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James Cameron optimistic about Avatar sequel at Oscars

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James Cameron is optimistic

about his Avatar sequel at the Oscars

'Avatar: The Way of Water'

has been nominated for best picture

James Cameron/Filmmaker

"The response has been overwhelmingly good so far. I mean, I haven't seen any reviews yet, so I'm sure all the nitpicking will start at that point. But emotionally, people seem to be pretty emotionally charged by the film, and that's enough of an answer for me."

Zoe Saldana/Actor, 'Avatar: The Way of Water'

"Yeah, we have hope. The same way, you know, we had hope with the first movie..."

Sam Worthington/Actor, 'Avatar: The Way of Water'

"We hope the movie can connect."

Zoe Saldana/Actor, 'Avatar: The Way of Water'

"This is unlike anything you've ever seen. And maybe that's not a bad thing. Maybe that's what's going to work about it."

'Avatar: The Way of Water' was released

13 years after the original

James Cameron/Filmmaker

“We dropped our first teaser trailer in May and it had 148 million views in 24 hours. I'm not worried about it anymore. What does worry me is that the market has contracted due to the kind of double punch of streaming and the pandemic. It's coming back, slowly coming back, we're at maybe 80% of what we were in 2019 and or, you know, back when we released the first movie."

The Oscars is set to take place on March 12