A photo of Meg Ryan (via Entertainment Weekly)
About the Film
Role: Mrs. Macauley
U.S. Distributor: The Express
U.S. Release Date: Dec. 31, 2015
Why? Loving mother + World War II alert! Despite becoming one of America’s sweethearts during Julia Roberts’ ascendence and before Sandra Bullock’s rise, Ryan’s last (only?) Oscar vehicle was When a Man Loves a Woman (1994). Clarence Brown’s 1942 adaptation of the same source material – William Saroyan’s The Human Comedy – netted a writing Oscar and four additional nominations, including one for best picture. If nothing else, Tom Hanks’ acting and producing suggest that Ithaca could be a surprise hit. Ryan’s multitasking – acting and directing – helps; as far as I can tell, a nomination here will make her the first woman to direct herself to an acting nomination.
Why not? Will the critics be here for Ryan’s performance and/or the film itself? The aforementioned Bullock and Roberts won their Oscars for films that pulled in more than $100 million in the States; at this point, it’s tough to tell if Ithaca can do the same.
Ranking: No. 1 as of DATE
- Best Picture 2015: Ithaca
- Best Director 2015: Meg Ryan for Ithaca
- Best Supporting Actor 2015: Tom Hanks for Ithaca
- Best Supporting Actor 2015: Sam Shepard for Ithaca
- Best Adapted Screenplay 2015: Eric Jendresen for Ithaca