Angelina Jolie showed up at the Academy Awards on Sunday night on the arm of partner Brad Pitt, who ended up winning an Oscar as one of the producers of “12 Years a Slave.”
Don’t be surprised if you see Jolie at the Dolby again next year, this time with Pitt applauding from the audience as Jolie wins the Oscar for directing “Unbroken,” a survival tale depicting the life of World War II hero and former Olympic distance runner Louis Zamperini.
Too soon? Definitely. But after spending the past six months writing about “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity,” can you blame us for wanting to take just a peek at the movies that will likely be vying for next year’s awards?
Here’s how the lineup may shake out:
“I imagine that for the last 10-something years, (Zamperini has) been sitting there having a coffee in the morning and wondering who’s going to make this movie,” Jolie told Brokaw. “And I’ve been sitting in my room thinking, ‘What am I supposed to be doing with my life? I wanna do something important I need some help. I need some guidance. Where is it?’ And it was right outside my window,” noting that Zamperini lives in her Los Angeles neighborhood.
Zamperini, now 97, ran in the 1936 Olympics, wowed (and met) Hitler, flew a B-24 bomber during World War II, survived 47 days in shark-infested Pacific Ocean waters after a crash landing and then endured brutal treatment as a prisoner of war.
So, yeah, just a little drama. Playing Zamperini, young British actor Jack O’Connell will be the season’s newcomer to know.
The film was slated to open the American Film Institute’s AFI Fest in November last year but at the last moment was pushed to this year. We were told at the time that perfectionistic Miller just needed a bit more time to massage the final cut. Particularly for Steve Carell, who plays Du Pont, this has the potential to be a career-changer.