Magazine article Variety

Snub Leaves Pic 'Unbroken'

Magazine article Variety

Snub Leaves Pic 'Unbroken'

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Many may assume the Dec. 10 announcement that Angelina Jolie's WWII pic "Unbroken" had been shut out of the Golden Globes was the nail in the coffin for the film's Oscar prospects. Actually, it might be a blessing in disguise.

Based on a best-seller, the film has an all-star pedigree with Jolie directing, a script by the Coen brothers, and cinematography by Roger Deakins. The true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who survived 47 days at sea and more than two years in a Japanese prison camp, the picture was considered an awards frontrunner, sight unseen. When it was finally unveiled, reception was mixed. Critics were mostly admiring but lukewarm, with auds at screenings more embracing.

"Unbroken" was expected to do well with the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn, because the org's members are seen as being celebrity-centric. They still haven't lived down 2010, when they nominated Jolie and Johnny Depp for the roundly panned "The Tourist" - in the comedy/ musical category, no less. In fact, it might have been a rebound effect that caused "Unbroken" to be snubbed. …

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