As studios get their FYC sites up and running (you can visit our FYC Tracker page for a list of links), Paramount Pictures have launched their site.
The slate includes Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day,” J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and Marc Foster’s “World War Z.” There’s no listing for Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” yet but I’m sure that will change if he makes his alleged November 25 deadline of completion.
Some things that I noticed is “Star Trek Into Darkness” is being campaigned as an Original Screenplay. I have a few problems with this. Besides being based on the original Gene Roddenberry television show, any film that releases a sequel has been declared an adapted piece. Films like “Before Sunset” and “Toy Story 3” were nominated for the Adapted Screenplay Oscar. Not that “Star Trek” has any chance at a screenplay nomination, I was just annoyed that Paramount is either going for it or is exempt from the rule.
The most notable news from the site is Will Forte will be campaigning in Supporting Actor rather than as a co-lead as previously thought. While co-star Bruce Dern straddles the line between Lead and Supporting, Forte’s campaign submission is blatant category fraud as the film’s central character. Will this help Forte score a surprise nomination if “Nebraska” is fully embraced by AMPAS voters? Forte is pretty terrific in the film (Read the New York Film Festival review here).
In terms of Reitman’s “Labor Day,” Josh Brolin will compete in Supporting Actor with young Gattlin Griffith being campaigned in Lead Actor. Kate Winslet will compete in Lead Actress. As for the seemingly forgotten “World War Z” – all the usual tech categories are listed with Brad Pitt listed as Lead Actor.
What do you think of the categorizations?