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John C. Reilly looks like a late breaking Academy Award player in the Trailer for “Stan & Ollie”

If there’s going to be a late breaking Oscar contender in 2018, we may have found it. Hardly on the radar until recently, Stan & Ollie has a chance to crash the Academy Award party this year. There’s been rumors that it was one to watch, so now that we have a Trailer that dropped yesterday, it is easy to see why. Charming yet emotional, voters could go for this in a big way. We’ll discuss that shortly, and you’ll be able to see the Trailer as well. Watch out for this one, especially in terms of one specific category. You’ll see what I mean in a bit.

The movie is a biopic about the legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. This is the synopsis for the biographical dramedy: “The true story of Hollywood’s greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, is brought to the big screen for the first time. Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the inimitable movie icons, Stan and Ollie is the heart-warming story of what would become the pair’s triumphant farewell tour. With their golden era long behind them, the pair embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille (Shirley Henderson) and Ida (Nina Arianda) – a formidable double act in their own right – the pair’s love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public.” Reilly plays Oliver Hardy, while Coogan is Stan Laurel. They look spot on too. Jon S. Baird directs a script by Jeff Pope. Also in the cast here are Danny Huston, Stephanie Hyam, and more. Rolfe Kent handles the score, while Laurie Rose does the cinematography.

This film, going by the Trailer, looks to be a showcase for Reilly. Not only does he really look like Hardy, it seems like he’ll make you laugh and cry in equal measure. Having never won an Oscar, he could be seen as due for a statue. Even if that’s not the case, the quality of the work could make him a threat to win. More on that next, but keep that in mind when you watch the Trailer. He’s front and center, obviously. Sony Pictures Classics recent acquired it with similar thoughts, so you know there will be an effort put forward to get him and it recognized.

Awards wise, Stan & Ollie could be a real factor with Oscar voters. Look for a campaign in Best Picture, Best Director (for Baird), Best Actor (for Coogan and/or Reilly, depending on category placement), Best Supporting Actor (also for Coogan and/or Reilly, for the same reason), Best Original Screenplay (for Pope), Best Production Design, and Best Makeup & Hairstyling. Reilly especially seems like the play, in particular if he goes Supporting. In Supporting Actor, he could even be a real threat to win. If that happens, there’s a possibility that Picture could come along for the ride too. Sleep on this one at your own risk.

Below is the Trailer for Stan & Ollie, which should give you an idea how good Reilly looks in the flick. There isn’t a release date hammered down yet, but expect Sony Pictures Classics to sneak this one in before the end of the year. If not, it’ll certainly be a 2019 contender, but bet on it being a 2018 hopeful. There will be lots more to say about this one soon, presumably, so sit tight there. In the meantime, take a gander at the Trailer. It looks like it has the potential to be a real awards season highlight. Behold now the Stan & Ollie goodness…

Here now is the Trailer for Stan & Ollie:

Stay tuned for more on Stan & Ollie as the season progresses!

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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