Oscar Contenders

Will 'Django' Offer Davis and Foxx a Costumed Trifecta? 'Zero Dark Thirty' to January?

And Judi Dench for Best Supporting Actress?

Jamie Foxx in Django UnchainedIt's a bit of a slow day so I figured I'd go a little early on a small batch of Oscar related stories I've been collecting beginning with Chris Laverty's article over at Clothes on Film contemplating whether or not costume designer Sharen Davis could score a nom for her work on Quentin Tarantino's Civil War-era Western Django Unchained. Davis was last nominated in 2007 for Dreamgirls and once before that in 2005 for Ray. Ooooh, I see a pattern here, could Davis and Jamie Foxx make it a trifecta?

In news that will surely disappoint some, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Sony is considering not going wide with Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty until January, leaving the film to open only in limited release on December 19 in New York and Los Angeles. My reaction to this...? Well, looking back at how a similar strategy worked for Anonymous last year, maybe Columbia should just stick to their current marketing plans.

Yes, December is stuffed with films, but moving a movie like this into the trash heap of January just seems like such a bad idea... Then again, perhaps it's a knock-out that's going to run the table at the Oscars and going wide one day after the nominations are announced will work in its favor. Maybe, then, it's a good idea. I guess what I'm saying is... I don't know.

Denis Lavant in Holy MotorsOver the weekend, Leos Carax's Holy Motors took top honors at the Chicago Film Festival and is almost destined to go down as the most critically praised film of the year that no one saw. Star Denis Lavant won the Silver Hugo for Best Actor, while Yves Cape and Caroline Champetier won the Silver for Best Cinematography. One of the cool things about the fest, however, is that while the awards have been handed out it continues for five days giving audiences a chance to seek out the winners. [THR]

How about a link to Sasha Stone over at Awards Daily as she has offered some updated Oscar predictions in the Best Actress category where she still has Anne Hathaway for The Dark Knight Rises in her predictions. Uh, nope, not gonna happen.

Finally, some are pushing Judi Dench's performance in Skyfall for Best Supporting Actress. I won't see the film until next Tuesday, October 30, so I have no idea. I will say this, a screener of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel recently arrived, so I'll finally be able to take a look at Dench in that. [Telegraph]

P.S. I'll be interviewing Rian Johnson on Monday, October 29 to talk Looper so be on the lookout for that interview.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

    Man, I really want to see Zero Dark Thirty, I seriously want to. It's my most anticipated film of the year behind Wreck-It Ralph. I really don't want to wait till January (13th is my birthday in that month btw) at all considering how LONG i've been waiting for this & my anxiety issues, very disappointing damn it. I really hope Sony leave it as it is.

    As for pushing for Judi Dench in Skyfall , awesome but have to see the movie first though. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is one of my favorite movies of the year, Dench won't get an Oscar nod for it but Maggie Smith will, hopefully. Dench will definitely get a Golden Globe nod, that's for sure. I actually thought you already seen the movie but hopefully you'll like the movie as I did, Brad. It's just a very delightful film.

    • Ur mom

      It's my most anticipating film too. But if it's for the sake of getting more people to see it, I would make the move.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

        Yeah the more I think about it now, the more sense it makes to me. I wasn't really thinking right, was very disappointed & angry but Nick brought good information on Black Hawk Down and I think it is the right move. Thank you Nick & Ian for good thoughts.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/0Freeman./ 0Freeman.

    Awesome news really excited for the Rian Johnson interview. Just out of curiosity what did you grade Brick Brad? Cause that's one of my all-time favorite movies.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    I think the move of Zero Dark Thirty makes perfect sense. December is as packed as I can ever remember, with three MAJOR tentpoles in The Hobbit, Les Mis, and Django, not to mention other potential big earners like This is 40 and Jack Reacher (though I expect Jack Reacher to bomb hard as it seems like a film that should be released in January). Zero Dark Thirty seems likely to get lost in the shuffle if they keep it there, at least moreso than going limited in NY/LA and building some buzz, then launch it nationwide in January. This is done with numerous Oscary films...granted they're usually indies, but why fault Sony for going the platform route when the competition is so strong in December? The Anonymous thing still baffles me, but I doubt that movie would have made money on any release date...great film, just not a moneymaker.

    And while January may be a dumping ground for new releases, it's also the month when a lot of those prestige films go wide. That helps offset the terribleness of it for me. And that's the case for pretty much everywhere outside the big cities. I live in Richmond, VA now, which gets a tolerable selection of art house films (despite having only one two screen art house), but we're not high up on the platform release schedule by any means.

    Moving on, I think all this fanboyish Oscar talk for Skyfall is ridiculous. It's a Bond movie people, the Academy certainly won't give it the time of day. In fact, I'll guarantee that the only category where it even has as chance of a nom is Original Song (which neither of the last two films got). However, Dench will be nominated for Best Actress for Best Exotic. Mark my words.

    Really looking forward to the Rian Johnson interview as well. Looper is still the year's best film in my opinion.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

      Having seen Skyfall I can see it picking up a few technical nominations - perhaps editing and sound mixing - the kind of noms that blockbusters tend to get. However, it has no chance as far as the top awards go. The only slight chance is Javier Bardem in supporting actor but even that is a stretch.

      • http://nktkomarov.livejournal.com/ Nick

        What about cinematography?

    • Kevin

      I've heard there is a possibility the SKYFALL theme may be ineligible for an Oscar, because the music contains the actual Bond theme in it. And NO WAY will Judi Dench be nominated for Best Actress for Best Exotic. MAYBE a Best Supporting nod for Maggie Smith, but even that is a stretccccccccccccch.,..

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

        No, I think Maggie Smith has a most definite chance of getting in. Hathaway, Adams, Hunt & Chastain (if she hopefully delivers). It's either her or Sally Field to get in. Also, another thing: it depends on Chastain's role in ZDT on whether they'll push her as Lead which I think she is judging from the trailers or just Supporting which gives Smith a real chance.

        Johansson for Hitchcock, Dench for Skyfall, Ehle for Zero Dark Thirty, Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook & the rest of the women in Les Miserables (Seyfried, Bonham Carter & Barks) are possibilities.

        I know it seems very unlikely but I would be very happy if Emily Blunt would get nominated for Looper, it's one of her best performances of her career so far IMO. It may not be Oscar-worthy but still, I really loved her in that as I have throughout her career.

  • http://nktkomarov.livejournal.com/ Nick

    It worked when Sony did it with Black Hawk Down (it spent three weeks in limited release after opening in late December, and going wide, it took $28m on opening weekend, $108m total and 4 Oscar noms including Best Director) so maybe that's the strategy they want to emulate.

  • Chris138

    I'm amazed that anyone would think Anne Hathaway has a shot at a LEADING actress nomination for TDKR. Her chances were pretty slim even in supporting for that role.

  • Winchester

    Perhaps Sony is getting jittery that Zero Dark Thirty can perform well (I know this one is about the death of Bin Laden but basically no film in this vein has really been a breakout hit no matter the release date) and are considering the platform route to try word of mouth instead.

    I'm amazed people are talking about an Oscar for Hathaway for The Dark Knight Rises considering she did nothing of worth in that movie. If she has a shot this year in the race it's for Les Miserables and not Catwoman.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

      Completely agree with your explanation for the Zero Dark Thirty move. I assume they must have confidence in it's quality and are going for a word-of-mouth momentum approach.

    • http://nktkomarov.livejournal.com/ Nick

      I thought Hathaway easily out-acted everyone in TDKR, but that doesn't mean she deserves an Oscar nomination for it anymore than Michelle Pfeiffer did for Batman Returns or Downey Jr. for Iron Man.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

      I thought she was the best actor of the lot in TDKR. She was so dynamite. But I really agree that pushing her for Lead Actress for that role is a waste of time. Her only chance of getting nominated for that is Supporting but seems very unlikely. I would personally nominate her for TDKR if Les Miserables was next year.

      • Winchester

        Hmmmmmn.

        I'm really not trying to be difficult and everyone's perceptions of a performance are their own but I really genuinely think in terms of TDKR the performance I saw her give was completely and utterly different to the one everyone else saw because she seems to be getting raves all over the place and I truly did not see anything even close to being that good.

        One of those mysteries I figure!

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

          I think (i don't know if these are the cases) a lot of people & critics raved her for that performance were because either they were surprised she could do the role and did a great job or because she's a very good versatile actress (sorry Brad, i am a fan of Hathaway's) & she would do a great job anyways. I'm with the latter. Reason why I said I would nominate her for that role because of the weak year Supporting Actresses are having.

          I have Amy Adams right now as my front-runner because I gotta see Hathaway in Les Miss which I have her my number #2, Helen Hunt #3, Jessica Chastain #4 & Sally Field #5. Maggie Smith #6 & Anne Hathaway #7.