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Oscars: James Franco Will Compete For Supporting Actor With 'Spring Breakers' & Anne Hathaway For Best Actress In 'Dark Knight Rises'

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 15, 2012 9:21 AM
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Get our your crystal ball Oscar prognosticators, because it's time to shake it up again. The weekend brought with it a couple more bits and bobs and changes to the Oscar race, with a couple more folks chasing the statue in some unlikely films.

While the movie doesn't have a release date just yet -- or even a distributor -- Annapurna will be pushing James Franco for Best Supporting Actor his role as the cornrowed, golden toothed Alien in Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers." The plan is to give the movie an Oscar qualifying run in December, probably supported by Academy only screenings and/or screeners sent to voters, but it's certainly something we didn't expect. Granted, the film has generated some pretty strong word of mouth on the festival circuit after premiering in Venice and hitting TIFF shortly after, but Franco is up against an incredibly tough field this year.

As we recently broke it down, Philip Seymour Hoffman is still going to be the one to beat for his turn in "The Master" with a number of heavy hitters also in the mix, including Robert De Niro for "Silver Linings Playbook," Leonardo DiCaprio for "Django Unchained," Matthew McConaughey for "Magic Mike," Russell Crowe for "Les Miserables," Tommy Lee Jones for "Lincoln" and more. Granted, Franco is already a nominee (for "127 Hours"), but this seems like a longshot unless one of the major movies in the next few months stumbles very, very hard.

Meanwhile, geeks will be happy they have something to pay attention to awards wise this fall, as Warner Bros. has revealed their slate of Oscar hopefuls, and among them is Anne Hathaway for Best Actress in "The Dark Knight Rises." One could make the argument she's more of a supporting role, but it's likely WB doesn't want to clash with Universal's plans to place her in that category for "Les Miserables." Of course, Christopher Nolan's films are no stranger to nominees with Heath Ledger winning post-humously for "The Dark Knight." However, while Hathaway is very good in 'Rises,' we're not sure it's going to happen. And in case you're wondering, WB will also be pushing the rest of the cast for the movie as well with Christian Bale going for lead, while Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard go supporting. The studio are also putting Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in Best Actor and Actress for "Cloud Atlas" as well.

Finally, in the "not gonna happen" category, campaigns are being launched for Emily Blunt in "Looper," Jake Gyllenhaal in "End Of Watch" and uh, Josh Brolin in "Men In Black III."

Can these more niche movies play alongside the more prestigious and "serious" fare? Anything can happen, so perhaps we'll see. [Showbiz 411/In Contention/THR]

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  • shamsher | October 31, 2012 4:24 AMReply

    i love it

  • Archie | October 16, 2012 6:37 AMReply

    Oh yes TDKR supporting cast for Oscar .Why not nominate Gary Oldman again in supporting for his great and underappreciated turn as Comissioner Gordon and make up the mistake that he lost last year his Oscar to Jean Dujardin? ;P

    I hope to see a few surprise nominees .It looks almost like it´s allready decided who ´ll get in and we are in mid october .....

  • randall gerber | October 16, 2012 3:52 AMReply

    you forgot for best supporting actor alan arkin in argo ,you fool!!!!!

  • DG | October 15, 2012 12:38 PMReply

    Two actors and performances I will root for right here but there's almost no way either will win, and not because of their quality but because they don't fit in to what Oscar voters usually go for. Playlist is Right in saying it'd take one of the other big releases stumbling for one of these to break though.

  • Paul F | October 15, 2012 11:24 AMReply

    Oscar is such bullshit!! One studio decide : oh let's put a clearly SUPPORTING actress in another category so we don't mess with other studio plans...
    It's pathetic how the studios and producers control the oscars like that. I always knew it but it makes me angry everytime .

  • Alan | October 17, 2012 1:53 AM

    Err, you do realize that an actor cannot be nominated twice for the same category. This has less to do with studios buddying up against each other and more to do with studios not wanting to fight a sure thing (Hathaway's nomination for Les Miserables).

  • Paul F. | October 15, 2012 11:23 AMReply

    Oscar is such bullshit!! One studio decide : oh let's put a clearly SUPPORTING actress in another category so we don't mess with other studio plans...
    It's pathetic how the studios and producers control the oscars like that. I always knew it but it makes me angry everytime .

  • Zep | October 15, 2012 11:21 AMReply

    This headline just made me wonder how the award circuit differentiates in performances between sexes. Does anyone have any specific thoughts on that or know of any ongoing debate concerning such a matter? I'm intrigued...

  • Great topic | October 15, 2012 7:02 PM

    You don't need to wonder, as it's all to do with favouritism in regards to sexes within the Oscar voters and the media. In terms of the media, do you think, if this character that Franco brilliantly created went to Gosling, Dicaprio, Fassenbender or Gordon-Levitt, we would be getting comments like 'already' or 'longshot', I think the feedback, would be 100% NO.

    Franco doesn't seem to play the Hollywood game, so hence the put downs by the media. Also, for a guy that people claim he's not a legit movie star. The media sure like to link Franco with everyone in particular Gosling and the new wonder man Gordon-Levitt. Clearly, this shows he's a true legit movie star.

    Spring Breakers highlights why the man can act and is great. Spring Breakers should also gain nominations for Best Director and Movie in an ideal world.

    Oscar voters golden rules to me:

    1. Host a fundraising dinner for a President.
    2. Be in the circle of Clooney or Pitt. For the women go circle around Streep.
    3. Make sure Weinstein has your back and front.
    4. Ensure great comeback story. What better example than both Franco and Hathaway, in regards to the unnecessary hate they received regarding their hosting. So, over the top in going after Franco in particular.

    These are my thoughts, but it would be interesting to hear others? Not that it would help much the Oscar voters probably have their winners 'already'. Hence the hard sell by the media to persuade the public that this star is the right choice;a even if another movie and it's star is a much better preference. I feel, Oscar voters have a particular circle that few wishlist stars enter and if you don't play their games, might have difficulties coming back in.

  • GOLD BULLETS NOW GOLD OSCAR | October 15, 2012 10:41 AMReply

    James Franco for the WIN, especially since his performance WILL be remembered as future a classic (not just for the moment). He was truly amazing in Spring Breakers and totally different to what some websites are saying regarding similar to Matthew McConaughey. He's appearance alone is an outstanding transformation, plus his acting and the singing (HIGHER LEVEL that's why is part of a FUTURE CLASSIC). He should win just for his "Everytime" Britney Spears number ALONE.

    I'm also surprised that you find it a surprise that Spring Breakers is in the mix. Look at the work of the unique Director plus the fact James Franco is one of the best actors of our generation and it's not a surprise.

    I would also like to add that I didn't like the way you and some other websites have hinted "already a nominee (for "127 Hours"), but this seems like a longshot unless one of the major movies in the next few months stumbles very, very hard". It's as if you have all made judgment that he is out BUT you still have to report. What about the list of below actors for some who have "already" been nominated various times and even some have won (more than once). I noticed when it came to them your wording from this website and others were different?

    Why IS HE the longshot and not some of the others? When he GAVE BETTER performance? Unless, the Oscars is truly FIXED, I don't see why it should be given that Philip Seymour Hoffman (especially) Robert De Niro "Silver Linings Playbook," Leonardo DiCaprio "Django Unchained (especially)," Matthew McConaughey "Magic Mike," Russell Crower "Les Miserables," Tommy Lee Jones "Lincoln", or others are truly safe bets. To my knowledge, it should be WIDE open but I'm already sensing that certain websites are trying to dismiss James Franco performance or the movie itself, so their recordedguess hopefuls are still in the mix.

    Websites/Oscars please PLAY fair so the Oscars doesn't become a bigger joke.

  • tyrannosaurus max | October 15, 2012 10:27 AMReply

    wow I would love to see anything Korine related involved in the Academy somehow...just for the sheer fact of it.

  • Sam | October 15, 2012 10:20 AMReply

    no Tom Hardy for Batman ?!
    Hathaway was really good. i can't argue with that. but, man: Tom Hardy. he leapt off the screen in a masked role with only his eyes, voice and body to do the talking.
    i hope you just forgot to report his name from WB.

  • evilprick | October 15, 2012 3:48 PM

    True that. Ledger's joker was amazing, ture, but it was a proper theatrical show, with every muscle of his face at his disposal. Tom Hardy's Bane - had nothing other than his eyes. And he towered over everyone. He was genuinely scary.

  • AS | October 15, 2012 9:59 AMReply

    I could definitely see Cotillard going for supporting actress... at the Razzies that is.

  • caro | October 15, 2012 9:46 AMReply

    Marion Cotillard in TDKR ....LOL her death is so ... different

  • JD | October 15, 2012 9:31 AMReply

    These are largely token campaigns because Warner Bros believe Nolan should get recognition for his work on the trilogy, most of their real campaigning will centre around Argo for BP and some supporting love for Arkin and Goodman. Cloud Atlas is the same.

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