As category placements continue to be determined over the next few weeks (and films evidently getting a 2014 push), we have learned of one of the more peculiar placements of the season so far and it is in the form of Academy Award nominee Alec Baldwin.
Warner Bros. Awards site, along with listing the categories for AMPAS, also list their placement and categories for the Hollywood Foreign Press and BAFTA committees. Since the company handled the UK distribution for Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” they have decided to campaign Baldwin in Lead Actor for the BAFTA Awards. The rest of his male co-stars, Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Louie C.K., Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg will compete in Supporting Actor. Star Cate Blanchett has become a virtual lock for her sixth Academy Award nomination as the disturbed ‘Jasmine.’ She will still compete in Lead Actress with Sally Hawkins going Supporting.
Sony Pictures Classics, who handles the U.S. distribution for “Blue Jasmine” will campaign Baldwin in Supporting Actor for the Academy Awards.
In Golden Globe news, Warner Bros. will be giving a push to “42,” “Gravity,” “The Great Gatsby,” and “Prisoners” in the Drama categories as we all suspected. In Comedy/Musical, the studio will attempt to gain citations for “Grudge Match” which starred Sylvester Stallone, and “We’re the Millers” with Jennifer Aniston. No decision has been made yet in regards to Spike Jonze‘s “Her” and what category the film will compete in. A hunch tells me, Comedy or Musical may be the best route for New York Film Festival closer.
Other notations include Amy Adams to compete in Lead Actress for her role in “Man of Steel” and “Pacific Rim” naming Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba c0-leads for their work. Not that either of these has a snowball chance.