Now that the 86th Academy Awards are over and done with it is time to look ahead to 2015. Many of the films getting early buzz this year are adaptations of novels and a Broadway play, all with some intriguing casts and crews behind them. The most buzz comes from the director-actor collaboration of Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey in an intriguing sci-fi drama.
Last night, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper went home empty-handed, following nominations at the Academy Awards in 2013, which only Lawrence won for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.
The two will re-team on the big screen again in Selena for the third consecutive year and the first without David O. Russel behind the helm. Based on a 2009 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name by Ron Rash, Serena sees the dynamic duo portraying a couple in a rocky relationship during Depression Era North Carolina. Lawrence will play a wife who finds out she can not bear a child and the drama will explore the effect this turn of events has on her husband’s, played by Cooper, timber empire business.
Director Susanne Bier is no David O. Russel, but the Danish filmmaker was nominated at the 2006 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language film and later won in the same category in 2010 with In a Better World. Bier has yet to make a successful transition to Hollywood, but this film could be the one that catapults her into the American spotlight. The screenwriter of Serena, Christopher Kyle, is also a relatively unknown.
Another director who may see his first film nominated for Best Picture is veteran filmmaker Tim Burton. In Big Eyes , Burton will re-team with the writers from Ed Wood, his most critically acclaimed work twenty-years ago. The film is a biographical drama focusing on Walter Keane, portrayed by beloved Oscar winner Christopher Waltz, an artist famous for his painting of big eyed waifs. Keane is in a divorce battle with his wife Margaret, portrayed by five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams, who claims Walter stole her paintings. The duo of Waltz and Adams has many film aficionados salivating.
Another seasoned director Christopher Nolan has been getting plenty of early buzz for his next film, Interstellar, which chronicles a voyage across space through a wormhole based on theories by Kip Thorne. The sci-fi drama will be his first collaboration with star Matthew McConaughey, who showed off some incredible and transformative acting over his last four films, topped off by a deserved Best Actor win at this years Academy Awards. The actor is sure to continue that streak into 2015. The rest of the cast is rounded out by Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, John Lithgow, and Michael Caine. The below teaser trailer speaks for itself.
Adding some diversity to the early buzz is Into the Woods. Director Rob Marshall, most known for 2002 Oscar-winning musical film Chicago, returns after three proceeding not so good projects. The expectations for this musical fantasy, an adaptation of the eponymous Tony Award winning Broadway play, is high. It will star an all-star cast of Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Anna Kendrick, with songs by Stephen Sondheim.
Last night Joaquin Phoenix went home empty-handed, his second consecutive nomination for Best Actor after last year’s The Master, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The actor and director will re-team in Inherent Vice, a detective story and an adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name.
Anderson has a slew of great films under his belt, including Boogie Nights, Magnolia, the aforementioned The Master, and There Will Be Blood. However, only the latter got a nomination for Best Picture. Inherent Vice is a very dark novel and possibly too dark for the Academy, thus it may be ignored. However, Phoenix could possibly get awards attention again next year, much to his dismay considering his dislike for the Oscars.
The 2015 Academy Awards is shaping up to feature quite the lineup if all the early buzz reaches expectations. There is sci-fi, featuring the director-actor collaboration of Christopher Nolan and actor Matthew McConaughey, a musical, a detective yarn, a Tim Burton drama, and a period piece starring the dynamic duo of Lawrence and Cooper. There are many other Academy Awards attention films that are sure to rise up as the year progresses, including a quirky Wes Anderson comedy and a WWII film based on an inspiring true story by Angelina Jolie.
Editorial By Kollin Lore