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OSCAR: Michael Douglas As Gordon Gekko Second Time Around: “Supporting Is Good”

Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has yet to officially decide. But, according to my sources, the studio is “heavily leaning” toward pushing Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps‘s Michael Douglas for Best Supporting Actor. That’s a very different Oscar race than Best Actor where Douglas won the Academy Award for playing the same Gordon Gekko in 1987’s Wall Street. But it makes sense. Even though he is first billed and is perceived as the star of Oliver Stone’s sequel, Douglas does not have nearly the amount of screen time as co-star Shia LaBeouf. Most importantly, I’m told Douglas himself feels that Gekko is really a supporting role this time around. Here’s another complication: Anchor Bay is campaigning Douglas in the Lead Actor race for the May released Solitary Man. So, by suggesting voters consider Douglas’ second Gekko go-round as supporting work, Fox would be making it easier for everyone involved.

The studio is waiting to see where the Hollywood Foreign Press Association puts him in Golden Globe competition, although the HFPA is giving a freer hand to distributors when it comes to placing contenders this year than they have in the past. But, unlike other awards groups, the Academy Of Motion Picture & Arts Sciences does not suggest categories on their official ballots but leaves that up to the individual voters in the acting branch. Through advertising, though, a studio will try to sway voters in one clear direction. But it doesn’t always work. Susan Sarandon famously voted for herself in supporting for Atlantic City (1981) but was surprised when she found herself nominated for lead actress. The debate about the push for lead vs. supporting is one that rages every year and Oscar history is littered with actors in lead roles who win for supporting (ie Timothy Hutton in 1980’s Ordinary People) or actors in supporting roles who win for lead (ie Patricia Neal in 1963’s Hud). Read More »

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Oscar Deadlines For Foreign Films & Shorts

Mike Fleming

Beverly Hills, CA – Friday, October 1, is the deadline to submit entries in the Live Action Short Film, Animated Short Film and Foreign Language Film categories to be considered for the 83rd Academy Awards®. Complete entries must arrive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by 5 p.m. PT that day.

In the short film categories, filmmakers must submit an entry form, one film print or copy in an approved digital format, and all other required materials by the deadline.

In the Foreign Language Film category, filmmakers must submit entry forms, one English-subtitled film print or copy in an approved digital format, and all other required materials by the deadline. Only one motion picture will be accepted from each country.

Complete 83rd Academy Awards rules are available at http://www.oscars.org/rules. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Awards Coordinator Torene Svitil via phone at (310) 247-3000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (310) 247-3000 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, ext. 116, by fax at (310) 247-2600, or by e-mail at tsvitil@oscars.org.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre.

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