“Well, I guess I can get that fourth consecutive nod for Joy” (via Tom and Lorenzo)
When it comes to preemptive awards-season strikes, leave it to none other than The Weinstein Co. to lead the way.
First, the mini major has retitled John Wells’ upcoming film Burnt. TWC has also moved it from a wide release on Oct. 2 to a nationwide bow on Oct. 23. But either date would make me worry about Oscar potential, as Weinstein has never prioritzed October releases; perhaps the biggest awards performer it ever dropped in the Halloween month was last year’s St. Vincent, which snagged Bill Murray a Golden Globe bid for actor in a comedy or musical film.
Once named Adam Jones for its title character, the Steven Knight-scripted Burnt stars Bradley Cooper, who may score a Globe nod, as a flamboyant chef who hopes to climb up the haute-cuisine ladder. Cooper’s American Sniper co-star Sienna Miller, Alicia Vikander (a.k.a., the Swedish Jessica Chastain – seriously, she’s everywhere), Lily James, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, Sarah Greene, Omar Sy, and Daniel Brühl also star.
More importantly, TWC shifts Todd Haynes’ Carol to Nov. 20 – four weeks ahead of its initially planned Dec. 18 debut. Deadline Hollywood notes that this frame for the Phyllis Nagy-scripted drama recalls previous Oscar hits from the distributor, like The King’s Speech (2010) and The Imitation Game.
Awards prognosticators have had the lesbian romance high on their charts ever since it took Cannes by storm and won Rooney Mara the fest’s best-actress prize. Carol could very well win Oscars for picture, director, adapted screenplay, and a performance or two…
Speaking of which, Oscar-season greed may see either Blanchett or Mara “dropping” to a supporting campaign. The former, who already has two Oscars to her name, also leads James Vanderbilt’s Rathergate drama Truth. She’s the lead in the Sony Pictures Classics release, apparently, which may hit this year, too. Meanwhile, Mara carries Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture, but we’ve no idea what’s going on there.