It'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.
Over 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.