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The Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Is Coming For The Oscars With December Release Date Locked Down

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 3, 2013 5:21 PM
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So, is the premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in just a couple of weeks the start of a long haul awards season run for the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis"? CBS Films is banking on it, as they've now marked the calendar with a release date for one of the most anticipated movies of the year.

Yes, the latest from the Coens will arrive in limited release on December 6th followed by a wide expansion on December 20th. Sweet. Plot details haven't been abundant, but Oscar Isaac leads the cast that includes Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman in a dramedy set against the '60s folk scene in New York City. We'll leave it to the Oscar prognosticators to battle it out if this long, long lead strategy is smart, or if it will be difficult to sustain that momentum for the next six months or so. Either way, it's coming.

Meanwhile, the studio has also dated "A Haunted House 2" for March 28th, but seriously, who gives a shit?

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  • CoenConnor | May 3, 2013 5:59 PMReply

    Hmm... I wonder what they'll be campaigning for? Original screenplay is most likely I'd say... Maybe lead actor if this year ends up being weak.... Maybe cinematography ? But it's a small film... Academy isn't kind to the small films unless it's a screenplay or actor nod...

  • Michael | May 6, 2013 1:05 AM

    The Artist was produced for a sum of 15 million, which made it a relatively industrial expenditure. But that doesn't detract from the notion that most films are still being produced by the classical Hollywood system. I mean if 2012 wasn't enough to demonstrate the corporate monopolization of film studios than wait until 2015. Disney's acquisition of several popularized enterprises was just the beginning. Wait until some of the official releases, come on Star Wars Episode 7, Avengers 2, and numerous animated productions. When you examine academy affiliated films, you can easily notice the blatant trend towards monetization and gross revenue. It's almost always economics and politics with those Hollywood folk. While it's unfortunate to observe, the "death" of Cinema has been approaching steadfast for quite some time.

  • COENCONNOR | May 4, 2013 12:57 PM

    Hey, I wasn't the ones prowling through film-blogs trying to pick fight fights. Whatever happened to having an opinion? I've simply read the screenplay and feel this is a "small-scale" film... I mean the plot suggests so itself. The film seems even smaller-scale than the Coens' "A Serious Man" which only picked up 2 Academy Awards. I don't see where you come from with all this hostility, my initial comment was just me throwing out some predictions. Yeesh! Easy on your meds...

    and @AS:Ggood list of some smaller-scale films that got awards attention. Some of those wouldn't meet my own criteria but either way, I never said the Academy "ignores" small-scale films I merely stated they weren't kind to them, as shown throughout the history of the Award ceremony if you follow what films pick up most nominations each year.... Thanks for the list gobsmacking list though.

  • yep | May 4, 2013 11:29 AM

    you're absolutely right. you belong on imdb. i know you're really proud of yourself for graduating from nyu, or toronto's version of the new york film academy, and think you have something profound to offer the world. we get it. your thesis film really meant a lot to you. i'm not even going to break down your nonsense, because that's what it is. pretentious nonsense. intellect of cinema???? get over yourself. there's no way you work in the industry, at least not on a major level, maybe a tier level, because at the top we don't have room from pompous windbags like you.

  • As | May 4, 2013 4:16 AM

    The French Connecition, Marty, Rocky, Winter's Bone, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Crash, In The Bedroom, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, Precious, Fargo

  • COENCONNOR | May 4, 2013 1:07 AM

    @YEP: Oh. Have you read the script? And calling The Artist and The Hurt Locker and No Country For Old Men "small films" speaks a lot about your knowledge and intellect of cinema. Thanks for playing. Side-note: Calling a film small isn't meant to be a demerit by the way. Coen Brothers are my favourite filmmakers of today... A small-scale film is just a film painting on a smaller canvas... doesn't mean it can't be something worth cherishing. Once again, thanks for playing. (I think the feather-weights belong somewhere on the imdb boards by the way..) ;)

  • yep | May 3, 2013 11:12 PM

    Right, because The Artist was such a huge film. So was Hurt Locker. So was Argo for that matter. Or No Country. Such nonsense. Thanks for playing.

  • Chadd | May 3, 2013 6:37 PM

    Best Original Song

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