Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Oscar Watch: Loving (2016)

Hello, Bloggers, for my 800th post, I will delve right into one of my favorite film subjects, the Oscars. As a part of my Oscar Watch, I will discuss a trailer that has just been released for one of the likely Oscar frontrunners: Loving by Jeff Nichols and starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. You can click on the link to the trailer right here.

I am positive that Focus Features will make this film their top priority to prevent #OscarsSoWhite from happening three years in a row. But this looks like a terrific film that'll help them do so. I think Joel Edgerton looks like he is doing a terrific job as he always does. But Ruth Negga looks like a real standout as well. This has certainly been a breakthrough year for her as she is also appearing on the AMC series Preacher and she came out with the blockbuster Warcraft. Judging by the trailer, I think she's looking very strong for the Best Actress race. I still think Viola Davis is the frontrunner to win Best Actress for Fences but Negga could easily give her a run for her money.

It also looks like another strong effort from director Jeff Nichols who gave us Take Shelter, Mud, and Midnight Special. All of those films feature Michael Shannon who appears in this as well. Nichols looks like he is taking a very topical film about racism and makes it seem rather accessible as there doesn't appear to be any patronizing scenes of police brutality or people hurling racial slurs. Although it certainly doesn't look very PG.

It looks like an incredible film, though, and I'm very curious to see how it lands with not just audiences but especially Academy voters. It opens in a limited release on November 4th and slowly goes wide after.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the trailer and whether you think it looks like a great film and/or a legitimate Oscar contender. Thanks for reading!