January 5, 2016 at 7:28 pm #206457
Since we have two female-driven period romances about young department store clerks finding love in the 1950’s, Brooklyn and Carol, which one do you think voters will embrace more?
I personally think they might go more for Brooklyn because while Carol is an excellent movie, Brooklyn has more of a crowd-pleasing element to it. It’s not only romantic, but it’s funny, sad, and offers nostalgia. But Carol is very unsentimental. It’s more of a “critic’s movie” if that makes any sense.
Also, Brooklyn managed a PGA nod while Carol missed out which might indicate how voters are thinking.
But what do you guys think?January 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm #206459
Carol is also about two women falling in love, and let’s not mince words here, some people will vote for Brooklyn over it simply because of that.January 5, 2016 at 8:05 pm #206460
Let’s not do this people. Throwing the homophobic card is petty.January 5, 2016 at 8:51 pm #206461
Carol is boring and uncommercial. What remains to be seen is if it can rally to be respected enough as an auteur piece like The Tree of Life (picture, director, cinematography) or if is too much of a stretch for the academy, but still gets love for its Oscar-familiar cast (The Master).
Brooklyn has connected with critics, audiences and the industry. Bonuses are that it will be the main push from BAFTA and is on the road to a major Oscar win (I encourage you to lock in the 22/1 odds at SAG now).January 5, 2016 at 10:34 pm #206462
There’s zero basis for a comparison with Tree of Life – nothing thematically, structually, or visually in common.
Brooklyn and Carol aren’t mutually exclusive. Carol’s “competition” for the other female-centric film slot appears to be Room. It’s unlikely Brooklyn is the only one nominated, but now I’d be surprised if both Carol and Room also make it in. (pre-BAFTA)January 6, 2016 at 1:05 am #206463
“Brooklyn” is way more relatable.January 6, 2016 at 1:09 am #206464
They are both polarizing Cannes winners that have have hit a home run with film snobs and not many others. Both are set in the fifties too.January 6, 2016 at 2:48 am #206465
I love both, I am predicting both for Best Picture (Carol ahead of Brooklyn though), I think both will get wide BAFTA love.
I think Carol lends itself numbers wise to more Oscar glory, because te score, cinematography etc have been plauded more across the season. Plus it has 2 strong chances in the acting race – Brooklyn has one. Haynes is more likely for Director than Crowley. Both strong bets for Screenplay nods, and costume/production should have both in.
Brooklyn is more crowd pleasing, but Carol has had more vocal, passionate support since its debut than Brooklyn has.
Check out more of my thoughts on Twitter (@AMG_Review) and Instagram (amg_reviews)January 6, 2016 at 3:16 am #206466
Have not seen Carol, but I thought Brooklyn was nice. The immigration story of Brooklyn may resonate with voters (especially the older ones) more than the LGBT theme of ‘Carol’, which seems to be regular Oscar bait theme (btw, I thought the breakout LGBT movie last year was ‘Tangerine’).January 6, 2016 at 9:01 am #206467
I think that Carol’s struggles to gain traction aren’t entirely unexpected given Todd Haynes’ past films. Far From Heaven really feels like it should have been a BP lock, and I’m Not There feels like it should have at least gotten technical nominations. Instead, both were primarily seen by the academy as acting showcases, because of Haynes’ excellent ability to work with actors. Carol seems to be heading towards the same fate.
Brooklyn seems to be performing more like Philomena, where an outstanding lead performance draws attention to the film, and ultimately brings about nominations in other categories as a result. I wouldn’t actually be surprised if Brooklyn got the exact same four nominations as Philomena had (Picture, Actress, Screenplay, Score).January 6, 2016 at 9:11 am #206468
I saw both these films one after the other at the cinema, and I have to admit, Brooklyn was my favourite of the two. It was such a beautiful film that had so much heart. I preferred its story and its characters. Not to say I didn’t like Carol, but Brooklyn, for me, was superior.January 6, 2016 at 9:45 am #206469
I thought Brooklyn was a good film, but forgetabble. It’s funny people say Carol is cold, but that was my feeling towards Brooklyn. The main character only admitted she was married when the shop lady threatened to spill her secrets. How is that romantic?
Carol, on the other hand, was one of the most beautiful films i have seen. The acting and cinematography was spellbinding.
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