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  • Anonymous
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    So, I was reading about the panel Spielberg and Lucas attended and was surprised – I’m sure most of you already know this – to hear Spielberg say that “Lincoln” was almost headed to HBO.

    Lucas jumped in: “I think eventually the Lincolns are going to go away and they’re going to be on television.”

    Spielberg smiled, saying, “And mine almost was! This close. Ask HBO — this close!”
    [url]http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/13/4425486/steven-spielberg-george-lucas-usc-film-industry-massive-implosion[/url]

    Stunning.

    I’m curious, which recent (or old) television films do you think could’ve made worthy theatrical releases?

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    Anonymous
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    Off the top of my head:

    Grey Gardens” (2009) – HBO (This film was actually intended for theatrical release, but nobody bit.  Lange and Barrymore would’ve scored Oscar nods, with Barrymore potentially winning, I think.)

    Behind the Candelabra” (2013) – HBO (As with “Grey Gardens”, it was intended for theatrical release.  It would’ve also scored Oscar noms.  At least it’s being released theatrically in some places of the world.)

    I almost included “Angels in America”, but it’s too long. 

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    24Emmy
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    Temple Grandin (HBO)

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    Scottferguson
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    George Cukor’s Love Among the Ruins, the greatest movie ever made for American TV, with Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier (all three were Emmy winners and would have been easy Oscar nominees) would be my choice.

    Unfortunately, this great film, from the mid 1970s, seems to be lost or otherwise unavailable. 

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    Logan
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    After seeing Behind the Candelabra, TV was the right place for it.

    The Lincoln news makes little sense to me. 

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    Logan
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    Love Among the Ruins is on YouTube in very weak condition (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqwNs-VReY0) and can be found on Amazon.

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    Halo_Insider
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    I think Game Change could have played pretty well in cinemas. I don’t know that it would have scored that well at the Oscars, but Julianne Moore might have received an Oscar nomination. Speaking of Jay Roach, I wouldn’t have minded seeing Recount at a theater, either. Certainly would have preferred that to some of his comedy films.

     

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    Renaton
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    Game Change could’ve been an Oscar winning film if it had a better director. I like the tv movie fine, but I don’t feel it ever fulfilled all of its potential with Roach’s direction. Had it been a theatrical release as it is, I think only Moore (and maybe Harris) would’ve bene nominated. With a better director getting a better result, you could’ve had the biggest winner of the night.

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    Beau S.
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    Behind The Candelabra actually will be released in theaters in parts of Europe.

    Game Change may or may not have scored a Best Pic nod (with the current system) and maybe a screenplay nod. Moore would be a slam-dunk for Best Actress (especially in an election year) and Ed Harris if nominated would have had a chance at winning due to do being the only non-winner of the bunch.

    Danes would have all of Portman’s awards for Temple Grandin, and David Strathairn would surely have a nomination.

    Pacino would have gone head to head with Firth had he been nominated for You Don’t Know Jack. He likely would have lost out to Firth, especially if he won his second Oscar for Angels in America. Which brings me to…

    Angels in America. Had it been properly condensed to film form (probably a 3hr-ish running time) it would have slayed. In my ideal world, the first Lord of the Rings won Best Picture so the trilogy still has a Best Picture. Angels would have been the next Streetcar for acting, winning for Pacino, Wright and Louise-Parker with a category fraud nomination in supporting for Thompson (who only loses because she already has two Oscars). However, like Streetcar one actor doesn’t win and unfortunately its Streep. Theron was waaaay too much of a juggernaut that year, though Streep would have been fierce competition. Also, the sentiment for Streep to get her third Oscar (though it was always sort of there) didn’t fire up until she broke the nomination record for acting and was one of three actresses who embarrassingly lost to Bullock. Kushner would have been the biggest lock of the night for adapted screenplay, and Pacino would also be a huge lock as the Academy would feel that he deserves to have at least one Oscar for an actually deserving performance.

    The same year as Streep vs. Theron, Glenn Close probably would have also been in the mix for her remake of The Lion in Winter. Close also would have been competitive in 1995 for Serving in Silence, and it would have been a competition of the overdue actresses between her and Sarandon.

    This year, Michael Douglas and category fraudulent Matt Damon would be early contenders. Pacino for Phil Spector would also be a contender but may fall off as the year progresses, as the film and performance disappointed many.

    In 1999 Helen Mirren would have won her overdue Best Actress award for The Passion of Ayn Rand, taking down the current holder of the worst Best Actress winner title.

    Brendan Gleeson for Into the Storm and Ian McKellen for King Lear would have challenged Penn for Milk.

    Dustin Hoffman would have been up for Best Actor for Death of a Salesman.

    Looking at the Best Actress/Actor winners in these categories at the Emmys is shocking. They are all far more talented names with great bodies of work than the corresponding Oscar categories.

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    Game Change? Pleasee. That was a hugely overrated film, medicore at best. The screenplay itself was so weak and surface level and Jay Roach’s direction did nothing to elevate or help it. Julianne Moore was one saving grace though. But even her talents could not ease the mess the film actually was. For me it was similar to The Iron Lady, only TIL had the acting and the overall ambition that made it convincing as a theatrical film unlike Game Change.

    And I could never imagine Lincoln being released in HBO. Films like those deserve theatrical releases, not limited to tv. 

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    Behind the Candelabra would have had to change a lot of things to be a theatrical release. It can’t look more made for television. Pretty basic screenplay.

    Grey Gardens is a nice choice and I think that with Lange having two wins already, and more stiff competition when it comes to Oscars, she would’ve been placed in supporting leaving Barrymore as Lead and a great contender for the win based on the Academy overreacting when a questionable but beloved actress with a questionable list of movies, suddenly shows up in an Oscar caliber/hopeful/bait movie with a carreer best performance, which is what we know happened with Bullock that same year. Barrymore would’ve been more in line with Roberts and Erin Brockovich, but it would’ve been a battle between her and Bullock, with Barrymore being my choice….and I think everybody else’s.

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    Behind the Candelabra would have had to change a lot of things to be a theatrical release. It can’t look more made for television. Pretty basic screenplay.

    Grey Gardens is a nice choice and I think that with Lange having two wins already, and more stiff competition when it comes to Oscars, she would’ve been placed in supporting leaving Barrymore as Lead and a great contender for the win based on the Academy overreacting when a questionable but beloved actress with a questionable list of movies, suddenly shows up in an Oscar caliber/hopeful/bait movie with a carreer best performance, which is what we know happened with Bullock that same year. Barrymore would’ve been more in line with Roberts and Erin Brockovich, but it would’ve been a battle between her and Bullock, with Barrymore being my choice….and I think everybody else’s.

    IMHO, it’s by far Barrymore’s best performance. She was fantastic. She needs more roles like that one.   

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    vinny
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    Grey Gardens would have been perfect. Idk if anyone remembers this one but “Bury My heart at Wounded Knee” was another great one.

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    Grey Gardens is a nice choice and I think that with Lange having two wins already, and more stiff competition when it comes to Oscars, she would’ve been placed in supporting leaving Barrymore as Lead and a great contender for the win based on the Academy overreacting when a questionable but beloved actress with a questionable list of movies, suddenly shows up in an Oscar caliber/hopeful/bait movie with a carreer best performance, which is what we know happened with Bullock that same year. Barrymore would’ve been more in line with Roberts and Erin Brockovich, but it would’ve been a battle between her and Bullock, with Barrymore being my choice….and I think everybody else’s.

    I agree with all of this.  Lange and Barrymore would’ve made it in for sure and, yes, Lange would’ve been placed in Supporting with all the Lead awards deservedly going to Barrymore.  The only reason I like that it went to HBO is that it garnered Lange a much-deserved first Emmy.

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    Recount ?

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