This looks FANTASTIC. Just look at this cast: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Graham, Toby Jones and John Hurt. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is based on the 1974 British spy novel of the same name by John le Carré. The film was directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and is due in American theaters on November 18th, 2011. You can see the trailer here.
The film recently won the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. This film looks really lush. Danny Cohen’s cinematography looks like it could be a real contender at the Oscars this year, not to mention the costume design and set decoration. Just from the trailer alone it looks like Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are both locks for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominations, respectively. I’m so glad Firth is finally getting to do films that are worthy of his talent.
You can watch the trailer here at Yahoo! Movies. The film is set for a November 26th release by the Weinstein Company.
Looks like it could mean back-to-back Best Actor nominations for Colin Firth at the Oscars, or at least that’s the buzz out of the Toronto International Film Festival.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The King’s Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI (Colin Firth), the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George (“Bertie”) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques (including diaphragmatic breathing), and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.
The film is set for a limited release on November 26th.
Fashion designer Tom Ford’s directorial debut A Single Man is a beautifully shot and acted story of love, loss and life. It earned Colin Firth his first Oscar nomination, as well as many other awards and nominations. It finally comes to DVD on July 6th, and if you’ve yet to see it you really need to. I know a few people who saw it thought it was overly glossy and lacked depth, but I don’t agree with that summation. It is glossy, that much is true, but it’s also one of the more beautiful and thoughtful ruminations of the agony of living I’ve ever seen. You can pre-order the film here.
The Academy Award nominations will be announced at 5:30AM PST tomorrow, February 2nd. I’ve got predictions for 10 of the 24 categories. I’m also going to supply some alternates. I love being able to predict what the nominations will be, but at the same time, it would be nice for some surprises to sneak in there too!
- (500) Days of Summer
- An Education
- District 9
- The Hangover
- The Hurt Locker
- Inglourious Basterds
- Star Trek
- Up In The Air
(Alternates: Up, Invictus, A Serious Man)
As shocking (and for many, upsetting) as Avatar‘s win over The Hurt Locker and Inglourious Basterds is, it doesn’t mean it’ll take the top prize at the Oscars in March. It’ll be nom’d for sure, but that really is all that’s certain at this point.