Oscars: Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’ Returns, at Just the Right Time

“There’s nowhere to go but up.” Those are the words Angela Lansbury and the cast of “Mary Poppins Returns” send you home with at the end of Rob Marshall’s sequel to the beloved 54-year-old Disney classic, and they do a good job of illustrating why the film is, perhaps unexpectedly, a bona fide best picture Oscar player this year.The movie musical landed in the race this week with guild and Academy screenings, tastemakers and more, hoping for what would rightly be considered the impossible: an embrace.

But Marshall and company can breathe a sigh of relief because it’s going over like gangbusters.

There was applause throughout a Producers Guild screening on Wednesday.

A lengthy standing ovation greeted the film’s director and cast at an all-guild screening on Saturday.

On Sunday, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences got a look and erupted

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