Don’t count Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” out of the awards game just yet! While the lively buzz around his spring 2014 smash has moved onto other, newer films, Fox Searchlight is prepping a late-season comeback bound for Oscar nominations. The lavishly mounted period comedy remains the best limited opener of the year, to the tune of $172 million at the end of its long and healthy run.
BAFTA/LA, one of the town’s chief purveyors of Academy buzz, hosts a members-only (guild folks included) Q&A tonight, November 10, with star Ralph Fiennes following a screening of the warmly received movie, which so far has a Gotham nomination for Best Film under its belt. Last night, “Grand Budapest” played as well as it did in March for audience members at American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.
During his recent sojourn to Portugal for the Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival, Anderson revealed hopes to make an episodic stop-motion picture inspired by Vittorio De Sica’s “The Gold of Naples.” This would mark his second foray into animation, after his terrific 2009 Roald Dahl adaptation “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Anderson, a three-time Oscar nominee who’s flourishing as both European auteur and American indie hit-maker, also appears to be juggling a new collaboration with scribe Roman Coppola, who shared the one Oscar nomination for Anderson’s last, Cannes opener “Moonrise Kingdom.” On that film, Anderson was in Europe working on “Budapest” and didn’t participate in the awards circuit. This time, says Searchlight, he’s showing up.