Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Oscar Watch: Collateral Beauty (2016)

After Concussion came and went in theaters without much awards traction, Will Smith looks like he is looking to throw his hat back in the awards race with the upcoming ensemble drama Collateral Beauty where he plays a man who becomes depressed after his life takes a downward spiral while his peers try to help him get back on his feet. You can click on the link to the trailer here.

First off, I just want to say, wow, what a cast! You have Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Pena, Kate Winslet, Naomie Harris, and Helen Mirren. Most of them have plenty of awards pedigree and with both this and Moonlight, that could bolster Naomie Harris' chances at getting nominated for Best Supporting Actress, finally joining the Oscar club. Hopefully, Michael Pena has plenty of material to work with because he is somebody whose talent has constantly gone unrecognized.

Even if this film doesn't perform well on Oscar Nomination Day, I think this might do very well at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. It has quite a starry cast and each member has a previous history with the SAG Awards. Even Michael Pena has won two Best Ensemble awards for Crash and American Hustle. 

Now onto how it looks as a film in general. I do like everybody involved and it seems like a decent type of movie to release around Christmas time since it's about a group of people trying to lift somebody's spirits. I'll probably see it because of the cast even if it doesn't become a major awards player. Whether it is a player is still up in the air. But it does look like a very emotional showcase for some of its actors and I especially applaud Will Smith for aiming for more challenging material. It seems like a good time in his career to do so and I also love seeing people like Edward Norton and Keira Knightley, who have gone off the radar for quite some time, back in the acting game again.

What do you guys think? Do you think it looks like a legitimate awards contender and do you think it looks like a great film in general? Please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!