A couple of Awards Season odds and ends

Maps to The Stars Julianne Moore and Mia  600x338

Here’s something a little bit new that I figured I’d try. Basically, this is a round up of some of the awards season related news that will be popping up from time to time. Some weeks, there will likely be a whole bunch of things to tackle, while with others the pickings will be more slim. Today, I’ve got two notes to make, basically in preparation for my Oscar predictions update tomorrow. In some ways, look at this as a bit of a cheat sheet for my initial September predictions. Especially today, it’s just a few things that are on my mind as I prepare for tomorrow.

Like I just said, tomorrow’s post will be a prediction update, so today I’m explaining two particular predictions that might be odd to some (though not in the case of one thing if you’ve been following my earlier prediction updates). Anyway, you’ll see what I mean momentarily. Enough chit chat though, time for the good stuff. Here you go…

First up is Maps to the Stars, which got picked up for US distribution this week. The thing is, it got picked up for a 2015 release. Yes, distributor Focus World (a smaller and more niche division of Focus Features, in case you were wondering) acquired David Cronenberg’s latest and barring a decision to have an Oscar qualifying run in December, the film won’t be competing in this year’s awards season. That means Julianne Moore will have to wait a year to be in contention to win her first Academy Award. It’s an odd decision, but once they figure out whether to campaign her in Lead or Supporting, I’m sure she’ll be in play again 12 months from now. Cross Moore out of both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in 2014, but 2015 could be a different story entirely. I’ll know more about how good she is when I see the film at the New York Film Festival, but for now, the wait for a campaign just got longer.

The other thing of note this week is in regards to Foxcatcher. Basically, there hadn’t been any word about whether Bennet Miller’s movie would be competing in Best Adapted Screenplay or Best Original Screenplay when it comes to those Oscar categories this year. Some had pegged it to go Adapted because there’s a memoir due to come out, but some like myself had it in Original due to that memoir not having been released yet. Well, word came down through the grapevine yesterday that Original is where it will be competing. While I’m glad I was right, I can’t help wondering if Sony Pictures Classics made the right call here with the script Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye wrote. The field in Original is far more competitive looking right now than Adapted, but hey…I’m sure they know what they’re doing. I’m going to be seeing the flick shortly at NYFF as well, and believe me when I say that I can’t wait.

There you have a few odds and ends for the awards season. Stay tuned for those new predictions tomorrow and I’ll be back with another installment of this article the next time some big news hits the web!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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