Sunday, July 21, 2024

Oscars: Michael Keaton McDonald’s Movie “The Founder” Getting Surprise Qualifying Run Starting Tomorrow


The Weinstein Company has an Oscar surprise for us: “The Founder” is getting an Oscar qualifying run for a week starting tomorrow in Los Angeles.

Michael Keaton stars as Ray Kroc, the man who stole the hamburger company from the McDonald’s brothers and turned it into an empire. Keaton has had such a glowing response from advance screenings and screeners, I guess Harvey W. figured let’s go for it. Keaton is indeed superb playing a dislikeable character whom many may see Trump like qualities in.

In fact, “The Founder” is not to be dismissed as only a Keaton thing for the Oscars. The movie is very entertaining. Considering McDonald’s is such a huge part of public life, it’s really interesting to see how it all started. I know McDonald’s won’t appreciate all the attention, but John Lee Hancock has got a potential hit here.

Keaton is a likely contender for Best Actor. He’s lost once — for “Birdman” and was overlooked for “Spotlight.” If Denzel Washington, Ryan Gosling and Casey Affleck are definites, Keaton could be in the fourth or fifth slot.

If you’re in LA and don’t have a screener, go see this film.

PS Add “Lion” into the mix, already on the way to Oscar nods galore, and TWC may have two contenders in the race this year.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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