“Mary Poppins” was the top-grossing film of 1964 and reaped a lucky 13 Oscar bids, winning five. Besides the Best Actress trophy for film newcomer Julie Andrews, it took home film editing, score, song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”) and visual effects. It lost the races for picture, director, adapted screenplay, color art direction, color cinematography, color costume design and sound.
The screen version of the 1956 Broadway musical “My Fair Lady,” which had launched Andrews won all of those awards save for adapted screenplay which went to “Becket.” Jack Warner had spurned casting Andrews in the role of Eliza Doolittle, opting for Oscar winner Audrey Hepburn instead who ended up being snubbed by the actors branch of the academy.
Sequels rarely do as well as their original, particularly if the film is as iconic as “Mary Poppins.” Rob Marshall’s long-awaited sequel “Mary Poppins Returns” has earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Marshall’s Mary, Emily Blunt, and Best Picture Comedy or Musical from the HFPA, too. Lin-Manuel Miranda also earned a Golden Globe nomination, for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical.
How will it fare at the Academy Awards. Our current odds are predicting it will contend in these categories:
Best Actress (Emily Blunt)
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design
Best Song (“The Place Where Lost Things Go”)
Best Song (“Trip a Little Light Fantastic”)
Best Visual Effects
That’s a total of seven nominations, six less than its original managed. So how many of these seven races is “Mary Poppins Returns” expected to win? Alas, it’s predicted to go home empty-handed.The highest it climbs on our charts is third place in both Costume Design and Production Design. To quote Blunt’s Mary herself: can you imagine that?
Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Oscar contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own Oscar predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on January 22.