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OFFICIAL: Steven Spielberg is remaking "West Side Story"

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  • John
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    IMO, the 1961 film could have been better if the dance director, Jerome Robbins hadn’t run roughshod over the film director Robert Wise who eventually had to dismiss him to get the movie done because it was running over budget. As a consequence, it’s long on modern song and dance which is dazzling (and startling in 1961), but too short on the story to carry it, which is extremely important. I’ve watched the 1961 movie several times. After the novelty of the song and dance numbers wore off I was left wondering where the story was that was being interpreted by them. I’m hoping the Spielberg production rebalances them.

    In spite of what I consider its warts, the movie enjoys an iconic status. Spielberg is taking enormous risk with a do-over on a film with such a passionate following. Production wrapped last Autumn with presumably post-production being done now for release at the end of the year. It will be interesting to see if Spielberg succeeds with this one. He’s one of the few Midas-like directors with which all he touches turns to gold. Even his couple of lackluster movies turned profits until BFG.

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    AaronSportsWhy
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    I LOVED Tintin. It’s a real shame it didn’t get at least a nomination for Best Animated Feature.

    I think the mo-cap thing just threw people for a loop, but Tintin was a BLAST! Perfectly cast, tight, clever script. Really captured the spirit of the original comics.

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    Flop. Well, awards flop anyway. Looks like a carbon copy of the original, no different from your average Disney live action remake.

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    thatnerdgreg
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    Flop. Well, awards flop anyway. Looks like a carbon copy of the original, no different from your average Disney live action remake.

    It’s very easy to call it a carbon copy without giving any specification as to why it is. And of course they’re going to look similar, they’re based on the same exact source material. Anyway, the team has already specified that they’re not going to follow the film but the stage show.

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    loudtoilet
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    I don’t wish it ill. I like the cast and I like musicals. perhaps VF presentation isn’t the best.

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    Chimichanggas
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    I don’t know but I think this is a lock for production design and costume design nominations.

    𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙤𝙙, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙖𝙙, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪

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    I don’t even think they’ll manage to keep the December date with the coronavirus spreading throughout the USA and the world, and by that time the situation will get worse, I mean, they are already closing theatres.

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    vinny
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    Not gonna lie I am really hoping this gets Elgort, Moreno, and DeBose Oscar nods

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    If Valentina is in the exact same position as Doc was in both the 1961 film and stage musical, then it wouldn’t be much of a role for Rita Moreno to compete for awards consideration.

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    If Valentina is in the exact same position as Doc was in both the 1961 film and stage musical, then it wouldn’t be much of a role for Rita Moreno to compete for awards consideration.

    Definitely. I don’t see how they could change the role enough to make it awards friendly. I remember hearing someone saying that wanted her to sing A Boy Like That, but that wouldn’t make any sense for her character and it would take away a lot from the role of Anita. Right now I think DeBose is looking like the best bet. Historically, Anita is the most awards friendly character in West Side Story, winning both a Tony and an Oscar, along with another Tony nomination. DeBose looks like a great fit for the role, so I can definitely see her being in the conversation. Elgort and Zegler are possibilities, but I don’t see them going any farther than the Globes right now. Depending on their competition and the strength of their performance though, they could go farther. Alvarez could also be a possible contender. He’s a Tony winner doing an Oscar winning role, and much like Chakiris in the movie, he’s gonna have the opportunity to shine in arguably the most beloved number.

    I’m not entirely sure how this film will do awards wise, but if it’s well received and the year isn’t crowded, I can definitely see it making Best Picture, even if it doesn’t do well in overall nominations, similar to The Post.

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    I think given how big of a classic the 1961 version still is, expectations for this will be high and comparisons will be inevitable. I’m also not sure if Ariana DeBose and/or David Alvarez will end up going all the way towards nominations no matter how good they’ll end up being. We all saw what happened to Emily Blunt when she took on a role that won Julie Andrews an Oscar 54 years prior.

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    Also, if In the Heights gets better reception, it could pick up some acting noms over WSS. We’ll see. In the heights is very likely going to move and if it moves closer to WSS, comparisons will be even more pronounced.

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    Will they add any original music to qualify for the Best Song category ?

    My name is NOT Susan.

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    Also, if In the Heights gets better reception, it could pick up some acting noms over WSS. We’ll see. In the heights is very likely going to move and if it moves closer to WSS, comparisons will be even more pronounced.

    In the Heights’ chances are now definitely improved by its later release date, but the producers may actively want to avoid WSS and could move it even into the middle of next year.

    I fully anticipate that the same thing could happen for this summer’s big blockbusters, as they have to make money and could move all the way to Summer 2021.

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