Summertime blockbuster movies 2019 – We’re in the throes of the summertime cache of movies action, animation, superheroes with an occasional dog thrown in for tears.
Is it too soon to talk about movies that might be nominated for Oscar? Good, because we’re already over the summer heat and looking toward autumn when a majority of the Oscar contenders are released.
Bodog is among several top-rated sportsbooks that already have odds up on what movies might be up for Best Picture at the 92nd Academy Awards on February 9.
And that isn’t to say there aren’t contenders or movies in theatres now that won’t get an a Oscar nod. “The Lion King” and “Toy Story 4” will likely be nominated for Best Animated Feature but Best Picture? That remains to be seen.
Best Picture wall in 2020
And will another superhero movie crack the Best Picture wall in 2020 as “Black Panther” did last year? There is chatter that “Avengers: Endgame” will get the nod just as “The Lord of Rings: The Return of the King” did. (Actually, all three “Lord of the Rings” films were nominated.) “Return” won the Academy Award in 2003. A case is being made that it should be nominated as a capstone to an epic, successful and satisfying series. If the Academy’s attempt to create a category for “popular” films had survived (we’re glad it didn’t), it would definitely be nominated. Whether “Endgame” passes muster as a possible Best Picture nominee sees like a stretch.
“Rocketman,” on the heels of the success of “Bohemian Rhapsody” has Oscar buzz too for Taron Egerton and could slip into the potential 10-nominee Best Picture category.
Director Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood,” starring Leonardo DiCapio and Brad Pitt as a faded TV star and his stunt double in an ode to the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age with a dash of Charles Manson thrown in, received a tremendous reaction, a seven -minute standing ovation and the Oscar talk that comes it at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Summertime blockbuster movies 2019 – Other films that could make the Best Picture cut:
- “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” (released Nov. 22) – Based on the true story of everyone’s favourite neighbour Fred Rogers (played by Tom Hanks, the guy everyone wants as a neighbour) and his friendship with journalist Tom Junod.
- “The Irishman” (N/A) – Director Martin Scorsese’s movie about a mob hitman recalling his possible involvement in the murder of Jimmy Hoffa has been cooking for a while and still doesn’t have a firm release date. But with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Jesse Plemmons, Anna Paquin, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale … seriously, do we need to go on? If it gets released, it seems like a shoo-in, well except it may premiere on Netflix which could cause issues.
- “1917” (Dec. 25) – What we know: not much. Sam Mendes directs and wrote with Krysty Wilson-Cairns a film set in 1917 during World War I. It stars Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”), Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”) and Benedict Cumberbatch. That’s it, that’s what we know and we’re willing to go out on a limb.
- “The Goldfinch” (Oct. 11) – Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman and Jeffrey Wright star in this movie based on a Donna Tartt novel about a boy who steals a painting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art during a terrorist attack.
- “The Laundromat” (N/A) – Steven Soderbergh directs Meryl Streep, Antonio Banderas and Gary Oldman in this film about a group of journalists who unearth 11.5 million files linking power political figures to secret banking accounts to avoid taxes. Long live the First Amendment.
- “Cats” (Dec. 20) – This is obviously counter programming to “Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker” and for the record we didn’t put it on the list – a sportsbook did. But we’ll play along. The incredibly popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical moves from the stage to the screen with an all-star cast including Jennifer Hudson (singing “Memory” alone will get her a nomination), Idris Elba, James Corden, Judi Dench, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and more! Meow!
- “Little Women” (Dec. 25) – Actress/director Greta Gerwig who scored great success with “Lady Bird” works with Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh and Emma Watson in a remake of “Little Women,” about sisters coming of age following the Civil War.
The Oscars will air on ABC on Feb. 9, 2020.