Monday, September 19, 2016

Oscar Watch: Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Fashion designer Tom Ford made quite an arrival into the film world with 2009's A Single Man which helped land Colin Firth his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor.  Now, he has made his return to film after seven years of hibernation with Nocturnal Animals starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, and Isla Fisher.

First off, the movie does boast a terrific cast. I absolutely adore Amy Adams and I think Jake Gyllenhaal is one of my favorite actors. Also, the film looks very luscious and has images that are so captivating that you can hardly look away. Except I think the Academy might look away from this. It may look intriguing and mysterious, but I think there might be too much mystery for voters to try and wrap their heads around what the film is and what it's about. Even if it has an awards-friendly cast and has a hypnotizing look to it, it doesn't always translate to awards success. Just ask the people who made Carol. 

The film is being handled by Focus Features who already has both Loving and A Monster Calls on their plate. However, both Loving and Nocturnal Animals do feature Michael Shannon so at the very least, it could be a Supporting Actor play for Shannon. The Supporting Actor category is looking very vapid with the frontrunner being Liam Neeson for Silence and that film doesn't even have a release date yet. Plus, Shannon has been getting standout mentions on reviews for this film and he's been on the cusp of a 2nd nomination, having been in the conversation for Take Shelter and 99 Homes last year where he had to have been at least 7th in the Supporting Actor rankings, having been nominated at Critics Choice, the Globes, and the SAG Awards. Actors do love Michael Shannon as he's already been Oscar nominated for Revolutionary Road, has won a few SAG Ensemble Awards for Boardwalk Empire, and he's even a Tony nominee. So he's very beloved.

The film could even compete for tech categories like Costume Design, Cinematography, Score, and maybe even Makeup. I don't know if it'll conjure up enough passion for Best Picture. But it'll at the very least be a tech player.

But what do you guys think? Do you think it looks like a legitimate Oscar contender and do you think it looks like a great film in general? Please be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!