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"Dreamy Eyes" represents Vietnam films to participate in 93rd Oscar preliminary round

Valerie Mai Valerie Mai

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December 11, 2020 | 12:19

The movie named "Dreamy Eyes" by director Victor Vu was selected to attend the 93rd Academy Awards, which will be held in the following year.

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According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the movie named "Dreamy Eyes" (Mắt Biếc) is allowed to join the preliminary round of 93rd Academy Awards as long as its production units send the movie's English-subtitles and discs to the organizers before December 1. The production unit is in charge of all expenses related to sending movies to participate in the award, which will take place on January 25 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California (USA).

Released to the public from December 20, 2019, and classified as a movie for audiences of 16 and above, "Dreamy Eyes" has continuously achieved impressive milestones. The adaptation of Nguyen Nhat Anh's novel of the same name led the box office for 18 consecutive days, matching the record of the blockbuster "Avengers: End Game" when it was shown in Vietnam. "Dreamy Eyes" revenue reached more than 172 billion, ranking second in the list of most famous Vietnamese films.

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The two main characters in Dreamy Eyes. (Photo: VN Express)

The film recalls beautiful and familiar memories associated with Vietnamese people who live in the 1970s, recreates the rural atmosphere, the dreamy, romantic little towns of Vietnam... Before released to the screen, "Dream Eye" creates social network effects and sets up a series of records. Its teaser poster was shared by 80 Facebook fanpages and groups, attracting more than 20 million views on Facebook. The teaser trailer reached more than three million views on Youtube. The film consistently topped the search trends with more than 20,000 searches per day on Google Trending, and was also the first Vietnamese movie that had such many OST videos went to the Top trending on Youtube, namely "Có chàng trai viết lên cây" (A guy writing on the tree) ranked 5th and "Từ đó' (From then) ranked 2nd.

"Có chàng trai viết lên cây" is the movie's music video with the highest views on Youtube with more than 43 million views, and received two awards at the Làn Sóng Xanh Awards, including: "Best soundtrack" and "Top 10 most loved songs".

The film is also highly appreciated by professionals. In early January, the work was honored at the award ceremony held by the HCM City Film Association. "Dreamy Eyes" won the B prize in the category "Best Movie". The lead actor Tran Nghia won "Outstanding Movie Actor". Recently, he continued to be nominated for "Best Actor" of the Ngôi Sao Xanh award for the lead role in the film.

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Since 1927, nominees and winners are selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). 17 branches are represented within the near 10,000 person membership. The branches are actors, associates, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, film editors, makeup and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, members-at-large, members-at-large (artists’ representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound, visual effects and writer.

The 2021 Oscars ceremony had been due to take place on 28 February, but was pushed back by two months to give film-makers additional "flexibility". The eligibility window has been accordingly extended to the end of February, with nominations set to be announced on 15 March, BBC reported.

There is still no official statement on if the Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre or how it will navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it has inflicted on the Hollywood industry, as Variety informed.

Since the March lockdowns, the COVID-19 pandemic has crippled the film industry, with movie theaters still closed and production halted. In response, the Academy extended the eligibility timeline from Dec. 31 to Feb. 28, 2021, in addition to having films that premiere on streaming platforms qualify for submission.

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