The Oscar Project
The Lion King will undoubtedly dominate the box office this weekend, but will it dominate the Oscars this year?
Chances are there are a few hidden gems that will be vying for Oscars that hit theaters this weekend.
The Lion King
It's been 26 years since the release of the original animated masterpiece was released in theaters and it's been just under two months since the last live action Disney adaptation (Aladdin) arrived. So which will have a bigger impact on the success of this live action film?
The story of The Lion King is well known. Shakespeare wrote it 420 years ago, except he called it Hamlet at the time and it was set in Denmark rather than the Serengeti. Some have questioned the need for all these live action remakes, and there is certainly an element of milking the cash cow that Disney has. That being said, I think this will be one of the better versions to come out of the studio in the last 3-4 years.
Last but not least, there are the nominations. Sadly, much of the music is not original, having appeared in the original animated film. The soundtrack won the film two Oscars in 1994, for Best Original Score and Best Original Song ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight"). There is still a chance of some Oscar nominations for this new version though. 2016's The Jungle Book won the award for Best Visual Effects a few years back and both Maleficent and Cinderella were nominated for Best Costume Design.
I think it's safe to bet on The Lion King receiving a nomination for Best Visual Effects this year along with potentially Best Production Design and maybe even Best Film Editing.
aThe Art of Self-Defense
You may recognize this title from the limited releases in last week's Nominee Watch. This week, it is expanding to a wide release, so we get to revisit it and provide a little more detail about the film.
In the film, Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland) plays Casey Davis, a man seemingly afraid of everything who is attacked by a motorcycle gang and decides to enroll in a karate class in order to learn to defend himself. There he meets Anna, played by Imogen Poots (Green Room, 28 Weeks Later), and the Sensei played by Alessandro Nivola (Face/Off, Jurassic Park III) who quickly begin moving Casey in a direction that he never expected. He is pushed to change his music listening from adult contemporary to heavy metal and taking a harder stance with his pet dachshund but not petting him as much. Things go from silly to dark as the film progresses.
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?