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Watch: New Trailer For George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Makes A Case For Oscar Contention

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 10, 2013 7:22 PM
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"Monuments Men"

The conversation until now has positioned George Clooney's "Monuments Men" as an "Ocean's Eleven"-esque WWII caper, but not a serious Oscar contender. But that talk will likely change with the arrival of the newest trailer for the film, one that still has the lighter tone of the first teaser, but is imbued with some serious elements.

Clooney pulls triple duty here, co-writing, starring and directing, alongside a bunch of his pals old and new—Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett—in this adaptation of Robert M. Edsel's book about a band of soldiers tasked with recovering artwork stolen by the Nazis. Here's the new official synopsis: 

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners.  It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed?  But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

True story? Check. Big stars? Check. Stirringly told? Sure looks like it. We'll let the prognosticators duel it out, but it looks like "Monuments Men" will be in the fix this fall as the awards contenders continue to muscle for votes.

"Monuments Men" opens on December 18th.

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  • Kanerwa | October 11, 2013 3:37 PMReply

    At 0:11 you can see ''The Portrait Of Joung Man'' by Rafael Santi the picture from museum of Czartoryskis family in Krakow.During the german occupation this portrait ''belonged'' to Hans Frank governor general of Poland's territory, so called General Government together with other masterpieces stolen from many polish museums.This picture disappeared at the beginning of 1945 and never came back to Poland.It was the only Rafael's and the most precious picture that ever was in polish museums/private collections.

  • Ans | October 11, 2013 5:39 AMReply

    Blanchett for double nominations 2014!

  • john | October 11, 2013 12:28 AMReply

    my stepmom got a 6 month old Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML63 AMG just by working online with a lap-top. see this

  • vin | October 10, 2013 7:42 PMReply

    I think I can speak for the planet Earth when I say this trailer needs more Bill Murray and John Gooddman_ and less Clooney and Damon in it.

  • caleb | October 10, 2013 10:57 PM

    you think you can, but you just can't.

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