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  • Kevin Klawitter
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    This could well be the Orson Welles fanatic in me skewing my desires a bit, but I really think people are sleeping on The Other Side of the Wind as a potential Oscar contender. Here are the points in its favor:

    * World premiere at Venice, U.S. premiere at Telluride
    * Talk about overdue! This could be seen as the final chance to honor not just Orson Welles, but also John Huston.
    * Major Hollywood players in its favor… an early screening got strong responses from the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson, Rian Johnson, and Quentin Tarantino. Not to mention Hollywood legends Frank Marshall and Peter Bogdanovich have been involved since the beginning.
    * The completion had heavy hitters involve as well – Bob Murawski of The Hurt Locker fame was the editor and the Oscar winning Scott Millan handled the sound. In addition to that, legendary composer Michel Legrand (The Thomas Crown Affair, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Yentl, and Welles’ own F for Fake) came out of retirement to compose an original score for the movie.
    * Netflix has a ton of money to spend on a campaign and just bought out the best campaigners in the business. Imagine them rallying those previously mentioned all-stars, plus getting Anjelica Huston and Danny Huston to campaign on their Dad’s behalf. In addition, they’ll premiere and release a companion documentary about the film’s history They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, directed by the great Morgan Neville, simultaneously.

    Obviously, there are some potential downsides, too:
    * It’s been in development limbo for 40-odd years. How much would AMPAS, who never really appreciated Welles when he was alive, care?
    * It’s still a Netflix movie.
    * There could be some debate about whether or not it counts as a “real” Orson Welles movie, given the nature of its completion. Oja Kodar and Beatrice Welles have already made some lukewarm statements about it, though neither have seen the final movie yet.
    * It could just not be that great, or at least not great enough in what looks like a potentially strong year

    Still, I see it as a potential contender in

    Best Picture
    Best Director – Orson Welles
    Best Actor – John Huston
    Best Original Screenplay – Orson Welles and Oja Kodar
    Best Film Editing
    Best Sound Mixing
    Best Original Score – Michel Legrand

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    I already started a thread for this dude. It just hadn’t been replied to in 3 months. If you have something to say about that film then please post it under that already-existing thread for this Welles film.

    https://www.goldderby.com/forum/movies/the-other-side-of-the-wind-the-next-best-picture-oscar-winner/

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