Harvey Weinstein presented trailers from his company's upcoming slate of films at Cannes today: so what might we be talking about when Oscar season finally rolls around? Now, mind you, this should all be taken with a grain of salt. After all, early footage can so often be fickle. Also, Weinstein talked up Grace of Monaco last year, and look what happened there.
Not all the films Weinstein put on display were Oscar hopefuls. Paddington is family fare; The Giver is a stab at the YA demo. Still, based on reactions we can make really early guesses as to what films will be running the big race.
The Tim Burton biopic of painter Margaret Keane has always been on the Oscar radar, and coming out of the Weinstein presentation, Kyle Buchanan of Vulture called it "otherwise known as Please Give Amy Adams Her Damn Academy Award Already." Jada Yuan of the same publication noted on Twitter that the movie looked more Spike Jonze than Tim Burton "but still fantastic." Though Variety's Ramin Setoodeh thought some elements of the trailer didn't "look promising," the gab around Adams is hard to dispute. Pete Hammond of Deadline was completely positive: "I have high hopes for this one based on the footage seen and so obviously does Weinstein, at least considering the release date."