categories including Best Picture, Best Director (Gilroy), Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Washington), and Best Supporting Actor (Farrell). Looking at the set  photos from filming, Denzel’s physical transformation for the role looks to be amazing.

     

     

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    Jake
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    Best Actor this year is looking like a bloodbath already. Potentially Washington vs Day-Lewis vs Oldman.

    Isn’t it 2018 release?

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    kingfan011
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    It’ll be interesting to see if they can get it out this year. Anyway I’m excited.

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    distain
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    Best Actor this year is looking like a bloodbath already. Potentially Washington vs Day-Lewis vs Oldman.

    Isn’t it 2018 release?

    It’s already been confirmed by Deadline that Sony is looking for a late 2017 release for awards season.

    It’s in the Oscar race this year.

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    Jake
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    ^^That’s fine. Here’s hope it will be at least as good as “Nightcrawler” was and then it will do better at the Oscars.

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    distain
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    If it’s anything as good as Nightcrawler, it should do very well at the Oscars. In several categories. Jake Gyllenhaal is a terrific actor, but he’s not really an Oscar favorite/perrenial (yet. Maybe in a few years he will be). And Gilroy was a first time director with Nightcrawler. There were not really enough elements there for the Academy to gravitate to, despite the high quality of the film. Washington is an Oscar perrenial. I think Colin Farrell is getting more respect these days and is percieved as overdue for an Oscar nomination, so I can see a supporting actor bid for him if his role is strong enough.

    I think it’s strongest bid is likely Best Actor though. Washington was obviously the runner-up in the last Best Actor race, and this seems a role that could get him the win (transformation and against type). It’s a very strong field this year. Day-Lewis doesn’t look to have a transforming role this time around, but the retirement narrative will obviously help him. Oldman has the transformation and “never won before” narrative in his favor, even though the role of Churchill might be slightly oversubscribed at this point. Then you have potentials like Gyllehaal, Phoenix, Jackman etc.

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    Justmimusicmon
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    I’m very much looking forward to this one.

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    If it’s anything as good as Nightcrawler, it should do very well at the Oscars. In several categories. Jake Gyllenhaal is a terrific actor, but he’s not really an Oscar favorite/perrenial (yet. Maybe in a few years he will be). And Gilroy was a first time director with Nightcrawler. There were not really enough elements there for the Academy to gravitate to, despite the high quality of the film. Washington is an Oscar perrenial. I think Colin Farrell is getting more respect these days and is percieved as overdue for an Oscar nomination, so I can see a supporting actor bid for him if his role is strong enough. I think it’s strongest bid is likely Best Actor though. Washington was obviously the runner-up in the last Best Actor race, and this seems a role that could get him the win (transformation and against type). It’s a very strong field this year. Day-Lewis doesn’t look to have a transforming role this time around, but the retirement narrative will obviously help him. Oldman has the transformation and “never won before” narrative in his favor, even though the role of Churchill might be slightly oversubscribed at this point. Then you have potentials like Gyllehaal, Phoenix, Jackman etc.

    I really think this film should have waited for a 2018 release. There seems to be way to much competition this year for Best Actor. Distain, do you think Denzel could  get snubbed?

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    distain
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    I really think this film should have waited for a 2018 release. There seems to be way to much competition this year for Best Actor. Distain, do you think Denzel could get snubbed?

    Sure he could get snubbed. People had Daniel Day-Lewis penciled in for a Best Actor nod for Nine till his reviews came out and didn’t put him in a strong enough position. People for months predicted Liam Neeson as last seasons supporting actor winner for Silence, and he got nowhere near a nomination. So the obvious choices don’t always make it.

    But Denzel’s a super-consistent actor in high quality projects of this nature, so there’s little reason to doubt that he won’t deliver a nomination worthy performance. And he usually gets nominated or is in contention quite easily when he’s doing strong work in a serious drama. Being snubbed is probably more of a concern for someone like Tom Hanks, who hasn’t had much luck with the Academy for many years, despite a string of Oscar-level projects.

    It also helps Washington that he just came off a SAG Best Actor win and likely runner-up finish at the last Oscars, where some betting lines had him odds-on to win going into Oscar night. He’ll have heat from the previous season compared to everyone else in contention. But of course there are no guarantees and it looks like a supper-strong field this year. But I’d defintely have Denzel as one of the top 3 most likely nominees at this stage (Oldman and Day-Lewis being the other two) due to his pedigree and all the other factors in his favor.

    I think this could be one of the most epic Best Actor line-ups with the people involved. Denzel winning a 3rd would be great, and I think it’s a strong possiblity, but I also wouldn’t mind Gary Oldman finally winning.

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    akim67
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    You know its interesting, Chadwick Boseman also plays another lawyer as Thurgood Marshall in the movie Marshall. That movie is also coming out later this year. That movie and Denzel’s movie could cancel each other out as a result. Yikes!

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    Jake
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    I’m intrigued by this. Can’t wait. Apparently Rene Russo isn’t in it which is a shame. She should have been Oscar nominee over Laura Dern, as much as I love them both.

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    distain
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    Deadline writing about who is “the worlds greatest living actor” and says it boils down to a toss-up between Daniel Day-Lewis and Denzel Washington. They also say that they hear Denzel’s performance in Roman Israel, Esq is awards calibre, but that’s hardly a shocker. Wonder if this is the start of framing the race between Denzel and DDL, leaving Oldman in the sidelines?

    http://deadline.com/2017/06/daniel-day-lewis-denzel-washington-greatest-living-actor-star-wars-han-solo-ron-howard-phil-lord-chrisopher-miller-1202121504/

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    iheartamyadams
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    I can see Denzel Washington being very competitive for the win this year, maybe even the frontrunner going into the race. Retirement announcement or not, I don’t buy DDL winning a fourth lead Oscar so soon after his 3rd in a film that doesn’t sound all that accessible or baity. I don’t see what angle they’d play.. He already felt semi-retired as is and he’s “retired” before, so I’m not sure how much mileage they’d get out of that narrative. If the race comes down to those two, I think Denzel would win it quite easily.

    But Best Actor will be a lot of fun this year. Beyond Denzel Washington and DDL you also have Gary Oldman,  Jake Gyllenhaal and Andrew Garfield in films that look like they were made solely to win Oscars and Hanks in what many people believe is the current BP frontrunner. Bryan Cranston seems to have decent buzz too. At this point I’d probably go with Oldman for the due factor and transformative role, but Denzel winning wouldn’t surprise me either.

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    Why would they change the name to this crap? Washington’s nods came from simple titled movies.

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