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Comic-Con goes mad for Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland,' but will Oscar?

July 24, 2009 |  1:42 pm

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Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have been whipping up lots of early excitement at Comic-Con for "Alice in Wonderland," but we wonder: how will it do at the Oscars?

Forget the Comic-Con hoopla for a sec. Get back to Oscar reality. Even though the Academy Awards are expanding the list of best-picture contenders to 10 next year, "Alice in Wonderland" has a triple curse: it's a fantasy film (strike one), based upon a children's story (strike two) directed by Tim Burton (strike three). Make that four curses. It's slotted for release at a most Oscar-unfriendly time: March 2010.

Burton has never been nominated for best director and none of his movies has even been up for best picture, not even "Sweeney Todd," which won best picture and actor (Depp) at the Golden Globes and was hailed by the New York Times as "something close to a masterpiece." Granted, Depp did reap a best-actor bid from academy voters for "Sweeney," but the only other major Oscar recognition earned by Burton flicks were nominations for best animated film for "The Corpse Bride" and a win in the supporting-actor slot for Martin Landau ("Ed Wood"). Other Oscar bids and occasional wins (best makeup, "Ed Wood") were in the tech categories.

Photos: Walt Disney Pictures

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I'm sure will see nominations in the costume, makeup and art direction categories.. but, I'm not holding my breath for nominations in "the big ones"...ALTHOUGH, this may be Helena Bonham Carters year for a nomination in the supporting catergory. Will someone please give this woman and OSCAR!!

Ohhh I'm sorry. I didn't realize the talent and quality of a director was the amount of Oscars he's won. This whole time I thought it was about skill, artistry, and connecting with your audience. Silly me!

Even if Tim Burton DOESN'T win an Oscar, he's still going to go down in history as one of the best and most original filmmakers to ever exist.

This movie looks to be one of the best next year..

Burton + Oscar will happen eventually. Obviously we'll have to wait to see if this movie is actually good, but I loved Alice in Wonderland growing up and Burton never disappoints.

And people can harp and harp and harp about how tired they are of Burton/Depp/Carter, but as long as they keep making top-notch movies, why fix something that ain't broke?

The day Tim Burton starts winning Oscars will be a sad day indeed. Same goes for Gilliam, Cronenberg etc.

I remeber last year, I thought Sweeney will do really good at the Oscars but finally "only" got 3 nominations. After this disappointment I´ll try it with low expectation.

But "Alice" is a little bit brighter and maybe Burtons Oscar-breakthrough...!?

Yes! Johnny Depp in yet another Tim Burton film. I would be so tired of that collab team if they didn't work together so friggin' well. Expect costumes and visual nom's perhaps... maybe even a Depp nod? Please please! What's a guy gotta do to get an Oscar around this place?

Oscar condtender? Maybe not. But Burton's take on the classics is masterful! Fan supported? Enormously! Comic Con is a great test the waters arena. And speaking of Alice in Wonderland... I heard a buzz that the Looking Glass Wars might be turned into a film series in the vein of Lord of the RIngs. It looks to me like Oscar or not, Alice or Alyss and her fantastical adventures are back--to the joy of all her fans!


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