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Trailer For “The Goldfinch” Reveals A Potential Oscar Hopeful

Back on Wednesday morning, a Trailer debuted for what could be one of 2019’s bigger Academy Award players. It was for The Goldfinch, an adaptation of one of the more widely praised novels of the last decade or so. Warner Bros. is certainly bullish on this one, hoping that a fall release suggests future Oscar attention. The movie doesn’t hit until September, so it’s a full three months and change away, but it never hurts to get the ball running on buzz. You can see the Trailer for The Goldfinch below, but first…some discussion is, as always, in order for us!

Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name by Donna Tartt, the film is a prestige laden drama. The plot synopsis (for the cinematic version, not the book) via IMDb is as follows: “Thirteen year old New Yorker Theo Decker’s life is turned upside down when his mother is killed in a terrorist attack at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and, confused, in the rubble of the tragedy, he steals a priceless piece of art known as The Goldfinch. The movie follows his life following this turn of events and the loss of his mother.” Young Theodore (Oakes Fegley) suffers through that unspeakable tragedy, which will impact his life forever. As an adult, Theo (Ansel Elgort) winds up involved in the world of art forgery, haunted by what happened to his mother. John Crowley directs the adaptation, which was penned by Peter Straughan. The top notch cast includes Nicole Kidman, Dennis O’Hare, Sarah Paulson, Joey Slotnick, Luke Wilson, Finn Wolfhard, Jeffrey Wright, and more. The score is composed by Trevor Gureckis, while the cinematography is by the legend Roger Deakins.

There’s no denying that this has a chance to be a big deal. If nothing else, Deakins as the cinematographer alone makes it worth checking out. The story blew people away (no pun intended, considering the plot) in book form, so there’s reason to have high hopes here. At the same time, it would not be the first literary adaptation to fall short when transitioning to the silver screen. We’ll have to wait and see, but if it does end up at a film festival, that won’t hurt things any. More likely, it won’t and we’ll simply have to just hope for the best.

Awards wise, The Goldfinch is definitely a potential player. Look for Warner Bros. to launch a full blown campaign, with efforts in Best Picture, Best Director (for Crowley), Best Actor (for Elgort), Best Supporting Actor (for Wright), Best Supporting Actress (for Kidman and/or Paulson, depending on category placement), Best Adapted Screenplay (for Straughan), Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Score. Below the line, Deakins will certainly be considered for Cinematography, while everything else just depends on quality. Right now, my predictions have it getting into Picture and Adapted Screenplay, with more upward mobility certainly available to it, though it could also get funneled out for a bit, in favor of some unseen contenders. Time will tell.

You can see this first look at The Goldfinch next, but keep in mind that it’s not hitting theaters until the middle of September, September 13th, to be precise. That release date could really go either way, awards prospect wise, but the Trailer does look pretty solid. There’s no reason not to consider it still a player, though there’s a chance I move it around the next time I update my Oscar predictions. For the moment, give a look to the Trailer and see what you think. If it floats your boat, you’ll have a high profile title to look forward to in the early fall. Behold now…

Here now is the Trailer for The Goldfinch:

Stay tuned for much more on The Goldfinch in the months to come!

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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