Would ‘Demolition’ Have Survived the Oscar Season?


When Fox Searchlight announced the company’s fall 2015 release slate in July, it included a bump to April 2016 for Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Demolition.” Many assumed it was a sign of weakness where awards potential was concerned (failing, of course, to note the reigning best picture king’s success with March release “The Grand Budapest Hotel” last year). But one still wonders how the film might have played in the season had it stayed the course.

Not long after the release date news came the announcement that “Demolition” would open the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and that raised a few eyebrows. It’s unique to grab that slot and then beg off for the next year on release, but the Canadian Vallée really wanted to play to his people north of the border, as he has with “C.R.A.Z.Y.,” “The Young Victoria,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Wild.”

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