Scott Feinberg at The Hollywood Reporter spoke to a few Academy members who attended a screening of Wonder Woman at the organizations headquarters in Beverly Hills.
“Large, enthusiastic crowd,” wrote one male member of the public relations branch who is not connected to Warner Bros., the film’s distributor, or the film itself. “Big applause for Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot.
There were Quite a few older Academy members, so clearly they were interested in the film. It played extremely well. If a film like this can get Oscar attention, this might be the one this year.” A female member of the sound branch wrote, Lots of applause for the credits. Some sniffling here and there. The sound was good — seat-rattling, and not in the Michael Bay hit-you-over-the-head way. Nice mix too. The VFX were okay — some mattes were cheesy, but the production design was great and the music, as well, was stellar. The screenplay was smart, so that’s a possibility. Hard film for the Academy to ignore, and the fact that so many showed up and applauded is a good sign. It’s fun and patriotic in its innocence, meaning if you are an America First Republican it hit you over the head! As soon as Chris Pine comes on the scene, the film takes flight and never lands or takes a breath. It could actually garner a best picture nomination. And Gal Gadot is perfect.”
Feinberg also quotes a member of the executives branch who was not able to attend Saturday night’s screening and wrote “I’m eager to see it. It sounds absolutely wonderful. And truly, there’s nothing else to see.”
That’s the key, when there is nothing else to see, the Academy is looking for anything that might look like an Oscar contender in June.