In addition to being the highest-grossing film of the year, Top Gun: Maverick is also one of the highest rated and has been well received by critics and fans. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer hopes the Oscars will also recognize Top Gun: Maverickespecially the efforts of its main star, Tom Cruise.
Top Gun: Maverick Already generating Oscar buzz for its spectacular cinematography and thundering sound design, but judging by its box office performance, Paramount Pictures could also be pushing it for the Best Picture Oscar, as Disney did. last year for Spider-Man: No Coming Home, The highest-grossing movie of 2021. As for the lead actor’s nod to Tom Cruise, Bruckheimer thinks it’s long overdue, he said EO recently.
“Nobody cares anymore, nobody works harder than Tom. You look at his performance, it’s deceiving, because it’s so good, it’s so natural. It’s something the audience understands and perform, and we hope the Academy feels the same.”
Black Panther and Joker proved that popular films have a chance of breaking into the prestigious club of Oscar winners if they are made with skill, and Top Gun: Maverick could also repeat the feat. Nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, and Best Film Editing are all but guaranteed for Top Gun: Maverick. There’s a good chance the background music and cinematography will pick up nominations as well, but the Best Picture category might be tough to crack, although it’s not completely out of place.
However, a nod to Best Actor for Tom Cruise, as his Top Gun: Maverick performance is, seems like a stretch, especially with the likes of Austin Butler (Elvis)Hugh Jackman (The son), Brendan Fraser (The whale)and Adam Driver (white noise), competing alongside. In his nearly four-decade Hollywood career, Cruise has only been nominated for the Oscars three times, the last being 22 years ago for Paul Thomas Anderson. Magnolia.
It’s not that Cruise hasn’t taken on serious roles since then – he delivered some of his best performances in the early 2000s in The Last Samurai, Collateral, and vanilla sky – but the Academy just didn’t seem to recognize his work for some reason. Maybe it was the many controversies Cruise was embroiled in at the time or the fierce competition from other movies (the 2000s were a big decade for movies).
But things are very different today. Tom Cruise single-handedly saved the summer box office and received standing ovations at every film festival he’s attended recently, including Cannes. Whether Top Gun: Maverick continues his dream run, he just might end up sweeping the Oscars and even winning Cruise his first.
Tom Cruise played a huge role in making Top Gun: Maverick
One of the reasons why Top Gun: Maverick took so long to arrive is that Tom Cruise remained adamant about honoring Tony Scott and the spirit of Superior gun. Cruise refused to move forward until he had the right story and tools to create an unprecedented cinematic spectacle. And Cruise’s ambitions were matched by director Joseph Kosinski and the rest of the cast and crew of Top Gun: Maverickwho spared no effort to make the film.
But according to producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Cruise played a major role in the production. Being a registered pilot himself, he not only trained his co-stars but also crafted some of the stunning aerial sequences.
“Top Gun benefited from all of Tom’s learning and being with all of these wonderful actors, directors and writers. He helped us create this film. He designed the aerial sequences with [director] Joe Kosinsky, [co-writer Christopher McQuarrie], and the rest of our writers have worked so hard to make this movie the success it has become. All that energy that Tom puts into it… No one works harder.”
Top Gun: Maverick is currently playing in theaters and will debut on digital home video on August 23, 2023.