Vin Diesel: ‘Furious 7’ Will Win Best Picture at the Oscars

Vin Diesel: 'Furious 7' Will Win

Universal’s “Furious 7” is expected to set box office records when it opens on April 3, with fans eager to flock to multiplexes to bid farewell to Paul Walker. But the film’s star and producer, Vin Diesel, predicts that “Furious 7’s” success won’t be limited to the number of tickets it sells. He says the film will also sweep a certain 2016 awards ceremony.

“Universal is going to have the biggest movie in history with this movie,” Diesel said in a lengthy interview with Variety for this week’s cover story. “It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.”

Diesel took a breath, before offering his prediction for a second time. “This will win best picture,” Diesel said. “There is nothing that will ever come close to the power of this thing.”

Diesel said he was very pleased with the final movie, which pays tribute to Walker, who died as a passenger in a sports car accident in November 2013 in the middle of production. The studio then had to scramble to rewrite the film’s ending, and used special effects to finish Walker’s performance with the help of stand ins. “We were successful in one-upping the action sequences, and adding an interesting dynamic to the world,” Diesel said. “But what the world won’t anticipate is how emotionally powerful the movie is. The head of the studio, Ron Meyer, often said when ‘Fast 5’ or ‘Fast 6’ came out, ‘If there was no number attached to these movies, they would be contenders for best picture.’ And when people see ‘Furious 7,’ they are going to agree.”

“Furious 7,” the latest chapter in the most successful franchise in the history of Universal Pictures (at $2.4 billion), debuted at SXSW last week, where it earned glowing reviews. The film currently stands at a 85 fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. But “Furious 7” would be an unusual Oscars winner, as the Academy has yet to bestow a single best picture nomination on franchise events like “The Hunger Games,” “Harry Potter,” “The Dark Knight” or the previous six “Fast and Furious” films. In recent years, more often than not, the best picture prize has gone to smaller indies like “Birdman,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The Artist” and “The Hurt Locker.”

Then again, “Furious 7” opens at a time where the Academy is under scrutiny after this year’s disastrous telecast, which saw viewership decline by 16 percent with host Neil Patrick Harris. Board members are expected to meet in the coming days to talk about whether to narrow the best picture field back to only five nominees, instead of the current structure (which allows for up to 10). Maybe Diesel is on to something, after all. Or maybe not: when told about the prediction, a Universal executive chuckled and then asked to go off the record.

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  1. Could win – when you consider that the Oscars have no meaning anymore. They are worse than the Emmys.

  2. Daniel says:

    Lord of the Rings is a franchise. It won 11 out of 11 nominations including Best Picture in 2004 for ´The Return of the King´. Its previous two films were also nominated for Best Picture.

    That´s a franchise.

    It´s only about taste. Fast and the Furious is too colourful for AMPAAS. But a nomination for Best Picture is almost a certainty. Or, it will open talks for a new category. Best Action Film. Which could be flexible in the years it has any nominations, at all.

    Definitely, over-due.

  3. That Guy says:

    Vin Diesel is out to lunch if he thinks this crapfest of an action series will ever win Best Picture no matter how many sequels they shove in our face. There’s at least seven other movies coming out this year that will run rings around this movie and make it forgettable like the others. If the Oscars were smart, they’d give Walker a posthumous honorary Oscar like they did with Heath.

  4. Robert Brown says:

    The Furious franchise is a drama wrapped in action. Not all of the action is realistic, but a lot of it is, and much of it impresses in a big way. More important than the action, is the drama portion of the films. Furious has a great story and back and forth play between the characters. Furious 7 is the best film in the series so far, which is saying a lot.

  5. David Newton says:

    This movie sucks. In one scene, Satham and Diesel play a game of chicken and drive into eachother head on each going about 100 MPH, each After the cars are totalled, both guy step out of their cars unharmed, with no airbags.

  6. Davicito says:

    How can this franchise miss with clutch dialogue like “You know, who you choose to be around you lets you know who you are.” . . . and “Nobody else. Just you and me, once and for all.”

    FnF scripts are movie magic!

  7. fatalreview says:

    the profiteering off of Paul’s death is getting nauseating at this point

  8. Ian Gooda says:

    Is the author of the piece ignoring the nominations Lord of the Rings received or are we not counting that as a franchise?

  9. KSD says:

    I don’t understand why these comments have to be so insulting. Just because something isn’t your cup of tea doesn’t make it garbage. I love the fast and furious films, they’re a fun, exciting diversion from the real world. But I also enjoy films like The Hurt Locker, Selma and Slumdog Millionaire. The fast and furious films aren’t better or worse just different. Now that being said I don’t agree that ff7 will even be nominated for best picture. The cast is just going to have to be happy with the biggest April opening in movie history and being a wonderful moving tribute to Paul. I know I’ll be watching

  10. Brad says:

    Has it occurred to any of you that Vin is just joking? It’s obvious he said this with his tongue planted firmly-in-cheek.

  11. Keith says:

    Not much on hype are you Vin Diesel? It was a sad and shocking event that took the life of Paul Walker, but in the run up to release of this film, it’s felt like every member of the cast except Jordan Brewster , Lucas Black and Ludacris has come up with a ‘story’ about how much Walker meant to them. Michele Rodriguez’ story in particular was self serving and annoying. I hope the movie does well, but sometimes, actors need to just say the lines they’re given for the movie and NOTHING else. Yes…I’m looking at you Vin Diesel. Hollyweird indeed.

    • T'omm J'Onzz says:

      « sometimes, actors need to just say the lines they’re given for the movie and NOTHING else. Yes…I’m looking at you Vin Diesel. »

      “… the film’s star and producer, Vin Diesel, …”

      next.

  12. Michael says:

    Um the best movie this man has done is a movie in which he said three words exclusively in that order. And now not to disrespect Paul walker, but those movies are terrible I mean come on people really. Best picture wtf is he thinking.

  13. Angel Rosa says:

    And a tsunami of chuckles within Hollywood soon followed Diesel’s statement.

    Sorry, NO disrespect to Vin Diesel, who we ALL love, and definitely much love and respect, and major props to the legacy of the great Paul Walker, who was the true beacon of light and talent in the Furious franchise, but these films aren’t exactly models of deep, powerful, and profound filmmaking.

    (I stopped watching Furious 6 within 10 minutes of hitting ‘play’—ON TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS!)

    Look, these are films designed to be action-packed, exhilarating in that respect, and ultimately fun. (Though for certain folks like myself, it all becomes just a bit too repetitive and in that respect tedious.) The bottom line is that the folks at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider would have to discover a parallel universe for a world to exist where a Fast and Furious movie could win an Academy Award for BEST PICTURE! Not sound design, not special effects, those are ENTIRELY POSSIBLE, but Best Picture?

    Come on, Vin.

  14. John Harris says:

    Two of the biggest hits of last year – Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier – were hugely popular with critics and fans alike. Yet neither garnered even a Best Picture nomination, much less any actual Oscars. The Academy is way too artsy-fartsy to even consider nominating a Fast/Furious picture for any of its substantial awards. Sorry, Vin.

  15. Jill says:

    The Oscars have given nominations (and wins) for best picture to franchise films. Ever heard of “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”?

  16. That man is so funny, it’s such a shame he doesn’t do comedy.

  17. frank borland says:

    f&f 7 couldnt win the oscar for best soundtrack

  18. vin done lost his mind….its nowhere near oscar consideration let alone best pic quality…the movie was good but not great…way too over the top, and almost a parody of what the franchise has been…

  19. Yes, please. About time a movie that people actually watched and liked wins Best Picture. Also, everyone who’s trying to impose affirmative action should be pleased that such diversity-heavy movie is the winner. So everyone happy. Nobody liked 12YS and Selma despite PC Police trying to force everyone t love that mediocre crap. well, people love F&F movies without “it is time” crapfest.

    • DudleyDoRight says:

      Only meatheads and their shallow idiot girlfriends like these stupid movies. Nobody wants to see this win Best Pic.

  20. Josh says:

    A bit of wishful thinking there don’t you think, Vin?

  21. cb says:

    what ubertim said: the lord of the rings sequel – a franchise film – swept the awards.

  22. UberTim says:

    Oscar never awarded a franchise? A sequel? LOTR – Return of the King.

  23. Bill B. says:

    Simply one of the most stunningly stupid comments I have ever read. The day that the Oscars stoop this low, is the day they become of no importance leading to eventual extinction. Somewhere (I hope) Paul Walker, who I really liked a lot, is laughing his butt off at that publicity grabbing comment.

  24. Lisa deitz says:

    Love u and Paul he is missed , so sad , it kills me that he died! Love these movies .your all a family and hard to lose a friend or family, I know , I lost a son, and mom.and sisters and brothers , so I know the hurt,and pain ,and sadness.GOD BLESS all of you.THANK YOU ALL FOR THE MOVIES , YOUR FAN LISA DEITZ, TAKE CARE , LOVE ALL OF YOU.

  25. There is no way this movie will win best picture. Maybe, effects but this just an action film and will be of a very predictable formula. Love you Vin, but not happening.

  26. Deborah McCaughn says:

    Vin Diesel you hit it right on with your comment on the Oscars n legacy of movie. I love the movies, own them all, £ove the whole cast, n Paul (RIP)will be missed whole heartily; movie will be here 4/2/15 N so excited too see..will be EPIC.
    💙💜💯% for whole “FAMILY”

  27. Spaska Angelova says:

    Incredible actor is Vin, exclusive movie!

  28. gem says:

    As far as I am concerned, Fast & Furious is a Blockbuster for a reason, the #s prove that, there is no arguing that point. Franchise or not it should win an Oscar. These are dedicated actors that worked their asses off to make this movie the success it is going to be. Vin Diesel and the rest of the crew had a detrimental loss… Yet dug deep to Honor their fallen friend and family member, Paul Walker. I seriously think, Furious 7 will win and win big, not only at the box office financially, but at the Oscars as well, next year. Mainly due to the fantastic work, supporting cast and the plot is to kill for. No way it doesn’t get nominated.

    • Bill B. says:

      I appreciate that you’re a fan, but you must be very young to think that any of that could possibly happen. The Oscars are not a popularity contest. That would be the People’s Choice Awards.

  29. james says:

    LOTR is equivalent to Dark Knight and Hunger Games and they were nominated 3 times for best picture and return of the king won best picture. Wow get your facts straight.

  30. I have always liked these movies. Just upsetting to me how the other actors take a back seat.. Their faces should be front and center promoting their great film. I am tired of the supporting actors not truly getting their
    earns

  31. Ken says:

    Right. It’ll rank up there alongside LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, THE GODFATHER, BEN-HUR and WEST SIDE STORY.

  32. Tom says:

    Godfather Part 2 won best picture. Wasn’t that a franchise?

    • Deadpool says:

      The difference between The Godfather II and Fast and Furious 7 is that Godfather II is actually good…In no universe will a Fast and Furious movie ever be equal

  33. lieutjimdangle says:

    maybe it that parallel universe the large hadron collider is about to open up

  34. David says:

    “…unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever”.

    They don’t, they really don’t. The Academy is now predominantly elderly men and they seem to be convinced that anything successful is inherently low quality. These are the same kin of films that they loved back in the 60s and 70s but today sneer at. Sadly, doesn’t look like things will change anytime soon.

  35. couchy says:

    VIN you drunk?

  36. Shaun says:

    In related news: Vin Diesel says, “‘Shrooms are AWESOOOME, MAAAAN!”

  37. Mike says:

    Didn’t one of The Lord of the Rings films win best picture? Is that not a franchise?

  38. Rip says:

    He said it with a straight face?

    Seriously?

  39. Robb says:

    I love the Fast and Furious franchise but there’s just no way Vin I’m sorry and plus, “nothing close to the power of this thing”? Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, Spectre, Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

  40. cadavra says:

    In a related story, I’ll be marrying Sofia Vergara this weekend.

  41. Mozts says:

    Unless he says “I am groot” I don’t care what Diesel says.

  42. LOL says:

    If ever the rest of the world needed proof that Americans are indeed mad, this statement of Mr. Diesel is proof-positive.

    • Chendaddy says:

      When have anyone but the mad ever changed the world? Groot’s prediction is both the dumbest and the best that I’ve ever heard.

      • Keith says:

        Thunderous applause for this comment!!!!!!!! The things that are coming out of the mouths of some of the cast of this movie to help promote this movie are absurd and annoying as hell.

    • gus says:

      Where are you from, LOL? What country?

  43. jimmy says:

    awsome move

  44. Courtney says:

    he’s crazy if he thinks a non drama even has a shot of being nominated for best picture the last franchise film to win was Lord Of The Rings Return Of The King in 2004 and prior to that the last to win was The Godfather Part II in 1975

  45. It will be hard seeing the movie, with Paul Walker gone. RIP Paul Walker.

  46. Francis says:

    Really? No franchises ever win? What about The Lord of the Rings? Is that not considered a franchise? Come on now.

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