Les Miserables

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Re: Les Miserables

Postby Greg » Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:04 pm

Here is the official international trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkHHHUk8RCw

I really hope I am not let down. Les Miserables is now the movie I have anticipated the most in my life so far.

I so miss Damien not being with us now. He gave The King's Speech 8/10 and championed it for Best Picture. It is a pity we will not be able to read what he has to say about Les Miserables.
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Re: Les Miserables

Postby Greg » Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:26 am

Les Misérables - Extended First Look

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwgQjfg0hZw
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Re: Les Miserables

Postby criddic3 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:53 am

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Big Magilla wrote: A nomiantion fr RSussell crowe would depend on the competition for Best Actor which looks strong right now. He could be placed in support, but Inspector Javert is a co-lead so I dont see that as likely.

Here's how it'll be done. Very soon, Oscar bloggers (Kris Tapley, Nate Rogers, the folks at Indie Wire), who can't seem wait for movies to open/be seen, will start making their Early Predictions. They will, as always, choose from the highest profile productions (of which an adaptation of a theatre phenomenon by a recent Oscar winner is obviously one). They'll assign Hugh Jackman the leading actor spot. Then they'll be looking to fill out the supporting slots. But, since true supporting contenders tend to be less obvious sight unseen (depending on, you know, actual achievement rather than pre-screening buzz), these bloggers will fill the slots with recognizable names playing anything less than their film's central role -- to wit, Russell Crowe. People will bandy hs and similar names about enough that everyone will take it for granted these people are prime contenders. The Broadcast Critics will include them on that key first list of nominees, and, all too likely, SAG will follow along (seeing how, with a mid-December deadline, they'll have barely had time to see half the movies available). All of which sets up a nomination before Academy voters have even opened up their screeners.


How much power do you think the white-noisers have, though? I mean, aren't these the same people that predicting Oldman/Nolan for The Dark Knight Rises?


It strikes me as interesting that the actors who have played this role (or any of the parts) have never been nominated. Charles Laughton could have been for the 1935 version, with the film having gotten a Best Picture nod, but he was up for Mutiny on the Bounty instead. Even the 1978 TV movie with Anthony Perkins got a directing Emmy nomination, but no acting citations. The 1998 version didn't get anything. Could the fact that this is a musical help the actors in this adaptation?
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Re: Les Miserables

Postby ksrymy » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:12 pm

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Re: Les Miserables

Postby Sonic Youth » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:47 pm

anonymous1980 wrote:I second dws1982's recommendation of the 5-hour 1934 adaptation of Les Miserables. Honestly, it didn't feel like 5 hours at all (Though I did watch it in 2 installments but the time flew by).

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Re: Les Miserables

Postby Big Magilla » Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:24 pm

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Big Magilla wrote: Keira Knighley in Anna Karenina


Maybe it's just me, but the idea of Keira Knightley playing Anna Karenina doesn't seem like such a thrilling prospect... Plus, while it's probably one of the, let's say, five best female characters in the history of Literature, there must be a reason why nobody was ever nominated for this role. And it's not like it was played only by minor actresses...

Geta Garbo, who won the NYFC award for the 1935 version should have been nominatd for an Oscar but for some reason (studio politics?) she wasn't. The 1948 verison with Vivien Leigh wasn't all that good. Whether Keira Knightley is good in the new version is probably beside the point considering she was nominated for her less than thrilling performance in the same director's Pride and Prejudice. It all depends on whether there are significantly strong enough performances to actually earn the nomination or whether it will depend on who campaigns the hardest.

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Re: Les Miserables

Postby Sabin » Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:21 am

Yeah, that one seems weird to me...

The only two things I'm confident in is that The Silver Linings Playbook looks like an Oscar movie. And The Master is likely going to end up being the same movie (the same ideas and rough narrative structure) as There Will Be Blood...and I can't wait! The trailer looks insane!
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Re: Les Miserables

Postby ITALIANO » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:47 am

Big Magilla wrote: Keira Knighley in Anna Karenina


Maybe it's just me, but the idea of Keira Knightley playing Anna Karenina doesn't seem like such a thrilling prospect... Plus, while it's probably one of the, let's say, five best female characters in the history of Literature, there must be a reason why nobody was ever nominated for this role. And it's not like it was played only by minor actresses...

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Re: Les Miserables

Postby Big Magilla » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:30 am

I swear I didn't remember this, but I have Crowe in the predicitons I put together for CinemaSight in April.

Go here: http://www.cinemasight.com/85th-oscar-p ... s-opening/

Gold Derby has many of the same picks we had, but in answer to your question, Carey Mulligan in [iThe Great Gatsby][/i]; Marion Cottilard in Rust and Bone; Helen Hunt in Six Sessions and Keira Knighley in Anna Karenina round out their top five.

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Re: Les Miserables

Postby Reza » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:11 am

Big Magilla wrote:The blogging has begun in earnest. The folks at Gold Derby are going wild for it.

Laura Linney leads their Best Actress line-up for Hyde Park on Hudson.


Who else is on their best actress list?

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Re: Les Miserables

Postby Big Magilla » Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:55 pm

The blogging has begun in earnest. The folks at Gold Derby are going wild for it.

They have the film coming in fourth behind Lincoln; The Master and The Great Gatsby; Hugh Jackman running fifth behind Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln; Bill Murray in Hyde Park on Hudson; Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master and John Hawkes in Six Sessions; Russell Crowe third for Supporting Actor behind Joaquin Phoenix in The Master and Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained; Anne Hathaway in first place for Supporting Actress and Hooper in fifth for Best Director behind Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master), Steven Sielberg (Lincoln); Ang Lee (House of Pi) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty). Laura Linney leads their Best Actress line-up for Hyde Park on Hudson.

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Re: Les Miserables

Postby OscarGuy » Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:26 am

Some, perhaps, don't set out to shape the race, but reflect what they see as the historical patterns of the categories? Who doesn't seem Crowe getting nominated as Supporting? The cases of category fraud are rampant in Oscar history. Sure, some groups may slot them in the appropriate category in an effort to influence Oscar voters, but frequently it doesn't help. For every Keisha Castle-Hughes, there is a Tatum O'Neal and a Hailee Steinfeld. Sure, these are children performers, but when was the last time a film received a double-nomination in the lead category? Unless I'm misremembering, it was 20 years ago (Thelma & Louise, where anything else would have been seen as a slight).

But let's be honest, it's not the bloggers who define category placement. It's a combination of studios and publicists and stars chomping at the bit for an Oscar. Since Crowe has one, he might be willing to accept a failed campaign in lead, but maybe not. Studios have one goal only: maximize nominations because that leads to bigger box office (yes, they are wrong, but we know...) and more acclaim.

Some of these people making early predictions may think of themselves as influencers, but they are no more or less influential than the doofus on the street predicting the end of the world. They are simply reflecting the trend. And, having made early predictions for more than a decade now, I can tell you that slotting big names in supporting categories is a way to fill the void until the known quantities emerge. It's not out of some vain attempt to say it will be a star-studded affair. Sometimes, there's just not much out that otherwise makes sense.

Early predictions are for fun and entertainment, they aren't meant to force the Academy to think a certain way. Some of those who do it may see it as such, but let's be honest, in their hearts, they know they have little to no influence on anything.
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Re: Les Miserables

Postby ITALIANO » Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:37 am

Big Magilla wrote:
ITALIANO wrote:And then of course Les Miserables may turn out to be the biggest flop since Cleopatra...


You mean a flop that will be nomianted for nine Oscars and win four?



Well, maybe... but one which doesn't get a Best Supporting Actor nomination anyway.

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Re: Les Miserables

Postby Big Magilla » Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:34 am

ITALIANO wrote:And then of course Les Miserables may turn out to be the biggest flop since Cleopatra...


You mean a flop that will be nominated for nine Oscars and win four?

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Re: Les Miserables

Postby Big Magilla » Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:33 am

Mister Tee wrote:By the way, I swear I hadn't checked this before, but IndieWire actually just did their Early Year Predictions, and Nathaniel at Film Experience had apparently already done a set, and...drum roll...both have old Russell Crowe down for supporting actor.


OK, I checked them out. Nathaniel at Film Experience did his pre-Cannes, Anne Thompson at Indiewire did hers post-cannes, and at least she separates those she's seen from those she hasn't. His already seem outdated, hers more realistic. At least she has Crowe as a long-shot. One question, though, when did they change the title of The Surrogate to Six Sessions and why? The original title sounded much better.


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