“Straight Outta Compton” scored a stellar 89 on Rotten Tomatoes and raked in a jaw-dropping $56 million in its first weekend. But even more importantly — at least when it comes to its Oscar chances — was the reaction to the official academy screening on Saturday. We hear from an industry insider that it got a “huge response” from an enthusiastic crowd of about 700.
So, what does this all mean when it comes to the Academy Awards? Bird, one of our forum posters, weighed in on this hot topic and offers this insightful analysis:
I think it could do well mainly because this is the year of Universal, which I think will expand into award sseason.
It could perform well at the Golden Globes because it will likely be placed in the comedy/musical categories.
As for Oscars, I can see it getting anywhere from zero to six nominations.
These are detailed below in order of likelihood.
Best Sound Mixing
Music oriented films have an easier time making it into this category;
I can see this falling into a similar situation as “Selma,” where picture may be an easier get than other nominations.
Best Supporting Actor- Jason Mitchell or Paul Giamatti
To me, Jason Mitchell had the best performance in the film as Eazy-E (followed closely behind by Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre). He also has the most “Oscar-y” scene in the film. The problem is that he’s a virtual unknown. Paul Giamatti gives a good performance as the manager and he’s the only big name actor in the cast, which is why I consider him a possibility.
F. Gary Gray showed some confident directing skills and would be very deserving of a nomination. The acadmy may also be seeking to make up for the absence of Ava DuVernay
Some great, non obvious, camera work that might be overlooked.
Best Film Editing
This is a tricky one. The last third of the film drags a bit, but the first two thirds flows so smoothly, which rarely happens for me when it comes to music biopics.
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