Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"25 Possible Best Picture Nominees 2017" - Updated

"25 Possible Best Picture Nominees 2017" 

 “Marshall” – Actor Chadwick Bozeman who played Jackie Robinson and James Brown takes on another iconic African American in Thurgood Marshall and his earlier life before becoming the first African American on the Supreme Court.  As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick A. Bozeman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case.

“The Greatest Showman” - An upcoming American biographical musical drama film directed by Michael Gracey and written by Michael Arndt, Jenny Bicks, and Bill Condon. The film stars Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams with Jackman in the lead in the story of American showman P.T. Barnum, the founder of the circus which became the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

“Dunkirk” - Director Christopher Nolan of the Batman trilogies, tell the true story of May 1940, when Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated. Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Thomas Ryland star in this epic.  

“Phantom Thread” (or Title Could Change) – Director Paul Anderson who gave us “Boogie Night and “There Will Be Blood” offers up an American drama film set in London's fashion world in the 1950s. The film stars 3 time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis and Lesley Manvi. The music will be composed by longtime Anderson collaborator and Radiohead member Jonny Greenwood.

“Suburbicon” – George Clooney gets behind the camera as Director of a story written by Joel and Ethan Coen of Fargo fame. The film stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin and Oscar Isaac and it’s a dark comedic turn when there is a deadly home invasion in the quiet town of Suburbicon, a seemingly perfect family turns to blackmail, revenge and betrayal. 

“Downsizing” - Director Alexander Payne of Oscar nominated films “The Descendants” and “Nebraska” tells the story of a man and his wife join a community of miniaturized people after undergoing a process to shrink themselves. The film stars film stars Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jason Sudeikis. Buzz has this film listed as an early front runner.

“Blade Runner 2049” - Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) and starring Harrison Ford, Jared Leto and Ryan Gosling “BR2049” tells the story of LAPD Officer K – a Blade Runner  (Ryan Gosling), who discovers a dark secret that might bring an end to humanity. K's discovery leads him to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who disappeared thirty years ago.

“Battle of the Sexes” – Director Danny Boyle  (Trainspotting and 28 Days Later) tells the story of The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) which became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past.

‘'The Post” (or it could change) - Director Steven Spielberg offers up a true story about the Washington Post and Pentagon Paper and the newspapers publication of highly classified Defense Department documents about the Vietnam War known as the Pentagon Papers and the ensuing legal battle with the federal government over the newspaper’s right to publish them. The film is expected to star Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, then the Post‘s executive editor, and Meryl Streep as publisher Katharine Graham.

“Darkest Hour” - An upcoming British war drama film directed by Joe Wright. The film stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill who faces a crucial moment against Adolf Hitler's army in the beginning of the Second World War.

“The Shape of Water” – Directed by Guillermo del Toro the film tells the story of in 1963, in a hidden, high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa a mute who is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment where an amphibious man is being held captive. Sally Hawkins is Elisa, Michael Shannon and Octavia Spencer who is Zelda.

“Mudbound” - Directed by Dee Rees, with a script written by Virgil Williams based on the novel Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. Stars Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell and Mary J. Blige about a family who relocates to rural Mississippi when they find themselves trying to cope with numerous issues, including racism and a relative's return from World War II.

“Detroit” – Oscar Winning Director Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) tells the true story of an incident during Detroit's 1967 12th Street Riot. Starring John Boyega (Star Wars), Will Poulter, Algee Smith, John Krasinski and Anthony Mackie, the plot revolves around when police raid The Algiers Motel in Detroit in 1967 during one of the largest citizen uprisings in United States history.

“The Current War” - The film is about the competition between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to create a sustainable system and market it to the US public. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch (The imitation Game), Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max F.R.), and Tom Holland.

“Molly's Game” – Proliferate Screen Writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) starring a great cast including Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Chris O'Dowd, Bill Camp, Graham Greene and Jeremy Strong. It’s the true story of Molly Bloom, a young skier and former Olympic hopeful who becomes a successful entrepreneur and a target of an FBI investigation when she establishes a high-stakes, international poker game.

“The Glass Castle” - is an upcoming American drama film starring Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson and Sarah Snook about a young girl who comes of age when her dysfunctional nonconformist nomadic alcoholic siblings and family move to New York to be near here.

"The Snowman" - Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. Also starring Toby Jones, J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Jakob Oftebro and Chloë Sevigny (HBO’s Big Love).

“Mother” - An upcoming American psychological horror thriller film, written and directed by Darren Aronofsky starring  Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Ed Harris and Kristen Wiig with the plot being about a couple's relationship being tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

“Thank You for Your Service" - Three American soldiers return from Iraq and struggle to reintegrate with their families and adjust to civilian life while also struggling to forget their memories of war. Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Adam Schumann stars along with Amy Schumer and Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider).

“The Death of Stalin" - An upcoming film directed by Armando Iannucci and chronicles the events that transpired after the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953.  Adrian McLoughlin as Joseph Stalin, Jeffrey Tambor as Georgy Malenkov and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi as Nikita Khrushchev.

"Murder on the Orient Express" - A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. Everyone's a suspect as Detective Hercule Poirot sifts through 13 strangers to find the killer before another person ends up dead. Directed and starring Kenneth Branagh, along with Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer. 

“The Book of Henry” - upcoming American drama film starring Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay (Room) and Sarah Silverman.  In a small suburban town, a precocious 11-year-old boy, Henry Carpenter and his younger brother, Peter (Jacob Tremblay), are being raised by their single mother, Susan (Naomi Watts), a waitress. Henry has a crush on their neighbor Christina (Maddie Ziegler), stepdaughter of the Police Commissioner (Dean Norris). To protect Christina from harm at the hands of her stepfather, Henry comes up with a plan to rescue her that he writes down in a book.

 “Wonderstruck” - Set in 1927 and 1977, Rose (Millicent Simmonds) escapes her home in New Jersey to catch a glimpse of her idol Lillian Mayhew (Julianne Moore) while Ben (Oakes Fegley), who lives with his family in Minnesota, runs to New York after his mother dies and he finds a mysterious note.

“The Personal History of Rachel Dupree” – 2017 Oscar Winners Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali are husband and wife set during the early 1900s in South Dakota, Rachel (Davis) and Isaac Dupree (Ali), an African American couple, raise their family on an isolated ranch in the Badlands.

“Mercy” - Lucy, the daughter of a man who is on death row, falls in love with Mercy, a woman on the opposing side of her family’s political cause. As a result, Lucy’s value for truth is tested as her world begins to unravel. Kate Mara & Ellen Page.

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