Sunday, April 06, 2008

Predicting Entertainment Weekly Perception of Oscar Buzz for '09

The picture to the right is off the cover of Entertainment Weekly's most recent issue.

You can see in that second cover teaser in the picture is the headline: "Oscar '09: The Buzz Has Begun. Already."

You can imagine, that I'd be interesting in reading this article. I don't even know if it's long or short, a bulleted list, or a multiple page spread.

But for me, half the fun of the Oscars...okay maybe 90% of the fun of the Oscars is the realm of predictions.

Now, I'm certainly not ready to begin making Academy Award predictions, but I am interested in predicting what "buzz" Entertainment Weekly decided to talk about.

So without opening up the magazine, and assuming that Entertainment Weekly is far more interested in identifying big names, big movies, as opposed to trying to identify potential "Juno-like" success stories...

I present my top 10 predictions of what "buzz" EW is talking about:
(Stay tuned for a follow up post)

10. Jamie Foxx & The Soloist. Director Joe Wright has his own little streak going with Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, and Jamie Fox has seen a lot of Oscar-love this decade. A baity bio-pic surely has a chance to make the EW article.

9. Wall-E. While it probably won't be overly discussed, we've seen Pixar films enter into various categories of Oscardom, and I don't see why you wouldn't suspect that same for Wall-E.

8. Frost/Nixon & Frank Langella. They'll probably mention how Frank Langella was denied a shot this past year for Starting Out in The Evening and then tought the stage play and how wonderful Langella should be as Richard Nixon.

7. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I'm thinking David Fincher fan love, mixed with Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt Oscar love will warrant some mentions. Especially for it's unique story line and F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation.

6. Heath Ledger for supporting actor in the Dark Knight. Who knows if this nomination will play out, but I've seen the buzz already, and between the recent death and the make-up job of the joker from Christopher Nolan's film...it certainly creates some pop-culture-Oscar-buzz-collisions.

5. Kate Winslet. Her name is always buzz-worthy, and will surely be mentioned with the film mentioned in #1 (below) but could easily be mentioned with the film The Reader (directed by Stephen Daldry) as well.

4. Australia. Whether or not Baz Luhrmann's historical film will stay in the game comes award time is not what this list is about. I can't see the staff of Entertainment Weekly not making sure they got a chance to put a picture of Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman in their coverage.

3. Angelina Jolie & Changeling. Just when I thought that movies about missing children, swaped children, and abducted children where cliche, Clint Eastwood makes a movie of this nature as well. If they talk about Brad (#7) they'll have a really hard time not mentioning her.

2. Amy Adams & Meryl Streep & Phillip Seymore Hoffman. New Hollywood fan favorite and Oscar Royalty and the screen powerhouse. I can't imagine EW not mentioning their roles in Doubt..

1. Revolutionary Road, Winslet, DiCaprio & Mendes. I say the most early buzz will go to Revolutionary Road...the reuniting of Kate Winslet and Leonard DiCaprio in a time where they have even more love than they've ever had, and directed by Winslet's husband Sam Mendes. That's got headline buzz all over it!

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