Joey Magidson from Awards Circuit discusses the pros and cons for potential awards for “War Machine” in his article “2016 Awards Profile”: “War Machine” from David Michôd“. Here’s an extract of what Joey has to say, but you should head on over to read the full article:
“Why it could succeed:
Brad Pitt‘s production company Plan B has had more or less impeccable taste of late, helping get some big time awards players off of the ground. Their recent output has included The Big Short,Selma, and 12 Years a Slave, not to mention The Departed andThe Tree of Life in previous years. Pitt and Plan B know a good project when they see one, so attaching himself to this one is an initial sign of quality. … Besides Pitt’s current pedigree, there’s also the fact that David Michôd is quite the emerging filmmaker, having blown many away with his directorial debut Animal Kingdom. He also directed the divisive yet compelling film The Rover, as well as having penned the quirky movie Hesher. This pairing would be a great starting point for any flick, but when you consider that it’s a satirical look at the leaders of America’s military campaign in Afghanistan, that just ups the game. Oscar has been more open minded about comedies of late, as noted by the success of The Big Short and Birdman, so something sharp edged and powerful but still humorous like this could really do some damage if the quality is there. With Pitt leading a cast that also includes the very talented likes of Emory Cohen, RJ Cyler, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, John Magaro, Scoot McNairy, Will Poulter, and Keith Stanfield, there’s huge potential for awards related success here with War Machine.
Why it might not:
The elephant in the room here is obviously the fact that Netflix is putting this one out. Despite strong critical acclaim and solid precursor attention for their inaugural feature run last year with Beasts of No Nation, they were shut out by the Academy. Now, past performances aren’t necessarily indicative of future failures, but there did seem to be a slight bias against the streaming service in 2015. … War Machine might suffer and we could very well see another shut out come to pass.
If everything during the season breaks the right way for Michôd and Pitt, then War Machine stands a chance to be one of the biggest contenders for Oscar attention this year. Obviously, we’ll see a major campaign for Best Picture launched, as well as one for Best Actor in the hopes of getting Pitt his first acting win, but look out for Michôd as a force potentially in Best Director as well. … I can see the argument for betting against this one, but at this early juncture, I think War Machine has to be looked at a potential awards season juggernaut. Once it nails down a firm release date, we’ll know better, but just on spec, I don’t think you can dismiss this one at all. It’s a legitimate contender.”
Fingers crossed for David at least getting a look in for “Best Director”. I know when we spoke last year he knew how divisive “The Rover” was – I still think David and the film deserved some recognition.
You know the drill, click on the link above to read the full article.