Thursday, May 12, 2016

Oscar Watch: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

Hello, Bloggers, welcome to another episode of my Oscar Watch where I discuss trailers for upcoming Oscar contenders. For this post, I will discuss the teaser for Ang Lee's upcoming war pic Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

Now before I watched the trailer, I was pretty interested in seeing it because it's Ang Lee and his portfolio is incredibly diverse. I think because he's directing and is a two-time Oscar winner, he can easily make it in Best Director if it is warmly received.

I also think that out of all the films she has coming out this year, this could be the one that lands Kristen Stewart the Oscar nom she is looking inevitable for. It looks like she her role as the main character's sister dealing with his return from the war could lead to some emotional 'clip' scenes because as a lot of us that follow the Oscars know, actors always look for nominees to have some kind of emotional crying or plate-smashing scene. Not always the case as Rachel McAdams will probably tell you. But usually they look for that one big scene.

The film also has a very eclectic cast that mixes veterans like Steve Martin with names like Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker. Also, the lead actor, Joe Alwyn, looks like he's doing a terrific job.

I'm not a big war movie person, but I think this looks very promising and if it is warmly received, this could be a strong contender to land Ang Lee the Best Picture Oscar he has yet to win because while he won Best Director twice, the films he won for didn't win the top prize.

What do you guys think? Do you think it looks like a legitimate contender and do you think it looks like a great film? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!