Every year, it seems like Oscar season comes earlier and earlier. Wasn’t it just last August that everyone was gushing about the Academy Award prospects for the musical romance, La La Land? Well, it is that time of the year again, it seems, as the Venice Film Festival saw the debut of what promises to be a contender come late February, Alexander Payne’s new Matt Damon-starer, Downsizing.
With that debut showing promise, studios have turned their attention to promoting the films that they believe have the best chance of netting some trophies for the production companies next year. For 20th Century Fox, one of the films they have decided to push is certainly an unconventional one, at least when considering the films that Oscar voters tend to lead towards.
According to Fox, a big push is being planned for War for the Planet of the Apes, their big budget sequel to the multi-million dollar franchise that released in July. In the past, Fox has pushed these movies with the hope of landing a Best Actor nomination for Andy Serkis, who plays the lead ape, Caesar, but they have been unsuccessful. Now, apparently, their goal is to push for the film to be nominated for Best Picture. These are lofty ambitions indeed!
Some other movies that believe they have a pretty decent shot at nabbing a nomination for Best Picture this winter include the new film from Alexander Payne, Downsizing, a marvelous directorial effort from James Franco, The Disaster Artist, and a collaboration between Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep that was created fairly quickly known as, The Post. It will certainly be an exciting Oscar season and the inclusion of a major summer blockbuster would only serve to add even more intrigue.