The Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' gets a release date in the thick of awards season
The Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" was picked up by CBS Films some time back and the course was set for a Cannes debut, which it will receive later this month. Oscar Isaac is on the rise and has the leading role, supported by the likes of Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and Garrett Hedlund, among others. Bruno Delbonnel has filled in for the Coens' usual cinematographer, Roger Deakins (who has been nominated five times for Coen endeavors), and the trailer promises lush production value.
So…how will the film figure into the awards scheme later this year? We'll know in due time, but for the distributor's part, eyes are clearly on the circuit as it has just been announced the film will receive a December 6 limited release with plans to expand wider on December 20. That puts it right in the thick of it, though it's also a frame that didn't pan out so well for Paramount's period music drama "Not Fade Away" last year, financially speaking.
Seven Coen films have been recognized by the Academy to date. A brief history lesson...
"Barton Fink" (1991) -- The first Coen film to land an Oscar nomination. It picked up three, for Best Supporting Actor (Michael Lerner), Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.
"Fargo" (1996) -- The first Coen film to win an Oscar and be nominated for Best Picture, in addition to which it picked up another six nominations, for Best Director, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing. McDormand won, as did the Coens for writing.
"O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000) -- Two nominations, for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
"The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001) -- One nomination, for Best Cinematography.
"No Country for Old Men" (2005) -- The first Coen film to win Best Picture. It dominated the Oscars, also winning Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem) and Best Adapted Screenplay, while also picking up nominations (eight total) for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
"A Serious Man" (2009) -- Two nominations, for Best Picture (the first year 10 were nominated) and Best Original Screenplay.
"True Grit" (2010) -- A record nominations haul for the Coens with 10: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Jeff Bridges), Best Supporting Actress (Hailee Steinfeld), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. But it would go home empty-handed.
Which is your favorite? And how do you think "Inside Llewyn Davis" will fit, if at all, amid those efforts at the end of the day? Have your say in the comments section below.
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.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
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 | 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
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
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