3 June 2014 8:52 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hey, remember "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom?" Six months after its Us theatrical release, no one would blame you if it's already slipped to the back of your mind. Despite its prestigious trappings and its unplanned topicality in the wake of Nelson Mandela's death last December, Justin Chadwick's well-intentioned biopic of South Africa's first democratically elected president was among the most prominent of 2013's awards-season hopefuls never to take flight. Critics were largely unenthusiastic, reserving their praise for the film's lead performances, and audiences couldn't be bothered: "Mandela" took just $8 million in the Us, with its global gross of $27 million still falling some way short of the film's production budget. And despite The Weinstein Company's campaign efforts, awards voters were similarly indifferent: Idris Elba managed a Golden Globe nomination, while the BAFTAs rustled up a generous Best British Film nod, but the Academy acknowledged U2's would-be anthemic closing-credits tune and nothing else. »


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