Shia Labeouf’s ‘Honey Boy’ Adds Unusual Twist to Oscar’s History With Kids

  • Variety
Shia Labeouf’s ‘Honey Boy’ Adds Unusual Twist to Oscar’s History With Kids
Hollywood has made many terrific films about childhood, and many about filmmaking. Amazon’s “Honey Boy,” which opened Nov. 8, combines the two: A movie with a child’s Pov of the industry. That unique angle could be a real benefit during awards season, and the film’s backstory — with Shia Labeouf as the main attraction — will prove both its greatest asset and its challenge in an awards push.

Oscar voters in recent years have been enthusiastic about Hollywood-focused stories. For some reason, Academy voters for many decades gave the best-picture prize to films about people in theater, in music (“Amadeus”) and even in the circus (“The Greatest Show on Earth”). But films about moviemaking were generally also-rans: “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Stunt Man,” “The Player,” “Barton Fink” and “Mulholland Drive” earned a few Oscar bids, but none was nominated as best picture.

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