Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling – “The Big Short” enters 2015 and could shake the Oscar race up

Steve Carell The Big Short

Something kind of big just came our way folks. Yes, the shake up to the awards season that we’ve been hoping for might have made its entrance. The film in question is The Big Short, which was originally set as a high profile 2016 release. Now though, it’s been announced as having a late 2015 release date, with a big debut at AFI Fest as well. As such, the Paramount release has to be considered a potentially big contender in a bunch of categories, particularly since the announcement also coincided with a Trailer dropping. Simply put, it looks very good. It hasn’t been a boring season yet, but the potential was there, so this new contender is welcome in my eyes…

The movie is an adaptation of the Michael Lewis book of the same name. It’s about the housing crisis and the chaos brought on by the banks. Essentially, some tried to take advantage of the looming calamity, while some fought against it. Adam McKay directs and co-writes the adaptation with Charles Randolph, while the giant A-list cast includes Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Melissa Leo, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, and quite a few more as well. Lewis penned the non fiction books that became The Blind Side and Moneyball, so it’s fair to assume that The Big Short could certainly follow in the Oscar nominated footsteps of both…

Christian Bale The BIG Short

What has me so intrigued by this new Academy Award hopeful is that we’ve yet to really see anything that feels like a slam dunk Best Picture nominee. Moreover, I don’t think any of the acting or writing categories are locked up, not to mention Best Director. The closest might be Spotlight of the films that have screened so far (more on that one soon), but the unseen contenders are what we’re really banking on this year. With the rest of 2015 filled with movies that could do well but could also fall short, something like this flick really does give voters one more high profile option. We’re just speculating, but that’s the name of the game.

Brad Pitt Big Short

In terms of awards, The Big Short could wind up all over the place if it’s as good as the Trailer looks. Nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (for McKay), Best Actor (for either Bale, Carell, Gosling, or Pitt, depending on category placement), Best Supporting Actor (some combination of Bale, Carell, Gosling, or Pitt, depending on category placement/who goes Lead), Best Supporting Actress (for Leo), Best Adapted Screenplay (for McKay and Randolph), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Score. I’m not ready to actually predict any of this, but I think Bale, Carell, and Gosling look great, so one of them could certainly get a big push at the very least. If the film can break into Picture, other nominations will likely come along with it.

Realistically, this is all just guesswork right now, as it is for anything that hasn’t been seen yet. In November, when The Big Short debuts at AFI, we’ll know if we’ve over or under estimated it. After that premiere, it’ll be a prime Oscar season release date for the film, as a limited bow will be on December 11th and a wide one on the 23rd. My hunch is that this movie is good enough to be a contender, but time will tell. In the meantime, take a look at the Trailer below, which should really get you excited for the flick. Enjoy, and sit tight, as we’ve only just begun discussing this one folks…

Here now is the Trailer for The Big Short:

Brad Pitt eye glasses The Big Short
Stay tuned for much more on The Big Short between now and the end of December!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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