The list of the films that will be premièred at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 has been revealed and it is an interesting list as it is the first major precursor for the 2016 Awards Season. Last year, we saw no Cannes films make the Best Picture shortlist, but did see Oscar-nominated films like Foxcatcher, Mr. Turner and How To Train Your Dragon 2 make their debut. For the full list: http://www.indiewire.com/article/2015-cannes-film-festival-reveals-its-complete-lineup-live-20150416
1. The Sea of Trees: This is the film that could see director Gus Van Sant score his first Oscar, after previous nods for Good Will Hunting and Milk. Van Sant directs Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and Oscar nominees Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts in a film that is already picking up some buzz. The reviews shall be interesting, but it could give Van Sant the credit he deserves and, with The Sea of Trees selected in competition, it could lead Van Sant to his second Palme D’Or win, 12 years after winning with Elephant.
2. Carol: A film that has had massive buzz for well over a year is Todd Haynes’ Carol, which was pushed back to this year after early on pulling out of last year’s race. Haynes, Oscar nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Far From Heaven, directs 2-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett alongside Oscar nominee Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson and Kyle Chandler in a film set in 1950’s New York. Haynes will be hoping for more Oscar success than his previous films with Carol, and if it gets good reviews out of Cannes, it has a real chance.
3. Irrational Man: After a setback in the shape of Magic in the Moonlight, Woody Allen is back with Irrational Man, for which he hopes to emulate the success of his recent work in Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine, for which he won 1 Oscar out of 3 nominations, rather than the less successful To Rome With Love and the aforementioned Magic in the Moonlight. Here he directs 3-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix, recently snubbed in successive years for more comedic turns in Her and Inherent Vice, and Emma Stone, who last year scored her first nod for Best Picture winner Birdman. Here’s hoping it gets good reviews, but it is playing out of competition.
4. Macbeth: One of Michael Fassbender’s 3 major films coming out this year, Macbeth has the potential to be one of the better Shakespeare adaptations, and if it is it could do well at the Oscars. With Steve Jobs coming out in October, Fassbender’s chances of getting nominated for Macbeth is limited, but there is still a chance for Marion Cotillard to get noticed in the Best Actress category. The winner for 2007’s La Vie en Rose, Cotillard received a shock nomination last year for Two Days, One Night and if she delivers a terrific performance here, she could be looking at a third nomination.
5. Inside Out: Last but not least is Inside Out, Pixar’s first film since the Oscar snubbed Monsters University which was released in Summer 2013. Looking at the film’s trailers and first clip released this morning, it is already looking like a sure thing for a Best Animated Feature nomination. Could it sneak into the Best Picture category like Up and Toy Story 3? It depends on the success of The Good Dinosaur, the second Pixar film of the year, which is released in November. Inside Out is premièring out of competition, much like the Oscar-nominated How to Train Your Dragon 2 did last year.