Tuesday, December 2, 2014






Angelina Jolie and ‘Unbroken’: Early Reactions Are In



“Unbroken,” the last of the Oscar films to be screened, is being rolled out today with royal glory at the opulent Metropolitan Club off Fifth Avenue, where a lunch fêting the film, the cast, and the director, Her Royal Highness Angelina Jolie, was being held.
Anticipation for the film, which tells of the grueling survival story of Olympian and World War II veteran Louis Zamperini, has been building since the Governors Awards last year, when Mr. Zamperini, who has since died, was given a standing ovation. And, with no clear front-runner in this year’s Oscar race, “Unbroken” has long been at or near the top of prognosticators’ lists of contenders.
But nothing is certain in the Oscars, especially not this year and especially not with this movie. At 137 minutes, the film is long and relentless in its depiction of the suffering that Mr. Zamperini, played by Jack O’Connell, endured: surviving a plane crash, a month in a lifeboat, then a sadistic corporal at a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.
What do some of the prognosticators now think? Scott Feinberg at The Hollywood Reporter says it has a reasonable shot. Deadline Hollywood issued a definitive who knows? Gold Derby’s chart shows the movie’s chances trending lower. And Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair declared:



Universal is giving the film a big push, and its executives believe a best picture nomination is in its grasp, with best director being a longer shot because there are just five slots and this year it’s a tight field. The film reaches theaters on Dec. 25, and the Oscar nominations are unveiled Jan. 15. Until then, it’s anybody’s guess.









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