×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Black Mass’ Continues Its Awards Buzz at Telluride

Warner Bros.’ “Black Mass” is the real deal. The Scott Cooper-directed film got a big thumbs-up in its North American bow Saturday at Telluride, following its Venice world premiere the night before. Audiences on both continents seem to agree that the film merits awards consideration across the board; it’s likely to get more huzzahs as more people see it. With six months to go before the Oscars, the studio’s biggest challenge will be to manage expectations.

Variety has run a rave review by Scott Foundas, and a positive awards prediction from Guy Lodge. There will be plenty more to discuss about the film before the awards season concludes, but suffice it to say, both Foundas and Lodge were right.

It’s been a good week for Oscar’s best-actor contenders. Variety‘s Lodge also touted the virtues of Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl,” while Kristopher Tapley declared Michael Fassbender the front-runner for “Steve Jobs.” The five slots are filling up fast, with those two plus Depp, as well as Ian McKellen in the current “Mr. Holmes” and a long list of strong actors in as-yet-unseen films.

Depp is pretty spectacular in “Black Mass,” and he will likely be the chief talking point for the next few weeks as the film opens domestically Sept. 18. But he’s hardly the whole show. The film should do very well in awards season. But the bigger takeaway from Telluride and Venice is that it’s shaping up to be a really interesting awards year — and we’re barely into September.

More Film

  • Hugh Jackman Sings Happy Birthday to

    Hugh Jackman Leads Massive One-Man Show Crowd in 'Happy Birthday' for Ian McKellen

    Hugh Jackman may have had to skip Ian McKellen’s birthday party to perform his one-man show, “The Man, The Music, The Show,” but that didn’t mean he couldn’t celebrate his “X-Men” co-star’s 80th. Jackman took a moment at the Manchester Arena Saturday to lead the sold-out audience — some 50,000 strong — in a rendition [...]

  • Netflix, Shmetflix: At Cannes 2019, the

    Netflix, Shmetflix: At Cannes 2019, the Movies Needed Every Inch of the Big Screen

    In the May 24 edition of The New York Times, there was a column by Timothy Egan, entitled “The Comeback of the Century: Why the Book Endures, Even in an Era of Disposable Digital Culture,” that celebrated those things that come between two hard covers as a larger phenomenon than mere nostalgia. The column keyed [...]

  • Aladdin

    'Aladdin' Dominates International Box Office With $121 Million

    Disney’s “Aladdin” is showing plenty of worldwide drawing power with $121 million overseas for the weekend, opening in first place in nearly all international markets. The reboot of the 1992 animated classic has received strong family attendance with a significant gain on Saturday and Sunday. China leads the way with an estimated $18.7 million for [...]

  • Aladdin

    Box Office: 'Aladdin' Taking Flight With $105 Million in North America

    Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” is flying high with an estimated $105 million in North America during the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend. It’s the sixth-highest Memorial Day weekend total ever, topping the 2011 mark of $103.4 million for “The Hangover Part II.” The top total came in 2007, when “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” [...]

  • Agustina San Martin Talks Cannes Special

    Agustina San Martin Talks Cannes Special Mention Winner ‘Monster God’

    CANNES – An exploration of the ramifications of God, “Monster God,” from Argentina’s Agustina San Martín, took a Special Mention – an effective runner’s up prize – on Saturday night at this year’s Cannes Film Festival short film competition. It’s not difficult to see why, especially when jury president Claire Denis own films’ power resists [...]

  • Atlantics

    Netflix Snags Worldwide Rights to Cannes Winners 'Atlantics,' 'I Lost My Body'

    Mati Diop’s feature directorial debut “Atlantics” and Jérémy Clapin’s animated favorite “I Lost My Body” have both been acquired by Netflix following wins at Cannes Film Festival. “Atlantics” was awarded the grand prix while “I Lost My Body” was voted the best film at the independent International Critics Week. The deals are for worldwide rights [...]

  • Stan Lee, left, and Keya Morgan

    Stan Lee's Former Business Manager Arrested on Elder Abuse Charges

    Stan Lee’s former business manager, Keya Morgan, was arrested in Arizona Saturday morning on an outstanding warrant from the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD’s Mike Lopez confirmed that the arrest warrant was for the following charges: one count of false imprisonment – elder adult; three counts of grand theft from elder or dependent adult, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content