And the 2016 Academy Award for Best Picture goes to…
Forget high hopes; prolific action star, new father, and possible soothsayer Vin Diesel has some astronomical expectations when it comes to the release of the latest installment of the Fast & Furious franchise.
“Universal is going to have the biggest movie in history with this movie,” Diesel predicted in an interview with Variety. “It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.”
Shots fired! Does this mean Furious 8 will focus on Dominic Toretto and his gang of renegade outcasts squaring off against the board members of the Academy Awards?
Probably not. But nevertheless Diesel’s supreme confidence in the forthcoming action film didn’t waver.
“This will win best picture,” Diesel continued. “There is nothing that will ever come close to the power of this thing.”
The actor’s conviction isn’t completely unfounded. The first six films have combined to make Fast and Furious the most successful franchise in the history of Universal Pictures. Despite the overwhelming financial success, however, the previous installments have failed to garner a single Academy Award nomination.
Could Furious 7 be different? Diesel was quoted as saying he’s “very pleased with the movie,” which features the last appearance of actor Paul Walker, who passed away in November of 2013 after a car accident.
“We were successful in one-upping the action sequences, and adding an interesting dynamic to the world,” Diesel said. “But what the world won’t anticipate is how emotionally powerful the movie is.”
The potential Oscar winning film cruises into a theater near you April 3.