Gold Standard: Oscar watch: Is ‘Into the Woods’ this year’s Cinderella story?

‘Into the Woods’
Emily Blunt, left, and James Corden in “Into the Woods.”
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Oscar Watch comes to you every Monday, sizing up the recent developments of the award season. Come with us today as we traipse "Into the Woods" and see if the academy picked up on the bread crumbs it left behind this weekend.

"Through the Woods"

Disney raised the curtain on its adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical Saturday with a screening at the Directors Guild of America Theater in New York, and reaction was predictably split. Broadway enthusiasts adored it. Others had problems with the third act, which, to be fair to director Rob Marshall (and that will probably be the only time I ever write those words), is an issue with the show too.

Following the screening, Marshall, screenwriter Lapine and cast members Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Christine Baranski, Chris Pine and Tracey Ullman answered questions. Oscar talk immediately centered on one particular cast member (guess who!), who, according to Corden, nearly died when she fell off a table during rehearsals. Yes, Streep's 19th Oscar nomination was a fait accompli from the moment she was cast as the Witch in this thing, though there will be no happily ever after if she ultimately prevails in the supporting actress category over "Boyhood's" Patricia Arquette.

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