Oscar Predictions: The Pale Blue Eye

Scott Cooper’s The Pale Blue Eye opens in select theaters this weekend prior to its January 6th Netflix bow. Set in 1830, the mystery casts Christian Bale as a detective working alongside Harry Melling’s Edgar Allan Poe. The supporting cast includes Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Timothy Spall, and Robert Duvall.

Marking the third collaboration between Cooper and Bale after Out of the Furnace and Hostiles, this is being greeted with decidedly mixed notices. The Rotten Tomatoes score is currently 57% with some writers praising the production value while criticizing the gloomy vibe.

Netflix clearly had no real plans to mount an awards campaign for this. They probably could’ve tried for Production and/or Costume Design. It showed up nowhere in the Globe or Critics Choice mentions. The Academy is highly likely to follow suit. My Oscar Prediction posts will continue…

2 thoughts on “Oscar Predictions: The Pale Blue Eye”

  1. No movie in 10 years has screamed Oscar winner like “The Pale Blue Eye”. Christian Bale’s character deserves an Oscar, Harry Melling’s depiction of Edgar Allen Poe deserves an Oscar more than any I have ever seen. If they pass this writer up and the all star cast, along with Christian Bale and Harry Melling- I will never have any respect for the Oscars validity again.

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