Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Coen Bros. Surprise Movie “Ballad of Buster Scruggs” Coming from Netflix, Oscar Consideration


The Coen Brothers are back.

Their multi part film, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” is going to the Venice Film Festival. And from there maybe the New York Film Festival and so on for Oscar consideration.

The omnibus western– six stories– stars Tim Blake Nelson, a lot of people we’ve never heard of, a couple we have like Tyne Daly and James Franco. It was supposed to be a series on Netflix, but now it’s a movie– a long one– evidently narrated by the Coens.

“Buster Scruggs” is one of four or five films Netflix is taking to Venice and other festivals with an eye on the Oscars. Will it work out? We’ll see. Amazon tried this last year and failed.

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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