2018 Oscars: ‘Last Flag Flying’ stakes claim for Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell [VIDEO]

Richard Linklater‘s “Last Flag Flying,” which will open the New York Film Festival on Sept. 28, just released its first trailer. It is a sequel to the 1973 Oscar contender “The Last Detail,” with Bryan Cranston taking on Jack Nicholson’s nominated role of a salty sailor. He and Mueller (Laurence Fishburne), who once acted as armed escorts to Doc (Steve Carell) when he was being sent to the brig, now accompany him to bury his son who was killed in the Iraq invasion.

All three of these co-stars have contended for Best Actor at the Oscars for real-life roles: Fishburne was nominated in 1993 for his turn as Ike Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do with It”; he lost to Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia”) Carell contended in 2014 for playing the murderous millionaire John du Pont in “Foxcatcher”; he was bested by Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”). And Bryan Cranston vied in 2015 for portraying Oscar-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in “Trumbo”; he was edged out by Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”).

Linklater’s last film, “Boyhood,” was a leading Oscar player three years ago, winning Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette, and contending in five other categories including Best Picture. Linklater was nominated for both his helming and scripting. This time around he shares screenwriting credit with Darryl Ponicsan, who helped adapt his novel.

Last year, Amazon Studios established itself as a significant Oscar player, winning two of six bids for the domestic drama “Manchester by the Sea” (Best Actor, Casey Affleck; Best Original Screenplay, Kenneth Lonergan) as well as Best Foreign Language Feature for “The Salesman.”

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