Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 12-14, 2019

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

The Farewell

Few films can capitalize on early critical acclaim and move into the Oscar space as a frontrunner. Films like Get Out can do it, but personal family dramas can sometimes struggle. Enter The Farewell, a film with festival buzz that has finally released and, as of today sits with an incredibly rare 100% Fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes.

Starring break out star Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians), the film centers around a family who refuses to tell their grandmother about her terminal diagnosis. Opening at Sundance in January, the film has been steadily buzzed about since, especially in terms of Awkwafina’s chances at an Oscar nomination.

There have been numerous critically acclaimed films that never caught on with Oscar voters. The Farewell could very easily fall into that trap. Yet, critics are clearly head-over-heels for the film, which could give it a boost at the end of the year. While Oscar voters don’t have a long attention span, critics do and if they can push Get Out back into the Oscar conversation after being out of mind for more than six months, then a groundswell of support for The Farewell could boost its chances with the Academy.

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