Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The Empire Strikes Back: Paramount Re-releasing “Top Gun Maverick” in 2 Week Awards Bid


Paramount really wants “Top Gun Maverick” to get a Best Picture nomination.

Call this “The Empire Strikes Back.” The Empire is of course Big Hollywood, which gets shunned by awards groups traditionally.

But “Top Gun Maverick” has made $1.4 billion around the world, half in the US. Audiences love it. The flying — all real — is out of this world. Jennifer Connelly, a past Oscar winner, grounds the whole film. Miles Teller and Glen Powell lead a group of pilots who are all charismatic. And then there’s Tom Cruise, who will probably get to announce Best Something at this year’s ceremony.

And the ceremony needs “Top Gun” for ratings. No one can object to that idea. The nine other movies are small potatoes at the box office. They might be “The Fabelmans,” “Tar,” “Till,” “Elvis,” “Pinocchio,” “Banshees of Inisherin,” “Empire of Light,” “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” “The Whale.” They will need “Maverick” to give the proceedings a big push.

“Top Gun” will run again in theaters from this Friday through December 15th. Check your local listings. PS I saw it again on a big screen a couple of weeks ago, and truly, it’s exhilarating.

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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