Oscar Predictions: Cha Cha Real Smooth

Cha Cha Real Smooth comes from writer/director Cooper Raiff and its Sundance premiere is garnering solid buzz (86% on Rotten Tomatoes so far). The filmmaker himself stars as a bar mitzvah party starter who befriends a single mom (Dakota Johnson). Leslie Mann and Brad Garrett costar.

Many reviews indicate this could be a breakout crowdpleaser. Whether that word-of-mouth means anything to awards voters is questionable. However it’s worth mentioning that Johnson is receiving some career best talk. Ever since (or in spite of) her breakout role in Fifty Shades of Grey, the actress is slowly becoming a bit of a critical darling. Her recent supporting turn in The Lost Daughter was well received and she’s got another lead part in another fest offering Am I Ok? (which I’ll get to on the blog shortly).

I doubt Cha Cha is the role that nabs Johnson her first Academy mention, but it’s worth keeping an eye on. My Oscar Prediction posts will continue…

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