The Golden Globe nominations confirmed the front runner status for films like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Slumdog Millionaire and Frost/Nixon. One movie that was expected to be a front runner before the Oscar season began was Revolutionary Road. However, the reunion of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet did not get much attention from the early critics awards. But four Golden Globe nominations may help put Revolutionary Road back on the Oscar track before it is released on Christmas.
Many factors looked to make Revolutionary Road an Oscar favorite at first. It is directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes, has DiCaprio and Winslet together again, and is adapted from a very famous book. All of these are usually Oscar friendly factors.
The story of Revolutionary Road is 47 years old, adapted from Richard Yates’ famed novel about a couple dreaming of big things, but who become bitter and unfulfilled living the so-called perfect 50’s suburban life.
The theme of the classic suburban lifestyle turning out to be terrible and rotten is a time honored cliche, honored in Mendes’ American Beauty. But back when Revolutionary Road the novel was released in 1961, the premise seemed more new and incendiary.
After a long wait, Revolutionary Road is finally in movie form, with DiCaprio and Winslet starring, and direction from Winslet’s husband Mendes. Of course, all the original buzz about Revolutionary Road was in making Titanic references for DiCaprio and Winslet’s reunion, and about how they are a more hostile and bitter couple this time around.
Early rave reviews had put DiCaprio and Winslet on the fast track to Oscar nominations. Winslet in particular has gotten a lot of attention, as this may finally be the year she wins an Oscar, after five failed nominations- and she is only 33. But with additional Oscar buzz for The Reader, Winslet could cancel herself out or get two nominations, as she did at the Golden Globes today.
DiCaprio and Winslet aren’t the only actors getting Oscar buzz for Revolutionary Road, however. Character actor Michael Shannon gained huge buzz in early screenings as a mentally disturbed, but brutally honest, associate of DiCaprio and Winslet’s couple.
Shannon was pegged as a possible Best Supporting Actor contender that could threaten heavy favorite Heath Ledger, but he has been snubbed by early critic awards and the Golden Globes.
In fact, Revolutionary Road was being snubbed altogether by this week’s first batch of critical awards. As films like Benjamin Button, Slumdog Millionaire, Milk, Frost/Nixon and even The Dark Knight were rising in the Oscar charts, Revolutionary Road was falling backwards, despite early raves.
As such, getting 4 Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress may have saved Revolutionary Road from falling off the Oscar charts altogether.
This can also help Revolutionary Road when it actually gets released in theaters, starting on Christmas Day.
Awards Daily- “What, no Revolutionary Road?” www.awardsdaily.com/
Rotten Tomatoes- “Revolutionary Road” www.rottentomatoes.com/m/revolutionary_road/