Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Oscar Watch: Denial (2016)

Hello, Bloggers. Welcome to another episode of my Oscar Watch where I discuss trailers for upcoming Oscar contenders. For this post, I will delve into a film that on paper, might play into the Academy’s strengths. That film is the Holocaust drama Denial starring Rachel Weisz and being distributed by Bleecker Street.

Full trailer below:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dI3AmDO9mSk

As Kate Winslet will probably tell you like she did in Extras, "You do a film about the Holocaust, you're guaranteed an Oscar." However, watching the trailer for this film has me thinking..probably not. To me, it looks like a middle-of-the-road "take your vitamins" movie and I don't think that it's going to have much audience support because of how straightforward it looks. Also, Rachel Weisz, as great of an actress as she is, isn't particularly a big draw. She is currently in the arthouse hit The Lobster, though. But as of now, I think her best Oscar bet is her supporting role in The Light Between Oceans alongside Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander.

Also, one thing I found a little distracting was Rachel Weisz's accent. She's playing a real-life woman from New York and listening to her accent reminded me of that skit on The Late Night Show With Seth Meyers called "Boston Accent" and there was a bit in the skit where Meyers was playing a British actor putting on a Boston accent. It reminded me a lot of that.

Lastly, if the critics also don't pull through, then I don't think this film will have the support that it needs to go all the way. To me, the film looks like middle-of-the-road awards fodder. But I'd love to know what you guys think. Do you think it looks Oscar worthy or looks like Oscar bait? Please be sure to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!