Gangsters! Tinted aviators! The morality of the underworld! Goatees! Slow-motion…well, slow-motion everything! That shot of Ray Liotta being shoved halfway through a window is enough for us to give the Killing Them Softly trailer an Academy Award nom all on its own. Given all the gritty, stylized violence and ruminating on America, surely it’s enough for Brad Pitt to finally get an Oscar. According to IMDB, Angie‘s husband plays Jackie Cogan, “professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game.” Awesome, where do we submit our Oscar ballots? Oh, we can’t? That’s not a thing? Ugh, we hate the Academy.
Okay, so Brad says the name of the movie in the trailer, which is….questionable. But hasn’t he done enough for us already in the past to finally get that statue? Think about it: Moneyball, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Burn After Reading, 12 Monkeys, Thelma and Louise. You name it; Pitt didn’t win an Oscar for it. He didn’t even get nominated for Tree of Life, and that was the most Oscar-y of all Oscar bait movies! At this point, we suspects Brad will have to play a hooker with a heart of gold or star in Rainman 2: Return to K-Mart to get an Oscar. But if not, please let us set side one this year for Brad. It’s time.