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by Nigel M Smith
July 1, 2014 4:14 PM
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Watch: Bill Murray Enters the Oscar Race With 'St. Vincent' Trailer

It's hard to believe, but Bill Murray has only been nominated for an Oscar once (for "Lost in Translation") and didn't win the time he was up for one. That could change this fall when The Weinstein Company opens their feel good drama "St. Vincent," which stars Murray in a role that's sure to draw a lot of awards buzz should the film be any good. The film opens in select theaters on October 24 and we have the first trailer.

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In Theodore Melfi's feature directorial debut, Murray stars as the titular Vincent, a drunken, gambling retiree who gets asked by his single-mom neighbor (Melissa McCarthy) to guard her 12-year-old son (newcomer Jaeden Lieberher). Over the course of their time together, the odd couple teach each other life lessons. Performances seem strong across the board, with Naomi Watts stealing scenes in rare comedic form as a pregnant stripper.

Watch the trailer below:


12 Comments

  • tom | July 2, 2014 5:03 PMReply

    Blah, cute kid redeems a curmudgeon. What an original premise.

  • Will | July 2, 2014 1:55 PMReply

    It's easy to love Bill Murray; he's a permanent part of Americana culture. However, as a lead actor in a serious role, he's only shone twice, in Groundhog Day and Lost In Translation...though his performance in "The Razor' Edge" was adequate in that horribly underrated gem of a film. I'm pulling for him, because he has turned down typical Bill Murray roles now many times in favor of films he considered worthwhile so he can actually act. Definitely looking forward to this. So many older actors that weren't that good when they were young have become incredible...but, as evidenced by Boston Legal, nobody wants to watch older people anymore...some people 40 and under 40 don't even know who Bill is.

    In my opinion, the work for which Murray was genuinely robbed of recognition was "Groundhog Day". While the majority of the film is a laugh riot, there are a couple of brief serious scenes where he displayed his range, evoking a choking sympathy.,.and it was Murray himself who made them work. I couldn't believe the Academy snubbed him when he showed such dramatic diversity in a film they evidently considered "throwaway."

    "Groundhog Day" will last on people's shelves long after many other Oscar -recognized films and actors have come and gone. It is truly a shame that Harold Ramos never got his due before his death as well.

  • Kevin Haltom | July 3, 2014 9:20 PM

    Groundhog Day? Not that significant of a movie. Have you somehow forgotten his role in "Ghostbusters" or in "Stripes"???? And those people 40 and younger who somehow don't know "who" he is are probably the same kind of people on Facebook or on their cell phones......living in their obsessed socialized world.

  • Warren | July 3, 2014 4:58 AM

    Very true re: Ramis. Groundhog Day stands up as his best performance. Oscar has only rewarded the 40s/50s comedies but overlooked them since; think this is changing slightly but Murray was masterful in that film and I don't think anyone else could have matched his sarcastic wit. He's at least retaining some integrity as a maturing actor unlike many, let's hope he doesn't capitulate to the Ghostbusters 3 pressure though...ughh!

  • Billy Madden | July 2, 2014 4:24 AMReply

    I got to see this movie at a screening a few months ago... The movie is great and Murray truly has a GREAT shot at the Oscar... If he doesn't win, he will be robbed.

  • YOYOMA | July 1, 2014 11:53 PMReply

    I liked this better the first time when it was Rushmore. Wes Anderson lite.

  • Jen | July 1, 2014 6:18 PMReply

    What 67 year old man doesn't know what the word WITHDRAWN means. C'mon. And are we in 1963, if you're in dire straits today and middle-class, your house is threatened to get foreclosed on and you have mega credit card debt. You're gonna have $110 in the bank and you're def going to know the English language.

  • Vincent | July 2, 2014 10:46 AM

    Who pissed in your Cheerios?

  • Tammy | July 1, 2014 8:27 PM

    Sorry, but you don't know genius when you see it. Bill Murray rocks!

  • JohnnyC | July 1, 2014 5:55 PMReply

    Bill Murray transcends the Oscars

  • Hawkeye | July 1, 2014 5:13 PMReply

    What a minute.... does this mean... no, it couldn't be... Melissa McCarthy might be in a good movie for once?

    And yes, Murray was flat-out robbed for Lost in Translation. No question about it.

  • fredrique | July 1, 2014 5:04 PMReply

    bill shoulda won for lost in translation.
    he is way overdue for some oscar love.