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  • Wombat988
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    First off, I’ll mention I’m fairly new to this site, so I’m probably not as knowledgable about how the Academy thinks as most of you.

    What is it about Unbroken that has gotten so many people hooked on the idea of it doing so well? As far as I can see the only things it has going for it is the subject matter and the Coen Brothers helming the screenplay.

    Angelina Jolie has only directed one feature film prior to Unbroken (In the Land of Blood and Honey) which received mixed reviews from critics. If the academy feels the need to feature a female director to show diversity, they also have the option of Ava DuVernay, who is already being praised for Selma, and has proven herself to be a competent director in the past.

    Granted, the Coen Brothers are some of the best screenwriters out there, but the last time they wrote a screenplay for a film without directing it, the film received overwhelmingly negative reviews.

    I’m not meaning to sound condescending towards the opinions of others, but I am genuinely curious as to why this film is gaining such attention. Am I missing something huge? 

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    AMG
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    I think it is the subject matter that would have gotten some ears twitching with regard to awards anyway, but the names associated with it have put it up there as a top contender despite no one having seen it.
    Added to that is the Coen brothers screenplay, people love them, and after last year missing out for Inside Llewyn Davis, many feel that they deserve to nommed. 

    Angelina Jolie directing her first english language film is a massive thing. If it goes well, then I reckon she will land a directing nod. I am also predicting Ava DuVernay to get in too, so the chance to see 2 females getting nommed for the first time will be huge for the Academy, and films as a whole, especially after so much criticism about the massive gender divide there is in film.

    A breakthrough performance is always something to be excited about, and Jack O’Connell could be propelled to international success if the film does well, which I can’t see the film doing anything but. 

    And, possibly most importantly, the trailers for the film do look epic. It is the one film that I am most excited about seeing across all the contenders for this years awards season. That is saying something when we’ve had an adaptation of one of the best selling books in recent years (Gone Girl) – which has the iconic David Fincher directing. We’ve had Nolan returning to films away from Gotham, on a monumentous scale. There’s a film which took 12 years to make, a comeback for Keaton, star making films for Redmayne & Teller, Cumberbatch getting a nominatable role, finally! Witherspoon returning to solid roles, Moore getting the Oscar recognition she has deserved for years. JC Chandor going for gold after two great films. The vast importance and buzz around Selma. So many worthy films, but this is the one for me that gets me most excited! 

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    Tye-Grr
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    First off, I’ll mention I’m fairly new to this site, so I’m probably not as knowledgable about how the Academy thinks as most of you.

    What is it about Unbroken that has gotten so many people hooked on the idea of it doing so well? As far as I can see the only things it has going for it is the subject matter and the Coen Brothers helming the screenplay.

    Angelina Jolie has only directed one feature film prior to Unbroken (In the Land of Blood and Honey) which received mixed reviews from critics. If the academy feels the need to feature a female director to show diversity, they also have the option of Ava DuVernay, who is already being praised for Selma, and has proven herself to be a competent director in the past.

    Granted, the Coen Brothers are some of the best screenwriters out there, but the last time they wrote a screenplay for a film without directing it, the film received overwhelmingly negative reviews.

    I’m not meaning to sound condescending towards the opinions of others, but I am genuinely curious as to why this film is gaining such attention. Am I missing something huge? 

    First of all… Welcome to the forums!

    As for ‘Unbroken’, it just seems really baity to me and like something that would be right up the alley of the academy. Will it actually be good? To be honest, none of the trailers have done anything for me. It looks sentimental in the worst way, but I’m hoping that the trailers are purposefully going as broad as possible and that it is not representative of the film’s actual tone. Jack O’Connell is having a breakout year, to be sure, but this is one of the most stacked years for leading actor, and unless he completely knocks it out of the park, I don’t think he’s a real threat either. I think the techs and maybe one of the supporting players will be it’s best chances at nominations. I suppose we will find out soon enough. 

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    AMG
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    First off, I’ll mention I’m fairly new to this site, so I’m probably not as knowledgable about how the Academy thinks as most of you.

    What is it about Unbroken that has gotten so many people hooked on the idea of it doing so well? As far as I can see the only things it has going for it is the subject matter and the Coen Brothers helming the screenplay.

    Angelina Jolie has only directed one feature film prior to Unbroken (In the Land of Blood and Honey) which received mixed reviews from critics. If the academy feels the need to feature a female director to show diversity, they also have the option of Ava DuVernay, who is already being praised for Selma, and has proven herself to be a competent director in the past.

    Granted, the Coen Brothers are some of the best screenwriters out there, but the last time they wrote a screenplay for a film without directing it, the film received overwhelmingly negative reviews.

    I’m not meaning to sound condescending towards the opinions of others, but I am genuinely curious as to why this film is gaining such attention. Am I missing something huge? 

    I hadn’t massively though of it as the Academy having the option to vote for one female director. I am currently predicting both to get in, but actually reading what you say there, it does some more likely that only the one will get in. If Jolie does anything with the film that is a bit intriguing, it could work against her. They don’t nominate, or give the award to, visionaries like Fincher & Nolan who both have their unmistakable stamps they have on their films. It may work better for Jolie if she does a solid directing job, rather than trying to be bold and different. Tom Hooper did an okay job with The King’s Speech and won over Fincher for The Social Network, who had a bold directorial presence. 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    For me, it was all in the trailer. That trailer just seemed to fit so well into the Oscar mold, that I can only imagine the film will too. I am more skeptical than my predictions would suggest, because if it is decent or worse then it will just drop straight out of my predictions. The expectations are high enough that it will need to meet them to do well.

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    vinny
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    For me, I was kinda amazed by the story line and how it was based on a true story. It’s kinda sad to say but anything based on a true story I will watch lol.

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    Riley
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    In addition to the Coens, they have six-time nominee Alexandre Desplat doing the score and eleven-time nominee Roger Deakins on cinematography.  The editor and the other two co-writers are lesser known, but all have been nominated for Oscars.  In addition to this dream team, there is the Christmas release date, the true-story aspect and the Second World War setting and the whole thing looks like manufactured Oscar bait.

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    manakamana
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    It has a lot to do with subject matter and name recognition. I, personally, find little to think that it will be successful as a film. As you mentioned, Jolie has yet to prove her directorial talents and any Coen brothers script they don’t direct usually ends up being really bad. The trailers look, at best, like a slot-a-into-slot-b movie made by commission for maximum Oscar-age, which can honestly hurt perceptions of it if it’s seen as trying too hard. At its worst it looks like a vanity project for Jolie. I don’t understand why some were so eager to say that Selma looked too cheesy before its AFI premiere but thought Unbroken looked much better. And given the rich options the directing branch has to choose from this year, including DuVernay, I don’t know why they would go for a Hollywood actor like Jolie when they didn’t even want to include Ben Affleck all those years ago. 

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    Nessie
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    I’ve been amazed at everyone predicting Unbroken as a frontrunner.

    The book is problematical: too many episodes (some of them, sorry the late Mr. Zavatini, one suspects of being heavily embroidered – killing sharks with his bare hands for example). How is it possible to fit this all in a 2 hour film: childhood delinquent, runner, Olympics, WWII, gets shot down into the sea, stranded at sea scenario, beaten so much in a Japanese POW camp that it is impossible (not unlikely) that he survived, gangpressed into becoming a ‘spokesperson’ for the Japanese, gets married after the war, becomes an alcoholic and then Billy Graham converts him to Christianity and he turns into a Christian motivational speaker.

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

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    starfishgirl
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    It has a lot to do with subject matter and name recognition. I, personally, find little to think that it will be successful as a film. As you mentioned, Jolie has yet to prove her directorial talents and any Coen brothers script they don’t direct usually ends up being really bad. The trailers look, at best, like a slot-a-into-slot-b movie made by commission for maximum Oscar-age, which can honestly hurt perceptions of it if it’s seen as trying too hard. At its worst it looks like a vanity project for Jolie. I don’t understand why some were so eager to say that Selma looked too cheesy before its AFI premiere but thought Unbroken looked much better. And given the rich options the directing branch has to choose from this year, including DuVernay, I don’t know why they would go for a Hollywood actor like Jolie when they didn’t even want to include Ben Affleck all those years ago. 

    I agree with every single thing in this post. Plus I find the premiere being in Australia to be suspicious, especially because they’re not showing the film in the U.S. for two weeks after that. I don’t think that’s a move of confidence by the studio. I can’t think of a major Oscar contender that had its world premiere overseas (not counting a big festival like Cannes of course).

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    shibby
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    Hello all! I am also very new to the forums fyi.

    Does anyone know when this will be screened and make it’s debut? Also, does anyone know when the review embargo (if there even will be one) will be lifted?

    I’m very curious about this film. 

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    Actriz
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    Jeff Wells reported today that it’s screening in Australia tomorrow, so we should have reactions by tomorrow night.

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    shibby
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    Thank you actriz.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    One of the things I want to point out is that the director’s branch is almost completely male and they have only nominated four female directors EVER (Lina Wertmuller for Seven Beauties, 1976; Jane Campion for The Piano, 1993; Sofia Coppola for Lost In Translation, 2003; Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker, 2009) – my point is that while I still have Angelina Jolie in my predictions, I’m not at all certain. I don’t think Ava Duverney has any chance at a nomination at this point (but I haven’t seen Selma yet).  I have had decidedly mixed feelings about the trailers I have seen for this movie. It feels a bit syrupy and yet also too brutal. It also feels like it is cramming in a great deal of material – what is the length of the movie? I think this is a movie that is going to get a sharply divided critical reception. I am waiting to see the whole movie in December and I have it on my predictions lists quite tentatively at this point….

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    manakamana
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    I don’t think Ava Duverney has any chance at a nomination at this point (but I haven’t seen Selma yet).

    Check out the reviews, m8. 

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