The Greatest Showman Not Competing for Best Picture

Despite all of the workings for a Best Picture nomination, 20th Century Fox is not pushing The Greatest Showman for an Oscar. This is good news to me. I have no interest in being forced to sit through another musical. The trailer has well over 2 million views. Some are surely excited about this.

Hugh Jackman is P.T Barnum in The Greatest Showman. Barnum founded the Ringling Brothers Circus and the film boasts a cast that includes Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zac Efron and Zendaya. The music comes from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the musical minds behind La La Land.

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The Greatest Showman Gets a Trailer 

20th Century Fox released the trailer for Greatest Showman. Starring Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron The Greatest Showman is Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Although it is being released on Christmas Day, there is no indication that they are going for an Oscar campaign. Just light family fun for the holidays.

LES MISERABLES FIRST REACTIONS

 

It is difficult to make Oscar predictions before knowing how LES MISERABLES is going to be received. There was a screening held on Friday at Lincoln Center for select journalists. The word is that LES MISERABLES is a winner. I like to keep in mind that the “select journalists” are probably pretty damn excited to be invited to the first screening so their reactions could be coming from that.

Scott Feinberg from The Hollywood Reporter was there. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/les-miserables-wows-first-screening-393758

Real reviews are not allowed to be written yet.

Lyn Stairmaster wrote:

“It’s 100% successful, absolutely great on every level. It will be hard to beat for Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Hugh Jackman) and Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway). The little kid who plays Gavroche should be up for Best Supporting Actor. The one new song ‘Suddenly’ is lovely and could be up for Best Song if there’s a category.

“There was huge applause after pretty much every musical number, particularly Jackman’s and Hathaway’s. Russell Crowe (Javert) is the only one I had a teensy problem with because he’s not a singer like the others but he still looks great and acts it well.

P.S. Tom Hopper spoke at the screening and announced that the film was just finished at 2pm on Wednesday.