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    George Ehret
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    Hello! I’m not sure if someone made this topic already, but I can’t seem to find it. So I wanted a place where we could talk about The Humans.

    The IMDb plot description goes: Set inside a pre-war duplex in downtown Manhattan, The Humans follows the course of an evening in which the Blake family gathers to celebrate Thanksgiving. As darkness falls outside the crumbling building, mysterious things start to go bump in the night and family tensions reach a boiling point.

    It’s based on a play by Stephen Karam, who is adapting his own source material and directing the film. The play won four Tonys including Best Play. It also won Featured Actor (basically Supporting Actor for those who don’t know theatre and the Tonys) for Reed Birney, whose part will be played by Richard Jenkins in the film, and Featured Actress for Jayne Houdyshell, who is reprising her role. The cast also includes Steven Yeun, Beanie Feldstein, Amy Schumer, and June Squibb.

    I wanna know what everyone’s thoughts on this are. I’m looking forward to it, Richard Jenkins is one of the most underrated actors we have, Steven Yeun is one of my favorites (admittedly my man-crush as well), and I like the other actors in it (except Amy Schumer, but I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt in this film).

    FYC
    Best Picture: The Worst Person in the World
    Best Director: Jane Campion
    Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch
    Best Actress: Renate Reinsve
    Best Supporting Actor: Benedict Wong
    Best Supporting Actress: Kirsten Dunst
    Best Adapted Screenplay: The Power of the Dog
    Best Original Screenplay: The Worst Person in the World

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    I’m betting on this being A24’s biggest push and not Macbeth. This kind of reminds me of Amazon with One Night In Miami vs Sound of Metal where Miami was initally their big push but Metal slowly picked up steam and got the BP nom over it. This is top 10 picture for me and seems like a lock for a screenplay nomination. Jenkins’s role here is bigger and baiter than his role in Nightmare Alley so I would bet that he gets the nom for this. Knowing how strong Jayne Houdyshell is in the stage version, she will be in the winning conversation here. Yes, I think she can beat Ann Dowd in Mass because this film looks to be a stronger contender across the board. Look out for this folks.

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    Let’s hope they changed they ending of play. It’s open ended for interpretation which left you confused. If anyone has Oscar worthy role is Richard Jenkins in play. Jayne character is fine but not wow. June Squibb character of grandma is basically background. She has no lines besides sounds. Character is long gone, just barely alive.

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    Too bad Reed Birney couldn’t reprise his Tony-winning role in the film adaptation like Jayne Houdyshell did.

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    Definitely a film to watch out for, though largely in the screenplay and acting categories. Will be interesting to see if Karam can pull off a Florian Zeller with his directorial debut and make it stand out as the play adaptation of awards season.

    Having read the script, if it delivers it seems like Jenkins is a surefire contender (helps that he’ll also have a substantial role in Nightmare Alley). And possibly Houdyshell.

    Still celebrating Supporting Actress - Youn Yuh-jung (Minari)

    FYC Emmys: The Underground Railroad

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    The movie is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
    https://twitter.com/TIFF_NET/status/1420385954163040264

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    No Telluride, but i think this movie could have great potential for being the Audience winner

     

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    Review from ScreenDaily

    “An unsettling, tightly-acted comedy/drama from Stephen Karam, adapting his own stage play.”

    “Set over the course of a day, The Humans doesn’t offer huge stakes or even seemingly a strong dramatic conflict. And yet Karam subtly builds tension, highlighting all the fault lines between the characters. Erik appears to like Richard, but he’s not happy they’ve moved to what he considers a bad neighbourhood, while Aimee resents her mother’s attempts to bond by mentioning other people she knows who are gay. The film is abuzz with micro-aggressions, but the dialogue isn’t filled with rat-a-tat banter or expert punchlines. Instead, Karam makes this a realistic family gathering in which old hurts, in-jokes and meaningless small talk weave in and out of the conversation.”

    FYC
    Best Picture: The Worst Person in the World
    Best Director: Jane Campion
    Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch
    Best Actress: Renate Reinsve
    Best Supporting Actor: Benedict Wong
    Best Supporting Actress: Kirsten Dunst
    Best Adapted Screenplay: The Power of the Dog
    Best Original Screenplay: The Worst Person in the World

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    I don’t get it, if the film is actually really good, why have A24 only taken it to Toronto? It screamed lack of confidence from them.

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    Getting great reviews from THR and Variety. B+ from indiewire. Apparently, the cast is as strong as you would expect.

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    People are really loving this film. I’m seeing overwhelming positive reactions on Twitter. I’m not sure where the idea that the film is getting mixed reactions is coming from. I’m waiting to see the Metacritic score since these reviews allude to at least a 80+ score.

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    People are really loving this film. I’m seeing overwhelming positive reactions on Twitter. I’m not sure where the idea that the film is getting mixed reactions is coming from. I’m waiting to see the Metacritic score since these reviews allude to at least a 80+ score.

    Probably the 3.4 on Letterboxd, but even then the vast majority of ratings for it are positive. A few of my friends who saw the film loved it. Granted, not many logs thus far. But the same thing happened with PotD and look how that turned out. Willing to bet more highly positive reviews roll in later.

    FYC
    Best Picture: The Worst Person in the World
    Best Director: Jane Campion
    Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch
    Best Actress: Renate Reinsve
    Best Supporting Actor: Benedict Wong
    Best Supporting Actress: Kirsten Dunst
    Best Adapted Screenplay: The Power of the Dog
    Best Original Screenplay: The Worst Person in the World

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    This sounds like it could be a win-competitor, or at least something as powerful as Minari!

    FYC:
    Picture: The Power of the Dog, Passing, The Lost Daughter
    Director: Jane Campion, Rebecca Hall
    Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch
    Actress: Tessa Thompson, Olivia Colman
    Supporting Actress: Kirsten Dunst, Ruth Negga, Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley
    Supporting Actor: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jesse Plemons

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    We now have ourselves a trailer for the film.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp3Whb77eXc

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    We now have ourselves a trailer for the film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp3Whb77eXc

    What a beautiful trailer. It looks extremely Oscar friendly.

     

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