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IS it time to take Hacksaw Ridge seriously?

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  • Emil Petrov
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    The movie is getting amazing reviews, and I believe it is time to get the movie more seriously for awards recognition.

    Picture seems a good bet (nomination) and few techs. But is it possible…Mel Gibson to be nominated for Director?

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    M: The Original
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    Mel Gibson is not making a comeback with awards bodies for this movie. Hollywood remains populated with those in the Jewish community who vow never to forget the Holocaust and Mel Gibson’s remarks about them. Other components of the movie may be recognized but the attention will be elsewhere with controversy free titles.

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    The movie is getting some amazing reviews but it also getting other reviews calling it “corny” and “formulaic” and whatnot. I am starting to think it will be a best picture nominee, now that there is up to ten of them, and Mel Gibson may slip into the best director category over say Kenneth Lonergan, since Gibson’s film is more of a technical achievement. Think of it as this year’s “American Sniper” where a certain right wing contingent in Hollywood really falls for it. I still say it has no chance of actually winning best picture or director. Other films are going to dominate the critics awards, and I do not see “Hacksaw Ridge” winning anything from the top critics though it may show up on the NBR top ten. There is also the biggest factor which is just the fact that Oscar voters are not going to give best picture and/or director to a racist, homophobic, anti-Semite unless there is basically no one else to give them to, and this year they have several other options including America’s most acclaimed living director.

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    babypook
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    The movie is getting some amazing reviews but it also getting other reviews calling it “corny” and “formulaic” and whatnot. I am starting to think it will be a best picture nominee, now that there is up to ten of them, and Mel Gibson may slip into the best director category over say Kenneth Lonergan, since Gibson’s film is more of a technical achievement. Think of it as this year’s “American Sniper” where a certain right wing contingent in Hollywood really falls for it. I still say it has no chance of actually winning best picture or director. Other films are going to dominate the critics awards, and I do not see “Hacksaw Ridge” winning anything from the top critics though it may show up on the NBR top ten. There is also the biggest factor which is just the fact that Oscar voters are not going to give best picture and/or director to a racist, homophobic, anti-Semite unless there is basically no one else to give them to, and this year they have several other options including America’s most acclaimed living director.

    Let’s add, knocking women around shall we?
    But I’m not so sure that these things ‘reflected’ in Gibson’s character will necessarily kill the films’ chances.

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    pacinofan
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    I think his film is becoming more and more likely to be a nominee; I just don’t think it can go beyond that. He’s got too much baggage and he has only directed a handful of films, so it is not like his resume demands him being a multiple Oscar winner. The fact that he seems more annoyed at people bringing up his past transgressions rather than remorseful will not help either.

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    Eddy Q
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    Mel Gibson may slip into the best director category over say Kenneth Lonergan, since Gibson’s film is more of a technical achievement.

    Solidly crafted, well-acted intimate dramas with rave reviews tend to impress the directors’ branch more often than big action/war movies with only decent or mixed reviews. The “technical achievement” factor in Best Director should not be overstated.

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    Not sure when a 71 on Metacritic qualified as “getting amazing reviews”. I like the American Sniper analogy. I am not sure why Hollywood would embrace a Mel Gibson comeback, but these things happen sometimes. I could see it getting up to six nominations: picture, actor, screenplay, editing, sound mixing, sound editing.

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    pacinofan
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    Some critics must really hate it lowering its overall Metacritic score, but there are many very positive reviews from major news sources. Some of the reviews that cite the film as a great technical accomplishment still write about the corniness of the dialogue and situations so I think screenplay is unlikely even if it is a best picture and directing nominee.

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    Eddy Q
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    ^ And indeed those 6 nominations cited by demonhog would be exactly the same as American Sniper’s, except that Hacksaw Ridge will have to contend with this year’s jam-packed field in Original Screenplay, unlike AS which was part of a rather thin Adapted Screenplay lineup (only one nominee that year was truly worthy, and I expect it came last in the voting).

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    71 on MC is not really amazin..its just ok. I dont know, right now i have only 1 nomination (sound editing) for this.

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    pacinofan
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    I have been citing those mediocre Metacritic numbers quite a bit but then I started reading some actual reviews and many are very positive. I still think its numbers are too weak to really compete with the likes of “La La Land”, “Manchester by the Sea”, “Moonlight” and “Jackie” which will all soon have various critics awards.

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    GusCruz
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    Waiting for the Mel Gibson troll to show up with a hilarious comment

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    Alex Meyer
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    Not sure when a 71 on Metacritic qualified as “getting amazing reviews”. I like the American Sniper analogy. I am not sure why Hollywood would embrace a Mel Gibson comeback, but these things happen sometimes. I could see it getting up to six nominations: picture, actor, screenplay, editing, sound mixing, sound editing.

    Sound editing and sound mixing, yes. Film editing, maybe. Screenplay? No. Actor? Possibly, but I think if the Academy gives Andrew Garfield his first nomination, it will be for Silence, not Hacksaw Ridge. Scorsese knows how to direct Oscar worthy performances, and Gibson has never had any actor in any film he’s directed get nominated for an Oscar. Best Picture I think is a longshot. I think once again Silence will steal Hacksaw Ridge’s thunder there.

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    PJ Edwards
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    For the millionth time NO!!!

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    I think this is an interesting question Emil poses. Will the recent efforts of Academy President Cheryl Boone Issacs and the AMPAS Board of Governor to recruit hundreds of new voters and more recent efforts to prune some older voters who have not worked for decades pay off with a different ballot than we might have typically expected from the Oscars?

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