Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 13-15, 2015

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Cinderella

Kenneth Branagh’s sumptuous rendition of Cinderella has been earning strong notices from critics and is poised to be one of the year’s first major blockbusters. Opening to around $70 million this weekend, the film is connecting with young women and adults and should have little trouble matching past Disney live-action fairy tales.

With the box office assured, and critics giving it better notices than expected, the film enters the Oscar race with a stronger footing than last year’s Maleficent, which had the same trajectory, but was a darker tale. With the lightheartedness at foot, the film could earn more attention technical and creative categories than its predecessor.

From all the chatter surrounding the film, Best Costume Design seems assured. That’s where Maleficent made its only appearance. It could also figure in the Best Visual Effects category, and in tandem with costume design, Best Production Design. From there, the film’s potential becomes trickier as the Best Makeup & Hairstyling category trends towards prosthetics rather than traditional hairstyling selections. Elsewhere, it’s unlikely to figure, though a strong Oscar campaign could get it consideration in Best Sound Mixing as well.

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