Most notably is Julia Roberts in her upcoming role of Barbara Weston in John Wells’ “August: Osage County” has been confirmed to be campaigned as Supporting for the season. While many fans of the play are crying foul on this move because many believe her to be a co-lead, this has increased her chances for a nomination where she’ll compete against her co-star Margo Martindale. Martindale’s role as “Mattie” won the Tony Award the year it was released.
Another Weinstein Company film that received confirmation was “Philomena” and co-writer and star Steve Coogan. While Judi Dench is eating up the accolades and Coogan will most likely fall into an Adapted Screenplay race nicely, he will be campaigned in Supporting Actor.
Still making money each week, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” will go into Original Screenplay for writer Danny Strong to fight it out. While I’m sure it’s eligibility is there, an attempt to move him to an Adapted category may find more wiggle room for the film to be recognized. That category is a wasteland of talent at the moment.
While we all wait on the first words on George Clooney‘s “The Monuments Men” – the film is said to still be a work in progress. There’s still be no word on where Matt Damon and Clooney will fall in their respective categories. As of now, I have them both listed in Lead. That makes me feel like it’s crossed off the list as a potential NYFF Secret Screening.
One mention from a representative of Relativity Media is Scott Cooper‘s “Out of the Furnace” was announced as a Centerpiece for the upcoming AFI Fest presented by Audi. It’s worth noting that the film was not the replacement of Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” which was pulled from the festival due to its 2014 shift. The film was planned to screen and have its World Premiere there all along. That should bode well for the film which will be fighting for stars Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, and Zoe Saldana to fit in any of their respective acting categories. A big question mark on the season, I wouldn’t be surprised if it has the possibility of “Million Dollar Baby-ing” itself to a nomination. Crazier things have happen and this race is unbelievably unpredictable.
What are your thoughts on the campaigns?