Oscar: Support Growing For ‘American Sniper’ To Win Best Picture

Posted by: : Paul EbelingPosted on: February 18, 2015 Oscar: Support Growing For 'American Sniper' To Win Best Picture

Oscar: Support Growing For ‘American Sniper’ To Win Best Picture

There is growing support for the  Clint Eastwood film “American Sniper” to win the Academy Award for the Best Picture.

The movie depicts the life of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, who served 4 tours in Iraq before he was shot and killed in Y 2013. NAVY Chief Kyle is the most lethal sniper in US military history, with 160 confirmed kills and 255 claimed kills.

The Academy Awards, aka Oscars, are scheduled for Sunday night at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. “American Sniper,” based on a book with the same name, is nominated for 6 awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role. Bradley Cooper played Mr. Kyle in the film.

The Clint Eastwood-directed film has taken in nearly $400-M at the worldwide oox office since it was released on 25 December 2014.

“Bradley Cooper put on 40 lbs of muscle, and developed a convincing Texas twang to embody the late Chris Kyle, delivered a performance that is no less impressive a feat than that of ‘The Theory of Everything’s’ Eddie Redmayne, who seems to waste away before our eyes,” film critic Michael O’Sullivan wrote.

“But ‘American Sniper’ impresses for reasons beyond Mr. Cooper’s physical metamorphosis, and plausible handling of high-powered rifles. In this tale of a professional death-dealer, director Clint Eastwood and screenwriter Jason Hall manage the neat trick of making a movie that honors Mr. Kyle’s work safeguarding American fighters while acknowledging its aftereffects, or at least those on the monosyllabic mountain of a man behind the trigger.”

The Guardian published a review Wednesday that argues for the film to win the Oscar.

“Politically, historically even, ‘American Sniper’ is contentious,” says the Guardian reviewer. “But as a piece of art, it’s a death study of a contemporary situation of personality that we might otherwise choose not to consider. And that is a perfectly valid justification for giving it the Best Picture Oscar in 2015.”

The results of a poll, meanwhile, show Americans are pulling for “American Sniper” to take home the Oscars’ top prize. 38% of those surveyed voted for the movie, topping the 2nd choice of “Selma” by 24%.

“Helped by 6 Oscar nominations, including 1 for best picture, savvy marketing and even some controversy, ‘American Sniper’ has become an unexpected hit for Warner Bros.a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX),” the Los Angeles Times wrote.

“American Sniper” has been considered controversial on many fronts, including the argument that it portrays only 1 side of the Iraq War. Other critics question how accurate the film is in portraying Mr. Kyle’s life.

Anti-war activists like Michael Moore blasted the film and used it to promote their agendas.

Those criticisms aside, acclaim for Mr. Coopers’ role as NAVY Chief Kyle seems to be mostly positive.

He transformed his body into one that looked like Mr. Kyle’s by packing on 40 lbs of muscle in 10 wks. He upped his weight to around 225 lbs through a strength training regimen and by consuming more than 5,000 calories a day.

“I don’t think I’ll realize it fully until maybe later in my life. It was life changing. Completely,” Mr. Cooper said earlier this month.

Stay tuned…


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Paul Ebeling

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Paul Ebeling is best known for his work as writer and publisher of “The Red Roadmaster’s Technical Report” on the US Major Market Indices™, a highly-regarded, weekly financial market letter, where he enjoys an international audience among opinion makers, business leaders, and respected organizations. Something of a pioneer in online stock market and commodities discussion and analysis, Ebeling has been online since 1994. He has studied and worked in the global financial and stock markets since 1984.

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