Oscar Watch: Peter Weir's 'The Way Back' crashes awards season
Long rumored, Peter Weir's extravagant epic "The Way Back" is getting a limited release in Los Angeles on December 29. NewMarket picked up the WWII era drama, but intended to give the film a limited release on Jan. 21. Now, "Back" will qualify for the Oscars, which could give it a boost as it expands across the country in February -- assuming it scores some nominations.
The picture tells the true story of a group of soldiers who escaped a Siberian prison in 1942 and their long journey to freedom in India. Weir, best known for "The Truman Show," "Witness" and "Dead Poet's Society," recruited a prestige friendly cast including Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan and Mark Strong. Debuting at the Telluride Film Festival, the picture has received mixed reviews so far with praise for it's cinematography more than it's screenplay. Considering Weir's has helmed three Best Picture nominees including "Witness," "Dead Poet's Society" and "Master and Commander," he should never be counted out. Especially in a 10 nominee field.
In other awards season news…
- Touchstone Pictures (aka Walt Disney Studios) finally released a trailer for Julie Taymor's "The Tempest" today. Focusing on the fantastical aspects of Shakespeare's play, the Helen Mirren and Russell Brand flick continues to impress from a visual sense. Reviews have been mixed so far. You can watch the trailer embedded below.
- Andrew Galecki's long delayed "All Good Things" has a poster which debuted on Vulture today. It's hard to imagine a movie debuting on demand before it hits theaters really being an awards contender, no? Well, at least the key art is sexy.
Look for a complete rundown on the Best Picture race tomorrow on Awards Campaign.
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
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