Once the presents are open and the excitement has died down, head to the theater on Christmas to catch some of the possible Oscar contenders.
Amy Adams is once again being called possible Oscar gold for her turn in this new adventure directed by Tim Burton. With a cast that includes Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston and Krysten Ritter, the film just may be an underdog for an Oscar or two. Big Eyes is a drama based on the real life divorce trial of artist Margaret Keane and her husband, who tried to claim credit for her work. With no sign of Johnny Depp in the cast, this seems to be somewhat of a departure from his recent efforts for the stylistic director.
Into the Woods
A conglomeration of your favorite fairy tales, Steven Sondheim’s popular musical play has found a place on the big screen. These highly anticipated all-star spectaculars tend to either be really great or really bad, but after the success of Les Miserables, it seems that the world is once again ready for singing and dancing. Already nominated for Golden Globes, Into the Woods has previous Oscar names like Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick and pretty much everyone else in Hollywood (including Johnny Depp) has some screen time as well.
Mr. Turner actually comes out before Christmas Day, but in case you don’t get to it before the big day, it looks to be worth checking out, if you’re into artist biopics especially. Directed and written by Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner stars Timothy Spall as eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner. I’m used to seeing Timothy Spall in lighter roles and as a supporting actor in major films, and I’m looking forward to seeing him in a bigger, more dramatic part. The film has already garnered a lot of praise and nominations and wins so it’s easy to see why it has already landed on the Oscar buzz sheet.
Boyhood came out earlier this year, amidst much ballyhoo for writer and director Richard Linklater who follows a young man as he grows up, between the ages of 5 to 18. If you missed it in theaters the first time around but have continued to read about it, then Christmas is the time to check it out as it is pretty much guaranteed to get Oscar nominations after already getting plenty of praise—and 99% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Imitation Game
Another biopic, this time starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a British mathematician and World War II code cracker. Keira Knightley is also a major part of the cast, which has gotten nothing but praise and Golden Globe nominations.
Check these films out at the local Laemmle and ArcLight as a way to relax after all the holiday shopping and cooking.