Emma Stone Re-Enters The Oscar Court With “Battle Of The Sexes”
Fresh off her Best Actress Oscar win for La La Land, Emma Stone looks like she could complete a victory lap in the upcoming Oscar race with the biopic Battle Of The Sexes opposite Steve Carell from Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the directors of the Oscar winning Little Miss Sunshine.
The film depicts the most watched tennis match in history back in 1973 between Billie Jean King (Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Carell) and it depicts the road leading up to it.
Because the film is based on a true story, it already checks off an important Oscar box since voters are suckers for actors playing real life people so Stone and likely Carell have that in their favor with Stone undergoing a makeup transformation to play Billie Jean King. They also bring key pedigree thanks to Stone’s Oscar win and Carell being a nominee himself in Best Actor for Foxcatcher.
Stone will clearly be pushed in Lead and maybe Carell will as well unless the field gets too competitive and it might look that way with names like Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour, Daniel Day-Lewis in the untitled Paul Thomas Anderson film, Benedict Cumberbatch in The Current War, and Chadwick Boseman in Marshall in the mix. Although Supporting Actor could be a bloodbath as well with names like Woody Harrelson, Michael Shannon, Ben Mendelsohn, Michael Stuhlbarg, Oscar Isaac, and Jason Mitchell vying for the five coveted slots.
However, the film’s September 22nd release may result in caution since awards films that come out at that time like Sully and Black Mass can see their buzz peak a bit too soon. Although because it’s coming out at the end of September, it could aim for both a Toronto and Telluride Film Festival premiere. Both are where potential Oscar players see their buzz skyrocket once they are seen. Take for example, Room which screened at Telluride and won the People’s Choice Award at Toronto and then made its way to four Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Plus, the film’s seemingly light tone could make it a crowd pleaser with wide appeal.
What do you guys think? Do you see this as a potential Oscar player and how do you think it looks as a film in general? Please be sure to write comments to share your thoughts. Thanks for reading!