On September 5 A24 released the official trailer for its upcoming indie drama “Waves,” which could trouble the water this Oscar season following its August world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. Does it look liken awards contender to you? Watch the trailer above, and make or update your own Oscar picks here in our predictions center.
A24’s official plot synopsis says, “Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, ‘Waves’ traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family — led by a well-intentioned but domineering father — as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. From acclaimed director Trey Edward Shults, ‘Waves’ is a heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times.”
That father is played by Sterling K. Brown, who has quickly become an industry favorite with two Emmys for “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “This is Us,” and four Screen Actors Guild Awards including an individual acting honor for “This is Us,” two ensemble prizes for “This is Us,” and an ensemble victory with the cast of “Black Panther.” So he could be poised for an Oscar berth in Best Supporting Actor, where he’s being campaigned.
But he’s not the only person involved in the film with an awards-friendly pedigree. His wife is played by Renee Elise Goldsberry, a Tony and Grammy winner for her role in Broadway’s “Hamilton,” and even an Emmy nominee for her stint on “One Life to Live” in the mid-2000s. The cast also includes Lucas Hedges, an Oscar nominee for “Manchester by the Sea,” whose resume already includes other Oscar nominees like “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Lady Bird” and Oscar winner “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (and he’s only 22-years-old). The writer-director is Trey Edward Shults, a Spirit Award winner for his debut feature film “Krisha” (2015) who also helmed the acclaimed horror film “It Comes at Night.”
Some comparisons to Best Picture winner “Moonlight” (2016) will be inevitable since both are A24 indie dramas set in Florida with predominantly black casts. Such comparisons could hurt or help the film depending on how it’s received when it officially opens on November 1. How do you think it will go over?
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