Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Ridley Scott Says 'Exodus' Would Never Get Financed Starring "Mohammad So-and-So From Such-And-Such” Ridley Scott Says 'Exodus' Would Never Get Financed Starring "Mohammad So-and-So From Such-And-Such” James Cameron Says 'Avatar' Sequels Will Make You "Sh*t Yourself With Your Mouth Wide Open” James Cameron Says 'Avatar' Sequels Will Make You "Sh*t Yourself With Your Mouth Wide Open” Welcome Back To The Park: The First Trailer For 'Jurassic World' Is Here Welcome Back To The Park: The First Trailer For 'Jurassic World' Is Here Watch: 2-Hour 'Deleted Magic' Explores Deleted Scenes & Alternate Footage From The Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy Watch: 2-Hour 'Deleted Magic' Explores Deleted Scenes & Alternate Footage From The Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy New Character And Plot Details Emerge For 'True Detective' Season 2 As More Cast Members Confirmed New Character And Plot Details Emerge For 'True Detective' Season 2 As More Cast Members Confirmed James Gunn Says Shared Universe Model Is "Flawed," Plus Listen To "Awesome Mixtape Volume Zero" For 'Guardians' James Gunn Says Shared Universe Model Is "Flawed," Plus Listen To "Awesome Mixtape Volume Zero" For 'Guardians' 'Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens' Trailer Hits Theaters This Friday 'Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens' Trailer Hits Theaters This Friday Christian Bale Admits He Was Initially "Jealous" When Ben Affleck Was Cast As Batman Christian Bale Admits He Was Initially "Jealous" When Ben Affleck Was Cast As Batman Watch: First Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Watch: First Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... SXSW Review: Spierig Brothers 'Predestination'  Starring Ethan Hawke SXSW Review: Spierig Brothers 'Predestination' Starring Ethan Hawke From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Awards-Emboldened 'My Week With Marilyn' Moves To Thanksgiving Weekend Release

The Playlist By The Playlist | The Playlist October 13, 2011 at 3:08AM

This writer had a hunch. Even though I didn't care for the Lifetime-movie like qualities of the slight "My Week with Marilyn" -- and let it be said two other Playlisters in attendance felt pretty much the same way -- you could tell some of its MOR crowd-pleasing characteristics would appeal to the same Academy Members who flipped over “The King’s Speech” (personally, ‘Speech’ was much more charming IMO, even if it wasn’t anything to write home about either).
3


This writer had a hunch. Even though I didn't care for the Lifetime-movie like qualities of the slight "My Week with Marilyn" -- and let it be said two other Playlisters in attendance felt pretty much the same way -- you could tell some of its MOR crowd-pleasing characteristics would appeal to the same Academy Members who flipped over “The King’s Speech” (personally, ‘Speech’ was much more charming IMO, even if it wasn’t anything to write home about either).

Michelle Williams isn’t as riveting in ‘Marilyn’ as she was in, say, “Wendy & Lucy” (which features a devastating performance that was totally overlooked by Oscar that year) or even “Blue Valentine,” but she’s the reason the movie works as much as it does and sultry sexbomb is arguably not her persona, so many are seeing it as a transformation.

Regardless, the positive chatter during the recent New York Film Festival press screenings has done enough to put a charge into good ol’ Oscar-happy Harvey Weinstein. The man can smell some nominations in the air (frankly, Williams is a lock at this point), but one for his lead might just be the tip of the iceberg. In key signs that The Weinstein Company is gaining even more confidence in the picture, Weinstein has moved the film back a few weeks from its November 4 release, to a bow set right before the all-important Thanksgiving weekend – arguably the peak point when Oscar fervor hits.

The reason is that TWC wants the conversation to continue and the accolades to flow. This will mean more appearances at any film festivals between now and turkey day. “My Week with Marilyn” has already been added to the Hamptons International Film Festival and don’t be surprised if it turns up elsewhere like the AFI fest in L.A. or something similar.

In related TWC news, they’ve been quietly putting on test screenings of John Hillcoat’s prohibition-era crime drama “The Wettest County in the World,” which stars Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce and Mia Wasikowska among others. If you’ve myopically followed ‘Wettest County’ reports, you’ll have seen some that suggested the film could come out in limited release in December and then go wider in January just so it could qualify for Oscars. While it’s not 100% that this is what TWC is potentially cooking, we wouldn’t be the first that has theorized Harvey is taking a step back to survey his 2011 Oscar perspectives and trying to ascertain if he needs to throw another film into the fray.

With “The Artist” a question mark – it has landed with critics, but will it land with Oscar voters and audiences -- and “The Iron Lady” sounding like it’s a Meryl Streep-only contender, it’s conceivable that ‘Wettest County’ could land in that late-year spot that “Blue Valentine” was tossed into last year. Honestly, it’s not a great date and films like that can get grossly overlooked, but TWC films are ultimately pawns in the Oscar play.

Either way, keeps your eyes peeled. It’s certainly not a ludicrous assertion. Anyhow, look for 'Marilyn' to occupy a November 23rd release in what likely will be a slowly-crescendoing limited release campaign. [Deadline]

This article is related to: Films, Actresses, My Week With Marilyn, The Wettest County, Michelle Williams


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates