But compare that to 2018’s The Favourite , another English-language black comedy from an European director (Yorgos Lanthimos) about wealth, affluence and gender/sexual politics (except it’s set in the British royal palace in 1711 as opposed in order to a contemporary luxury cruise yacht). That film earned nine Oscar noms, including Best Picture plus Best Director, with Olivia Colman winning for Best Actress. And despite it being a historical satire, it managed to earn $96 million globally, including a decent $34 million within the U. S. The particular inequities associated with wealth, power, and sex may have changed little, but the moviegoing environment appears to possess shifted quite a bit.

Cast of Women Talking

Women Talking

Movie director and screenwriter Sarah Polley’s powerful adaptation of Miriam Toews’ novel—about a group of women who debate whether to leave their isolated Mennonite community after years of sexual abuse by the men—has landed two nominations, for Best Picture and Greatest Adapted Screenplay, after a strange march to the screen. It played all the major festivals last fall and was originally set with regard to a December 2 limited release. But then it ended up playing a small awards qualifying run later that month, before finally opening four weeks later on Jan. 20. Box office has been next to nothing so far, with just $1. 1 million in the bank, and we suspect this outstanding movie will find its life upon VOD and streaming.

Two other independent Best Image nominees about the sexual abuse plus repression of women, one associated with them through the lens of a religious organization, did better for themselves. 2013’s Philomena , about a woman who tries in order to track down the particular son she was forced to give up by the convent decades earlier, grossed an astonishing $100 mil worldwide (Judi Dench puts butts within seats! ) and scored four Oscar nominations, while 2015’s Room earned $36 million and landed Brie Larson a Best Lead Actress prize.

Brendan Fraser in The Whale

The Whale

Here is almost a direct corollary to The Wrestler . Both films are directed by Darren Aronofsky, and both are smaller features that the auteur made after helming a couple of more expensive projects (he did The Fountain before The particular Wrestler , plus directed Noah and mother! before tackling The Whale ). Both feature actors (Mickey Rourke in The particular Wrestler , Brendan Fraser within The Whale ) for whom their respective starring vehicles have offered a comeback to critical, audience, and award appreciation, and each are regarding damaged men desperate in order to reconnect with a daughter whilst facing mortality and potential death (Fraser is nominated, as is Hong Chau for optimum Supporting Actress).

Budgeted at $6 million, The Wrestler produced a very healthy $45 million worldwide upon its release in 2008. Currently around seven weeks into the release, the less expensive ($3 million) The Whale has earned $13 million at press time—clearly not a match for The Wrestler , but surprisingly strong regarding an indie release in this environment, with mixed crucial reviews. While not exactly topmost in the particular cultural consciousness, The particular Whale has managed to hold its own to a degree.

Margot Robbie dance in Babylon


Damien Chazelle’s fifth plus biggest function yet, the three-hour dive into the hedonistic culture of Hollywood simply as it was changing from small-town cottage industry to major corporate business (via the transition from silent films in order to talkies), was both the most critically divisive film of the year as well as—at least initially—a major Oscar play for Paramount Pictures. But this overlong, overstuffed, over-caffeinated mess of the movie not only missed the mark with a good number associated with critics but utterly whiffed at the box office, earning just $28 million worldwide as of press time against a budget of $78 mil. It has justifiably won some critics’ groups prizes intended for its score, production design, and cinematography, and offers landed Oscar noms to get the first two plus costume style, but has been ignored in the main Oscar categories.

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