What now? The Oscars are over and nine months of predictions are now a memory. You can review my live blog post below, and Jimmy Boy’s comments as well. But that’s all I’m willing to say about it. I’m done talking about 2007.
As for 2008, I’ve only seen “Cloverfield,” “27 Dresses,” and “Vantage Point.” None of those are awards worthy, although “Cloverfield” may pick up a technical nomination or two. Don’t expect anything mesmerizing (like “Zodiac” of 2007) to come to a theater near you anytime soon.
On the national horizon, “The Other Boleyn Girl,” may look like an Oscar caliber film, but it’s not. It was delayed as long as “Goya’s Ghosts.” What?, you ask. Exactly. The same is true for “Penelope.”
“Chicago 10” and “City of Men,” the follow up to the Oscar nominated film “City of God” both open in limited release this month. So maybe . . . “Horton Hears a Who,” probably has some legs in the Best Animated race. It opens on March 14th.
Marty Scorsese’s documentary on the Rolling Stones titled “Shine a Light” opens April 4th and could be a player in the Best Documentary Feature race. Wong Kar-Wai’s American road film “My Blueberry Nights,” which opened to mix reviews at Cannes also opens that day.
A darkhorse, possible for screenplay, is Rian Johnson’s (“Brick”) new film called “The Brothers Bloom” starring Mark Ruffalo and Oscar winners Adrian Brody and Rachel Weisz. It’s in theaters on April 11th.
May 2nd brings “Iron Man,” Jon Favreau’s adaptation of the Marvel comic starring Robert Downey, Jr. The Wachowski Brothers return on May 9th with “Speed Racer.” They’ve been known to clean up the technical side of the Oscar race.
“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” is in theaters on May 16th. It’s likely to be another technical darling of the Academy along with “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” which opens on May 23rd.
The summer brings a wrath of big budget (a.k.a Best Sound Editing) films: “The Incredible Hulk,” “Wall-E” (the early favorite for Best Animated Feature), “Hancock,” and “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (from Guillermo del Toro) get you through June and the early part of July.
On July 18th, you can officially ring in the Oscar season. That’s when Chris Nolan latest Batman film “The Dark Knight” opens. Heath Ledger for Best Supporting Actor? You betcha.
“Mamma Mia,” is destined for an invite to the Golden Globes. “Pineapple Express” could be this year’s “Knocked Up”/”Superbad”. It opens August 8th along with “Blindness” from Fernando Meirelles (“The Constant Gardner”, “City of God”) starring Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo and Gael Garcia Bernal.
And that’s as far as we go. Not a real Oscar contender in the bunch, but several films that may make your Top Ten.
As for the awards caliber features? Expect them to ride in on a tidal wave this fall. Here are the films I’m tracking in 2008:
“Australia” starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman (Baz Luhrmann, director)
“Revolutionary Road” starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio (Sam Mendes, dir.)
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” starring Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt (David Fincher, dir.)
“Doubt” starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams (John Patrick Shanley, dir.)
“Frost/Nixon” starring Frank Langella and Michael Sheen (Ron Howard, dir.)
“The Soloist” starring Robert Downey, Jr., Jamie Foxx and Catherine Keener (Joe Wright, dir.)
“Milk” starring Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, James Franco and Josh Brolin (Gus Van Sant, dir.)
“The Argentine” starring Benicio del Toro and Catalina Sandina Moreno (Steven Soderberg, dir.)
“The Changeling” starring Angelina Jolie, Amy Ryan and John Malcovich (Clint Eastwood, dir.)
“Nothing But the Truth” starring Matt Dillon, Kate Beckinsale, Vera Farmiga and Alan Alda (Rod Lurie, dir.)
“Body of Lies” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crow (Ridley Scott, dir.)
“Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” starring Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson (David Yates, dir.)
“Defiance” starring Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell (Edward Zwick, dir.)
“The Reader” starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Feinnes (Stephen Daldry, dir.)