It was reported a few weeks ago that David Cronenberg’s “Map to the Stars” will in fact, be given an Oscar qualifying this year. According to a representative on the awards campaign, the film WILL NOT have an Oscar qualifying run. In fact, they are only pursuing Golden Globe nominations for the film in the Musical/Comedy category. Star Julianne Moore, who will also have another contender in “Still Alice” from Sony Pictures Classics, will compete in Best Actress (Musical or Comedy).
The representative says the following:
“per Julianne Moore’s reps “Still Alice” is pursuing an Academy Awards campaign through Sony Classics. To avoid confusion, we are pursuing a Golden Globe nomination only for Julianne Moore as Best Actress.”
From a strategic standpoint, Moore’s team probably wants to create a clear pathway during the awards season. With “Map to the Stars” out of the running, the risk of Moore vote-splitting with herself, or recreating the 2003 Oscar race when she was double nominated for “Far from Heaven” and “The Hours,” is now off the table. She was also nominated in 1997 for Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” and in 1999 for Neil Jordan’s “The End of the Affair.” Moore will also appear in Francis Lawrence’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” due out in November.
Cronenberg’s film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival (where Moore won the Best Actress prize) before moving on to the Toronto Film Festival in September and the New York Film Festival earlier this month. The film also stars John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, and Evan Bird.
The film was purchased by Focus World and is scheduled for release sometime in 2015.
What do you think of Moore’s Oscar chances now?