Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Oscar Watch: Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)

Hello, Bloggers, welcome to another episode of my Oscar Watch where I discuss trailers for upcoming Oscar contenders. For this episode, I will delve into a contender that is slightly under my radar, but is still one that I continuously attempt to keep a sharp eye on. That film is Our Brand Is Crisis starring Sandra Bullock.

Our Brand Is Crisis is based on a documentary about U.S. campaign strategists in Bolivia and depicts a consultant named Calamity Jane Brodie, played by Sandra Bullock, who is pulled out of retirement to secure the election of Pedro Gallo played Joaquin de Almeida while pitting against her nemesis Pat Candy, played by Billy Bob Thornton, who works for the opposing campaign.

Before I saw the trailer, I was very intrigued by this. One reason is Sandra Bullock who I am quite a fan of. I think she is a gifted comedienne and a solid actress to boot. But here, she looks like she is playing a role that plays to both her dramatic and comedic strengths. It was also nice seeing Ann Dowd from Compliance get some face time. The film also has Billy Bob Thornton and Scoot McNairy (12 Years A Slave, Gone Girl) so Bullock has a great cast surrounding her. Normally, I am not crazy about films dealing with politics, but I am actually excited about this. Also, the fact that it has the producing team of George Clooney and Grant Heslov behind it doesn't surprise me since they have had plenty of success with political films like Argo (also starring Scoot McNairy) and The Ides of March. I've only seen Argo, but this looks like this is done with such flare.

In terms of its awards prospects, I think Sandra Bullock could be a threat for a 3rd bid given the recent stage of her career as an Oscar club member with her win for The Blind Side and nod for Gravity. I would also bet on a Screenplay nod and maybe some recognition for her supporting cast or even Best Picture given the fact that Oscar royalty George Clooney is behind it. So it has got some pedigree behind it and looks like it could have commercial appeal.

Those are my thoughts on the trailer for Our Brand Is Crisis. Please feel free to write your own thoughts on the trailer and whether you think it looks like an awards contender or whether it just looks like a good movie. Thanks for reading!