Following the release of the record-breaking biopic American Sniper, the film’s cast and crew have been lauded for creating a touching portrayal of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. As Western Journalism reported, a significant number of critics have trashed Kyle, his profession, and the movie; however, Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial project has also been mentioned among likely Oscar contenders after it was nominated in six categories last month.
A number of Hollywood sources recently shared their predictions for the film, noting one seemingly minor aspect makes a best picture win virtually unattainable. Far from the ostensibly controversial subject matter addressed in the movie, it was a prop used in filming that at least one insider believes will turn off judges.
Vanity Fair hosted a group of film experts this week, one of whom described the use of a doll instead of a real baby as an unpardonable sin in the pursuit of an Oscar for Best Picture. Eastwood previously addressed the issue, noting that two live babies were set to potentially portray Kyle’s child. When one of the young actors became ill and the other did not show up on the day of filming, the director opted to use the prop.
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Peter Hammond of Deadline offered his opinion that the decision will “singlehandedly be the reason” that American Sniper does not bring home the top award. His fellow panelists agreed the film would not be selected as the year’s best film, suggesting Boyhood and Birdman both have a good chance of winning.
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