‘Amelia’ – Oscar 2010 Frontrunner?

Amelia is a Fox Searchlight biographical film on the life of the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earheart (portrayed by 2-time Oscar-winning Hilary Swank).

Supporting Swank in the movie are Richard Gere, Christopher Eccleston and Ewan McGregor, under the direction of Oscar nominee Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay!). The story is written by Oscar winner Ron Bass (Rainman). It’s production cost was P40 million but its US box office gross to date was only around P10 million, a flop if you must.

A number of Oscar winning films in history are not money makers that’s why the producer of Amelia are hoping that the film will deliver golden trophies next year. However, the Oscar buzz that Amelia is a frontrunner did not take off as critics find it dull and boring. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 17% “rotten” rating, a far cry compared to the indie horror movie Paranormal Activity which received a whopping 85%.

Did the Oscar hopes for Amelia and the prospect of 3rd Oscar Best Actress trophy for Hilary Swank already crashed? We will see.

Here’s the synopsis Amelia:

Visionary. Lover. Dreamer. Fighter. Legend. Icon. AMELIA.

An extraordinary life of adventure, celebrity and continuing mystery comes to light in AMELIA, a vast, thrilling account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart (two time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank).

After becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia was thrust into a new role as America’s sweetheart – the legendary “goddess of light,” known for her bold, larger-than-life charisma. Yet, even with her global fame solidified, her belief in flirting with danger and standing up as her own, outspoken woman never changed. She was an inspiration to people everywhere, from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (Cherry Jones) to the men closest to her heart: her husband, promoter and publishing magnate George P. Putnam (Golden Globe® winner Richard Gere), and her long time friend and lover, pilot Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor). In the summer of 1937, Amelia set off on her most daunting mission yet: a solo flight around the world that she and George both anxiously foresaw as destined, whatever the outcome, to become one of the most talked-about journeys in history.

VIDEO LINK: Amelia – HD Trailer

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