Blue Jasmine: Another Best Picture Candidate for Woody Allen

Blue Jasmine, recently released, is the annual film written and directed by Woody Allen. Sony Pictures Classics distributed what I would classify as a comedy-drama. Or comic drama. One of the two.

The film, which runs 98 minutes, stars Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Also in the cast are Tammy Blanchard, Max Casella, and Alden Ehrenreich.

Blanchett stars as elegant New York socialite Jasmine, who moves cross country to live with her sister Ginger (Hawkins) in San Francisco and get her life back together. The film is shown with flashbacks from her marriage to Hal (Badlwin), a wealthy businessman.

Jasmine is not approving of Ginger’s boyfriend, Chili, played by Cannavale. He’s a far cry from her ex-husband Augie, played by comedian Andrew Dice Clay.

In getting her life back together, Jasmine gets a job at a dentist’s office and enrolls in a computer class. She gets invited to a party and meets Dwight Westlake, an aspiring politician. Typical of any movie, the relationship goes well for so long.

Tonally, the Allen film felt nothing like his 2011 hit, Midnight in Paris, but more than made up for To Rome With Love. Blue Jasmine offers the vibe that was given off by the Allen films when the writer-director was at his peak.

It’s a good bet that Blanchett will be a nominee for best actress. The actress will likely be going against Sandra Bullock (Gravity) and Julia Roberts (August: Osage County). Brie Larson might be in the running for Short Term 12 but Cate, Sandra, and Julia are the three biggest names in contention for Best Actress right now.

It’s likely that Woody gets nominated for original screenplay, too.

Tags: Alec Baldwin Andrew Dice Clay Blue Jasmine Bobby Cannavale Cate Blanchett Entertainment Louis C.K. Michael Stuhlbarg Movies Peter Sarsgaard Sally Hawkins Woody Allen

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