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Old 03-25-2015, 01:57 AM   #70 (permalink)
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Vin Diesel: Furious 7 will 'win best picture' at Oscars 2016

"Furious 7, the movie that is effectively a memorial to actor Paul Walker, will win best picture at next year's Oscars, according to the film's star and producer Vin Diesel.

Diesel confidently told Variety the latest release in The Fast and the Furious franchise would be "the biggest movie in history" and was a dead cert for the top award in 2016.



"This will win best picture," he said. "There is nothing that will ever come close to the power of this thing."

He went on to suggest the Oscars would no longer be relevant if Furious 7 was overlooked by the Academy.

Walker was killed in a car accident in 2013, while the movie was still being shot. A substantial re-write and the addition of digital effects and stand-ins allowed Walker's role to be kept in the film after his death.

Furious 7, slated for release in Australia on April 2, is generally reckoned to be part of the most successful action-movie franchise of all time.

It had its official opening at SXSW earlier in March, where it received a warm response from audiences.

On the review aggregation site, Rotten Tomatoes, early reviews of the film were 88 per cent positive.
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