Mark Wahlberg’s next ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Could be a strong contender at Oscar’s Tech Categories

Deepwater Horizon is an upcoming drama about the massive 2010 drilling rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Mark Wahlberg is portraying the role of survivor Mike Williams in the film. The film received a standing ovation after it ended.

The film cost the production house an estimated $156 million, it will be released by Lionsgate/Summit nationwide on Sept. 30. This film marks the return of the pair of Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg three years after they teamed up on Lone Survivor, and it will, like that film, likely wind up a moneymaker at the box office and also a strong player at the Oscars for technical categories. The film looks poised to land nominations in the same two categories as their previous film, best sound editing and best sound mixing and this time perhaps best visual effects, as well.

Deepwater Horizon is the film Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand adapted from a New York Times article. Mark Wahlberg, Gina Rodriguez and Kurt Russell portray workers on the rig, John Malkovich plays the role of a villainous BP representative overseeing the workers and the early signs of spill and Kate Hudson plays Mark Wahlberg’s wife. Given the film’s brilliant star cast, it may land some nominations in the acting categories.

The good news is that the dynamic duo Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg collaborated on another film that will hit theaters this year, it’s called Patriots Day which centers around the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and sounds and looks like a pure Oscar material.

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