Oscar Precictions 2014

29/08/2013 | By

The Guardian has this little Oscar buzz article about Her….. Some interesting remarks there….. carrot and Joaquin? Err we don’t think so!!!

Anyway with the BFI London Film Festival announcements next week, we are on the edge of our seats here at JPC Towers! With 2 films in contention, surely London will be lucky this year?

EDIT Sept 9th – No joy at the BFI….no Her, no The Immigrant. Disappointing!

This year’s …

Annie Hall. With an extra port for whimsy and Diane Keaton phased out to make room for a digital love interest. Anni3 Ha11? There’s progress.


This year’s …

Annie Hall. With an extra port for whimsy and Diane Keaton phased out to make room for a digital love interest. Anni3 Ha11? There’s progress.

What’s it all about?

Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer living in the near future, recovers from his divorce by falling in love with his computer’s Siri-like operating system, Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).

How did it happen?

Jonze came up with the not-entirely-original concept while working on Where the Wild Things Are. Within a week of finishing the script he had Phoenix, super-producer Megan Ellison (of Annapurna Pictures) and studio Warner Brothers clicking “OK”. “That is not normal, Jonze told Entertainment Weekly. “I’d never had that kind of good fortune in putting a movie together.”

Nominations it wants

Spurred by positive early buzz Warner Brothers have pulled Her’s release date forward to December, making it eligible for March’s Oscars. Jonze, who was last nominated 13 years ago for Being John Malkovich, will hope this can reboot his chances at grabbing an academy award. His script might even win a nomination in original screenplay, although it’s Charlie Kaufman that’s been behind the best of his works to date (See Malkovich, also Adaptation).

Joaquin Phoenix’s turn as a wigged-out alcoholic seaman in The Master was blasted out of the water by Daniel Day Lewis’ performance in Lincoln last year. Phoenix has had three best actor nominations (the other two are for Gladiator and Walk the Line) so far. If he can convince the academy he wants the carrot, he could get his fourth. He is – after all – acting against 1s and 0s for most of Her.

What it might win

Jonze could be rewarded for long service. Phoenix is owed one too, while co-star Amy Adams – who plays Theodore’s meat space confidante – also has a back catalogue that deserves a statue.

Reasons to fall for it

Everyone loves a love story, even one where half of the relationship is corporally awol. Jonze is great at romance – swinging out for leftfield but always coming back to the heart of the matter. He’s a stylist, but there’s warmth in all of his films, even at their darkest moments.

Reasons it might fail

The older members of the Academy might be switched off by tales of computer love. Science-fiction doesn’t fare well in Oscar’s big categories. Films with freaky-deaky premises (Inception, ET, A Clockwork Orange) can get nominated, but rarely – if ever – take the big prize.

When can we see it?

Her is out on limited release in the states from 18 December, before going wide on 10 January. There’s no UK release date announced as yet.

In five words

Best picture does not compute