SideNote: “Southpaw’s” Oscar Credibility

SideNote: “Southpaw’s” Oscar credibility

When photos emerged of Jake Gyllenhaal’s new physique, many people saw “Southpaw” as a serious Oscar contender… at least for Gyllenhaal.

It had The Weinstein Company behind it and an award season December release date. Well that release date was pushed up to July 31, 2015 and people became skeptical.

Now we have a trailer, and the film looks both intense and emotional. Jake Gyllenhaal looks excellent here, continuing to drive performances outside his own comfort zone.

However, it doesn’t look like an Oscar movie. If reviews are strong Gyllenhaal may still be a factor by year’s end. And with a weak lead actor field, The Weinstein Company could campaign him into the 4th or 5th slot of the category.

But it’s not going to be a weak year with Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), Ben Foster (Icon) and Jake Gyllenhaal’s next performance in Jean Marc Vallée’s Demolition, it is likely that Southpaw will be forgotten with the other summer dramas, but still remain a strong bullet point on Gyllenhaal’s resume.

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