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It’s way too early to predict the Oscars, especially in the supporting categories. But looking at Hollywood’s upcoming slates sight unseen, which movies have the right stuff to go the distance?
Studios tend to premiere their movies in Cannes as a launch pad for international release. That’s the case for “Rocketman” (May 31, Paramount) starring Taron Egerton as Elton John, Dexter Fletcher’s follow-up to $900-million juggernaut “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It also stars Jamie Bell as songwriter Bernie Taupin and Richard Madden as John’s lover.
And then there’s the return of Terrence Malick, whose “The Tree of Life” won the Palme d’Or in 2011 and went on to score three Oscar nominations. After delivering a series of “Tree of Life” spin-offs, Malick takes a new route this time with “A Hidden Life,” about Austrian conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), who would not fight for the Nazis in World War II. Could this be the supporting role that pushes always-excellent Belgian star Matthias Schoenaerts into awards consideration? Or will there be sentiment for Bruno Ganz’s last movie role? Distributors will be figuring that out at Cannes.
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Cannes will also reveal the scope of Brendan Gleeson’s role in Ira Sachs’ European family drama “Frankie” (Sony Pictures Classics) starring Isabelle Huppert.
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“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Once Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, debuts at the festival, we will be able to gauge who will pop from its starry ensemble. The size of their roles is the main question: presumably Brad Pitt has the juiciest part as the stunt man for DiCaprio’s fading western star, but Al Pacino as an agent, Damian Lewis as Steve McQueen and the indefatigable Bruce Dern are no slouches either.
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