Over at Hollywood Elsewhere, Jeff Wells has posted a quote from someone he refers to as a “filmmaker friend” discussing Jon Lee Hancock‘s upcoming film, Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks as Walt Diseny and Emma Thompson as “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers. The film follows Disney’s attempts to buy the rights to “Poppins” over the course of 25 years. Wells’ “friend” says, “I’m told by Academy members who’ve seen Saving Mr. Banks that it’s going to remake the Oscar race with a deliberately timed late finish.”
I’m not exactly what the “late finish” part of that statement means considering the film will open the 2013 AFI Festival at the beginning of November, but I guess it’s in reference to its December 13 release date, but with the onslaught of films waiting until the end of December, I have to assume by that time most of them will have been seen by the majority of critics with screeners in the hands of Academy members as they head off to their Thanksgiving vacations.
Every time I post my predictions people seem to second guess my decision to continually leave this one high on the list, but it’s a perfect alternative to films such as 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle and it seems like exactly the kind of film the Academy has been awarding for so many years, despite the exceptions here and there. And if it’s executed on a top level, watch out.
Just below is a second new picture from the film featuring a first look at B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman as Robert and Richard Sherman who wrote the music and lyrics for Disney’s Mary Poppins and Bradley Whitford as Don DaGradi, one of two credited screenwriters on the film.