Oscar Contender ‘Unbroken’ Unveiled to Audiences At Last

December 1, 2014 12:04 AM

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For awards watchers, there was one last film that remained to be seen—until Sunday, when Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” played for audiences in Los Angeles and New York. Though the film had premieres in Australia and London, reviews are under embargo until Monday. But judging by the guild screenings in L.A., Universal Pictures has a heavy hitter on their hands. The film is a surefire best picture nominee, with Jolie likely to break into the director race. Acting categories might be harder to crack with such stiff competition, but star Jack O’Connell could make his way into the best actor race, and supporting actor Miyavi also has a fair shot for playing the main villain.

The film first screened in the morning for the SAG Nominating Committee, ending to rapturous applause. SAG is generally a warm audience and the star presence of Jolie certainly helped the excitement. But a standing ovation was given not only for Jolie but star O’Connell, who was clearly caught off g...

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