A week before the 94th Academy Awards, only one film – a remake of the French film The Aries Family – quickly becomes the dark horse to win the Best Picture Oscar.
Vs nine other films, CODAan acronym for Child of Deaf Adults, is an emotionally uplifting coming-of-age story of a teenage girl who is the only hearing member of her family.
Many critics tip it to beat the psychological western The power of the dog at the first price.
And if so, it would only be the second foreign film remake to win an Oscar.
The first one?
Martin Scorsese’s Gangster Movie The dead (USA, 2006), a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs.
So why is the film generating so much buzz?
Tomris Laffly, writing on the American film review site Rogerebert.com, partly explains why.
Laffly writes: “By twisting the formula and placing this recognizable story in a new, perhaps even revolutionary setting, with such a loving and intensely observed specificity, [writer and director Sian Heder] achieves nothing less than a comforting miracle with his film”.
There’s also the “rare, inherent kind of authenticity” that comes from casting real-life deaf actors, including Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin (Children of a lesser God), award-winning scene-stealer Troy Kotsur, and Daniel Durant.
And the touching audition of main character Ruby (Emilia Jones), in which she sings Joni Mitchell’s 1966 hit Both sides nowand signing in front of his deaf family, only strengthens the film’s case for Best Picture.
CODA would break the 87-year-old Oscars curse if it won Best Picture
According to Hollywood Awards Predictor Website gold derbies, the original apple movie CODA would break an 87-year-old Oscars curse if he wins.
“Every Best Picture winner since the film editing category was created in 1934 has been nominated for either directing or editing (often both)”, gold derbies Explain.
Corn CODA has no nominations in any category.
“That means CODA would break an 87-year-old Oscar curse if she wins on March 27.
In the 94-year history of the Oscars, GD noted that only the 1932 film big hotel plus four more – Wing (1927-28), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Argo (2012) and green paper (2018) – “managed to win Best Picture Statue without a corresponding Best Director nomination”.
In place, CODA has additional nominations for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) and Best Supporting Actor (Kotsur).
Here are some classic foreign movie remakes
real lies (The total !France)
Who knew? Starring Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton and Art Malik, and written and directed by James Cameron (Titanic), true lies was inspired by The total !a French comedy about a husband hiding his identity as a secret agent and a wife who is caught in the crossfire when he suspects she is cheating on him.
The dead (Inwild businessHong Kong)
With a royal Hollywood cast and Scorsese at the helm, The dead made history with the help of Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson and Alec Baldwin.
Scorsese won Best Picture and Best Director for his remake of the acclaimed Hong Kong thriller Hellish Affairswhich also won Best Film at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2002.
Some like it hot (fanfare of loveFrance)
Billy Wilder wrote and directed the classic 1959 comedy and had no doubts about who should get the top rating.
Some say Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon gave their career performances in this comedy about musicians who turn to hide after witnessing a crime.
It was inspired by the 1935 film Fanfare of love.
Entertainment news site Collider wrote: “Wilder takes that crackling premise and works with it, resulting in a set of crackerjack narrative journeys that feel both contemporary American in their ‘edgy 1959’ criminal exploits and salty gags.”
Without sleep (Sleepless nightFrance)
Without sleepstarring Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan and Dermot Mulroney, was adapted from the 2011 French film Sleepless night.
Collider believes that the original was “grittier” and its fight scenes more realistic, while the 2017 remake was much more “stylized”.
The bird cage (La Cage aux FollesFrance/Italy)
With all due respect to the French-Italian version of the 1970s, the 1996 remake starring the late Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest was remarkable.
As Collider rating: “An absolute delight, a delicious champagne cocktail with powerful comedic performances from its lead roles”.
Based on the Norwegian thriller of the same name, the 2002 remake directed by Christopher Nolan (The black Knight, Interstellar) had two of the best stars in the business, Robin Williams and Al Pacino.
Let me enter (Leave the one on the right inSweden)
Matt Reeves is the director of the day right now (The Batman). In 2010, he cleverly reworked this creepy Swedish vampire film just two years after its release.
He chose Kodi Smit-McPhee (The power of the dog, Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick ass) and Elias Koteas (shutter island, Zodiac).