The Oscar Project
After a disappointing opening weekend for Solo, the beginning of June does not offer much in the way of big releases. This weekend we have some action, some slapstick comedy and a relationship drama set on the high seas.
I have fond memories of the original Jackass: The Movie (16 years ago!) but unfortunately this brand of humor has gotten a bit stale. Some of the same crazy friends appear in this film as well, but I'm not sure I can sit through an hour and a half of this anymore.
As far as Oscar nominations, the only one that is a remote possibility is a nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Bad Grandpa was nominated for the same category, but also focused much more screen time on Knoxville in the old man makeup.
The trailers had me on the edge of my seat each time I saw them and I have no doubt this film will be the best of the big openings this weekend. The Academy often loves strong acting performances from stars who are able to carry a film set in isolation (see Tom Hanks in Cast Away and Matt Damon in The Martian) so I don't think it's out of the question for Woodley to be nominated for Best Actress here if her acting is strong enough.
Though this is being billed as a romance film (in some areas) it also smells of a disaster movie, which brings a few other Oscar categories up as options. Film Editing, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing are all strong candidates here. Lastly, one surprise category might be Best Director for Baltasar Kormákur who has a long list of award nominations and wins (including one Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film) in his career.
The voice of the chip is eerily reminiscent of Hal 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the ability to take of the protagonist's entire body shows potential to have the same result that Hal did. The one thing the titular "upgrade" likely won't provide is any Oscar nominations. This one is intended for action entertainment only.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?