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Who Gary Oldman could potentially play in Star Wars Episode VII

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Movie news keep reporting that every actor in Hollywood has been approached for a role in Star Wars Episode VII. Recently Gary Oldman has been reported to have been offered a role in the film but if he will take it or not has yet to be confirmed. In an interview Oldman seemed keen on the idea but would only believe it once he is on a plane to London to shoot the film. Who will he play though? Will he play a villain? He has played some really iconic villains in his time but not recently. Maybe he will play someone who already exists in the Star Wars universe.

Obi-Wan Kenobi. Here me out. Gary Oldman without a doubt is a great actor and would be able to pull the role off. Oldman is approaching the same age as Alec Guinness was when he played the role. Not to mention the fact that both Alec Guinness and Gary Oldman have played the character George Smiley in separate versions of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. People clearly saw something in Gary Oldman for him to play the role of George Smiley. Why couldn’t he play another character Guinness has played. I would really be up for seeing this. Other than having Ewan McGregor playing the role I think Oldman would be perfect. 

This is clearly just a suggestion but it may not be a million miles off. What do you think? Could Gary Oldman play the role of Obi-Wan? Please comment below and thanks for reading. 

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Trailer Review

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes has been a highly anticipated film. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was highly popular and was a reboot to the series that was not necessarily needed but it worked. One thing that made the film work so well was Ceaser played brilliantly via motion capture by Andy Serkis. It seems this film or the trailer at least is going a different way. The first film had a great deal of focus on Ceaser and this sequel is not bringing back any of the previous actors except for Serkis. Clearly Andy Serkis’ portrayal was the strongest point in the film.

This trailer is very brief and although we get to see Ceaser it is simply a lingering shot of his face before him giving an order to attack. Despite Serkis being a strong point of the first film it makes sense to have more human characters fighting back. Gary Oldman features in the trailer and gives a voiceover about how humans have fought each other in order to survive and hopes that they will be able to rebuild their society.

Obviously a great deal of time has passed since the first film and this world is going to be a post apocalyptic world where society has collapsed and the world is now run by apes. I don’t think humans are slaves in this but I think they are being wiped out by the apes. Only time will tell. Other than Andy Serkis and Gary Oldman the film stars Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Judy Greer.

Are you going to see this when it hits cinemas in July? Please comment below and thanks for reading.

Do The Academy Awards Matter?

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Everyone likes to get praised for their work. Awards season for the film industry is important to so many people and winning an award really matters to them. The Academy Awards is considered the most prestigious film award a person can win. Actors dream of winning Oscars in particular and many not just actors but anyone who works in the film industry would be so honored to have their work recognized. However with mixed opinions on films and performances do awards really matter? There have been many roles by actors which I feel were undeserving of Academy Awards and many actors who have missed out on an Oscar nomination despite receiving praise by other awards for their performances. Some have actually made me really angry and even though some may be my personal opinion towards a performance or film I can still show my disapproval and approval of what happens at the Academy Awards.

Meryl Streep is a fantastic actress and has received so much recognition from the Academy Awards but one thing has really annoyed me recently. She won best leading actress for The Iron Lady. Now I can only say this is my opinion but I know many agree with me. In The Iron Lady it is not a powerful biopic about Margret Thatcher it is a pathetic attempt at a dementia awareness the film. He performance was so weak and she only got nominated because she gets nominated. There were better roles that year for the actresses who would have loved to have won an Oscar instead. Also many of Streep’s nominations mean that other new actresses are not getting recognized just because of the Academy’s stupid obsession with Streep. Some nominations are good but some are just put there for the sake of it and it is unfair.  I really don’t get how she won and it really makes me angry. I think this is one of the biggest mistakes the academy has ever made.

Tommy Lee Jones is a fantastic actor and gives great performances in all his films. However he won an Oscar for The Fugitive. Now if you have seen the film it is hardly a pioneering film in the world of cinema and Jones basically plays himself. Its not a terrible performance but its not an Oscar worthy performance. Compared to the other nominees in that category I am surprised that Jones came out on top. I personally would have awarded the Oscar to either Pete Postlethwaite for In The Name Of The Father or Ralph Fiennes for Schindler’s List. The other two nominees were John Malkovich for In The Line Of Fire and Leonardo DiCaprio for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. These were all worthy performances except for Jones who has done many better roles than The Fugitive that were worthy of Oscar nominations and even wins. What were the academy thinking when they gave the Oscar to him? I really don’t know.

There are many snubs made by the academy. Some have been nominated and still have not won whereas some great performances have been ignored  completely. As I said there were many better performances when Tommy Lee Jones won. Also more recently I felt Anne Hathaway was an unworthy winner of the academy award for Les Miserables.  I felt her role really lacked something but that is my opinion. Someone else should have won but I am torn at who should have though.

Gary Oldman finally received a Oscar nomination  for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy two years ago. However he did not win despite giving a fantastic performance. Jean Dujardin won for The Artist which I think is another overrated film. That is only my opinion. Oldman has been snubbed by the Oscars on many occasions but I would not have wanted him to win for just because the academy was trying to make up for snubbing him on in my opinion on 5 separate occasions. I feel that the academy did this with Russell Crowe. He won for Gladiator which was a great performance but I think he only won to make up for him not winning the previous year for the film The Insider.

Michael Fassbender received recognition for his role in Shame at the Golden Globes but was snubbed at the Oscars. He gave a really intense and powerful performance but the academy deemed the topic too sensitive and ignored his fantastic performance. Will Ferell a well known comedy actor gave a brilliant performance in Stranger Than Fiction which I felt was Oscar worthy as well as actor Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. I thought that range would be recognize range in performances.  I worry this will be done again for this years academy awards with Steve Carell. He is playing a serious role in the film Foxcatcher but because of his body of work the academy may snub him. I think the Academy needs to look at range of actors performances and not just the performances they are being marked on.

Snubs are not just for actors but it has been done for directors as well. Martin Scorsese winning for The Departed seemed to make up for snubs for his films such as Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Raging Bull and Casino. Although I liked The Departed I felt some of his other films are more deserving of recognition. The Departed is actually a remake which most people don’t know.

It has also been done for best film at the Oscars. The Hurt Locker won Best Picture a few years ago and I don’t think it was the best film of that time. I felt District 9 was more deserving of recognition. Also it is controversial that Forrest Gump won Best Picture over both Pulp Fiction ans The Shawshank Redemption. There two films are considered some of the best pieces in cinema history and The Shawshank Redemption is number one on Internet Movie Data Base’s top 250 list. I personally did not like Forrest Gump and I think most people would say that both The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction are much better films despite the Academy disagreeing.

Overall I do like to keep up with the Academy Awards and other awards but I do think they have made the wrong decisions on many occasions to the point that if you work in the industry that winning an award is a bonus and may help your career but sometimes the voters don’t have a clue and it is down to personal preference and if something is good but not recognized critically it does not mean it is any lesser than a film that has received recognition.

What do you think about the Academy Awards? Do you think they are unfair and they make the wrong decisions often? Please comment below and thanks for reading.