THE BIG SHORT WINS BIG
It wasn't a total shocker late Saturday night when The Producers Guild of America named Adam McKay's The Big Short the winner of its Film of the Year Award but it's also what was not expected. I think most interested observers felt that Spotlight would win and follow that with a Best Picture Oscar win next month.
The Big Short along with Mad Max:Fury Road and The Revenant were all thought to be possibilities but, again, if the big collective Oscar experts sites are to be believed, most thought Spotlight would win.
The PGA is regarded by many as the best bellwether for the Big Win having matched exactly the last eight years (half and half actually for its tie two years ago between Gravity and eventual Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave). The PGA's voting process is very much like the Oscar's preferential ballot and it's hard to argue with eight years of predictive accuracy.
On a related note, I was going to run a new FAC analysis this morning for 6-8 major Oscar categories in today's post but with Saturday night's news, I've decided to wait and run that in Thursday's regular post to see what effect the PGA win will have. SO, if you were looking for that today, my apologies.
You'd be wise to bet that The Big Short will now become the favorite to win Best Picture.
Here's early analysis from Sasha Stone/Awards Daily, Kristopher Tapley/InContention and Dave McNary/Variety:
Looking at these articles, you'll find that The Big Short will likely be at the top of the next charts from The Gurus of Gold and Gold Derby (as well as The FAC) but everyone seems at least alittle cautious because the season has been anything but predictable. Chack back Thursday...
Here's the last Gold Derby and Gurus of Gold charts that were post nomination announcements and prior to Saturday's PGA announcement:
Of course, I have to mention that if The Big Short does win on Oscar night that the Telluride consecutive string of Best Picture winners would end (each year since 2010).
Marguerite trailer via YouTube
One of the films that I wish I had gotten to in Telluride last September was Marguerite. It's a story loosely based on the experience of American "singer" Florence Foster Jenkins. My brother caught a screening that weekend and really enjoyed it. The Cohen Media Group has released a trailer with English subtitles for the film . The film does not have a set U.S. release date at this point but has opened in much of Europe and is set to open in England on Mar. 18. Here's The Playlist story that covers the release of the subtitled trailer:
THR FEATURES ROOM STAR
The Hollywood Reporter has posted an extensive profile of Best Actress Oscar favorite Brie Larson. Larson was in Telluride last Labor Day with Lenny Abrahamson's (also Oscar nominated for Best Director) Room.
Room was very well regarded at the end of TFF #42 as MTFB's People's Telluride ratings had the film at #1 with a 4.47 rating (out of a possible perfect score of five).
Laurie Sandell writing for THR:
That's a wrap for Monday...come back Thursday to see where the Oscar landscape is.
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