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  • Mackwilly30
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    I was looking and did not see a thread for Wonder. I’ve read the book, which in itself was a tear-jerker. While originally slated for an April release, Lionsgate pushed it to November (I’m thinking because it sees it as a possible awards contender). Early reviews are mostly positive, and it seems to be a feel-good movie for the whole family (which is desperately needed now more than ever). I see the film in the prediction centre for makeup, and rightfully so. They’ve done a great job allowing Jacob to portray a child with a facial deformity. In addition to makeup, I’d love to see Jacob Tremblay and Julia Roberts a factor in best actor and best supporting actress. I still cannot get over Tremblay’s snub for Room, and am hoping the Academy will nominate him for his next great performance. But as we all know they’re biased against children actors, especially young male actors. How do you see this film’s award chances? I’m looking forward to seeing it regardless of how it does at the awards shows.

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    forwardswill
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    This was very corny but very enjoyable. As I’ve said in one of the other threads, I thought Roberts was exceptional and provided the emotional subtleties the film severely needed to not seem excessive. Tremblay was good even if he didn’t reach the heights of ‘Room’ (he won’t be nominated so let’s not even pretend). Owen Wilson was also perfectly cast.

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    Jackson B
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    Saw this tonight. So good. Total crowdpleaser!
    It recieved an A+ Cinemascore!
    This could end up pulling a Blind Side.
    Its going to have major box office legs, A+ Cinemascore, feel good crowd pleaser and great reviews. Hell it’s reviews are stronger than Blind Side.
    Both films are led by a likeable A lister (Julia and Sandra are very similar actresses).
    I think it’s time to start considering Wonder as an Oscar/awards contender, just like The Blind Side became.

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    Aint2Proud2Beg
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    What the hell is going on? This might turn out to be a sleeper hit. Is Julia Roberts the next Best Supporting Actress contender just like Sandra Bullock after Blindside became a sleeper hit?

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    rodman
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    Will Julia be pushed for “Best Supporting Actress? or “Lead Actress”

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    Aint2Proud2Beg
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    Will Julia be pushed for “Best Supporting Actress? or “Lead Actress”

    She knows she has no chance in lead so her best bet is supporting. I haven’t seen the movie yet so i cannot speak about her screen time.

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    forwardswill
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    Will Julia be pushed for “Best Supporting Actress? or “Lead Actress”

    She knows she has no chance in lead so her best bet is supporting. I haven’t seen the movie yet so i cannot speak about her screen time.

    She’s clear Supporting and would, imo, be a great nominee.

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    Sasha
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    Fuck you, Cameron! Fuck you for turning this down and other offers. Stay in that retirement home of yours for the rest of your life.

    The movie was absolutely delightful. Took my nephews and nieces to see it. We all loved it. No wonder it’s made so much in box office.

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    Andrew Carden
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    My two cents (oh, and Roberts is 100% Supporting)…

    If only Jacob Tremblay could narrate every film!

    Tremblay, who was inexplicably robbed of an Oscar nomination (I would perhaps even argue the win) for Room two years back, again proves himself one of our finest child actors with his latest effort, director Stephen Chbosky’s film adaptation of Wonder.

    Based on R.J. Palacio’s beloved 2012 novel, Wonder tells the story of August “Auggie” Pullman (Tremblay), a young boy with Treacher Collins syndrome, the genetic disorder characterized by facial deformities. Having to date been homeschooled by his mom (Julia Roberts), Auggie, with some initial anxiety and reluctance, makes the leap into attending an elementary school for the first time.

    Auggie encounters no shortage of ignorance and cruelty from some of his classmates – fueled, as we come to find, by some parents who deserve a special place in hell – but, over time, comes across the right friendly faces and teaches even some of the nastier forces that he’s really just an ordinary (and awesome) kid.

    Auggie’s story alone is an absorbing one but Wonder is in fact a great ensemble piece, shining a spotlight on his adoring parents (Owen Wilson portrays the father); the older sister (Izabela Vidovic) who’s been there every step of the way through her brother’s journeys in and out of hospitals and herself is struggling socially in school; and Auggie’s friend Jack Will (Noah Jupe), torn between the new pal he loves and peer pressure to poke fun at him. Even Auggie’s sister’s estranged friend has her own little sequence!

    Wonder isn’t quite as ambitious a picture as say, this year’s Wonderstruck, but it’s still awfully irresistible, with Tremblay charming, funny and also heartbreaking as can be in the lead role. Roberts and Wilson are in warm, wonderful form and Vidovic is an absolute revelation as Auggie’s sister, who finds surprising fulfillment through her school’s drama group. Watch out for a terrific turn by Mandy Patinkin too, who plays the school principal.

    Chbosky’s The Perks of a Wallflower left me rather cold a few years back, so, despite my affection for Tremblay, I did not have terribly high expectations for this. Well, those modest expectations were exceeded by leaps and bounds and I would encourage all to check out this marvelous (and surprisingly not manipulative/saccharine) film.

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    Riley
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    Tremblay, who was inexplicably robbed of an Oscar nomination (I would perhaps even argue the win) for Room two years back, again proves himself one of our finest child actors with his latest effort, director Stephen Chbosky’s film adaptation of Wonder.

    Wait, Stephen Chbosky? This is now a must-see for me.

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    vonmar
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    5th grade teacher son saw this yesterday with a large group of his fellow elementary school teachers. They had all read the book as part of a district wide project on inclusion.

    Full house at the matinee with a lot of families. Not a dry eye in the house and a lot of chatter about the film on the way out.

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    Fuck you, Cameron! Fuck you for turning this down and other offers. Stay in that retirement home of yours for the rest of your life.

    The movie was absolutely delightful. Took my nephews and nieces to see it. We all loved it. No wonder it’s made so much in box office.

    She’ll eventually qualify for the honorary if she lives long enough. And Julia Roberts get Oscar nod number five.

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    PerksofBeingGriff
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    Chbosky knows emotions. We need to keep watching him and his other projects moving forward. He directed my favorite film of all time, and I’m seeing this tomorrow. I cannot wait to be deeply emotionally fucked from this too!

    “Someone is staring at you in ‘Personal Growth’.”

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    WildforFilm
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    I saw this film at a screening last week and then twice over the weekend with separate friends. It’s great to see that it did so well at the box office and I hope the word of mouth spreads.

    Due to its positive and uplifting message, I wonder (no pun intended) if this could be the “feel-good” nominee at the Oscars this year in the Best Picture race. There is really no film yet that is anyway joyful, and I think the Academy would like to have an option at the ceremony. Those above cited The Blind Side having similar success several years ago. I would support any and all nominations this would receive.

    The cast was perfect and I think several of the child actors could have promising careers. Julia Roberts, where have you been and will you please come back more often?!

    Stephen Chbosky wrote a wonderful script and directed this film beautifully, which begs the questions, could he receive an Adapted Screenplay nomination??? He most likely has some goodwill with the Academy for writing Perks of Being Wallflower and this year’s smash hit, Beauty and the Beast. I think he could be a contender.

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    Paul Hardister
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    Anything is possible. I haven’t seen it yet but if The Blind Side can get in or that Incredibly Close 9/11 movie can get in, this could too. Especially since it’s over-performing at the box office and coming out right at the time guild members are voting.

    For fans of Wonder, what else would it get nominated for besides Best Picture, if it were in the running?

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