Radar‘s Fresh Intelligence blog claims that Martin Scorsese, a six-time Best Director Academy Award nominee but never, as they say, a bride, "has requested that Warner Bros. not promote him for The Departed, the highest-grossing and, in the view of many critics, most audience-friendly film of his career."
A sudden attack of humility? Not exactly. Rather, according to sources, Scorcese was uncomfortable with the over-the-top stumping [Harvey] Weinstein did on his behalf for Gangs of New York and The Aviator. Notorious within the industry for running no-holds-barred, if wildly successful, Oscar campaigns (as we touched upon last week), Weinstein’s efforts left Scorsese feeling "whored out," says one studio source.
Weinstein may have lost his magic moviepimp touch â€” despite his efforts, "Bobby" hovers in a buzzless vacuum.
Elsewhere on the Oscar circuit, Greg Braxton at the LA Times adds another Jennifer Hudson-is-so-so-so-going-to-win-an-Oscar-for-"Dreamgirls" piece to the pile. More interesting is Craig Modderno at the New York Times on the surprising talk of Eddie Murphy‘s supporting role in the film being awards-worthy, if his habit of burning through amicable working relationships doesn’t hold him back:
â€œEddieâ€™s got a lot of anger, which I still donâ€™t understand, but Iâ€™m not the only one,â€ [John] Landis said in an interview. â€œI could tell you horror stories about how late Eddie was to the set, how he wouldnâ€™t do line readings off camera with his fellow actors and how rude he was to other actors. Heâ€™s not a happy person, as you know. On â€˜Coming to America,â€™ he said to me, â€˜We wonâ€™t be friends, but weâ€™ll finish the film.â€™ â€
During a press conference in New York to promote â€œComing to America,â€ Mr. Murphy was asked if he would ever work with Mr. Landis again. Without hesitation, he said: â€œVic Morrow has a better chance of working with Landis than I do.â€ Despite that reference to Morrow, who died in an accident during the shooting of the segment Mr. Landis directed for the â€œTwilight Zoneâ€ movie, Mr. Murphy and Mr. Landis went on to do â€œBeverly Hills Cop IIIâ€ together.
The AP reports that "Cars" and "Flushed Away" each got nine Annie Award nominations: "The winner of the Annie Awards has gone on to claim the Oscar for animated feature every year since the Academy Award for animation was created." Nick Holdsworth at Hollywood Reporter writes that Germany’s "The Lives of Others" was named film of the year at the 19th European Film Academy awards in Warsaw, Poland. Surprising, given "Volver"‘s popularity â€” AlmodÃ³var‘s film did picks up five wins, including best director and best actress (for Penelope Cruz). We were dramatically underwhelmed by "The Lives of Others," but we could see it scooping the Best Foreign Film Oscar from "Volver" because it’s about Serious Historical Themes. The Hollywood Reporter‘s Anne Thompson had a pre-win chat with the director, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.
+ Scorsese Nixes Oscar Blitz (Radar)
+ Eddie Murphy Inspires Oscar Buzz. Seriously. (NY Times)
+ And I am telling you… (LA Times)
+ DreamWorks scores most Annie Awards nods (AP)
+ ‘Others’ tops all others at EFA awards (Hollywood Reporter)
+ ‘Others’ filmmaker revels in magic hour (Hollywood Reporter)
+ On the Brink of Change, 19th Annual Amsterdam Doc Fest Wraps; "The Monastery" and "We Are Together" Win Top Prizes (indieWIRE)