BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
The CCMAs are selected by critics, and have no direct influence on the Oscars. But as I mentioned in the last episode of Awards Blend (our weekly Oscar podcast), recognition by groups like SAG and the BFCA only help a filmís Oscar campaign, and an omission by a key organization like the BFCA can damage a campaign (or, at the very least, set it back).
Thereís a lot of movement on the charts this week. Following the Golden Globes and the SAG nominations, I feel comfortable letting films that hung on as Longshots fall by the way side.
The road to the Oscars have begun, and weekends are now starting to fill up with critically-acclaimed titles that are hoping for Academy Award glory this year. Of course, it was only a matter of time before nominations from various bodies to start pouring in, and this year itís the Independent Spirit Awards that have come out the gate early and revealed the candidates for all of their big prizes.
Winfrey is playing Anne Lee Cooper, a major civil rights leader who fought in Selma for her voting rights. She was known for challenging Sheriff James Clark face-to-face, and decking him with a right hook while in line to register to vote. She was 54 at the time. Yes, that scene is ridiculous. Yes that scene is awesome. Yes, that scene needs to stay in the movie.
Carmen Ejogo (Alex Cross, Sparkle, The Purge: Anarchy) has been signed to play Ms. King, who served as a Civil Rights activist alongside her husband, joining in the march for racial equality from the titular city to Montgomery, Alabama. This project and the rival Greengrass project have both been in development for about the same time frame, and it looks like Selma is going to beat Memphis to the punch.
Is anyone out there actually excited about the prospect of Wolverine 2? The first one continues to give me night terrors (HOW COULD THEY SEW UP DEADPOOL'S MOUTH? HOW?) and I'm not the only one.
Lee Daniels was putting together his civil rights historical film Selma even as he was in the throes of his Precious Oscar campaign last winter, but could the film actually be shoved aside at this point
Liam Neeson is still waiting for Steven Spielberg to get his act together so that he can at last play Abraham Lincoln, but in the meantime, he'll play another American President who played a landmark role in Civil Rights
The British actor has been cast to play King in the film, even as Daniels is still shipping it around to potential funders. Oyelowo had a role in The Last King of Scotland and the TV version of A Raisin in the Sun
Now Wolverine himself has stepped in to explain things, and yes, he is definitely playing an appropriate role. He'll play Jim Clark, an Alabama sheriff who violently arrested several of the marchers,
Kravitz had a small role in Precious, so it makes sense for him and Daniels to continue their collaboration. It's mysterious, though, that three high profile actors have signed on before anyone has been cast as the central characters
While the challenge of casting someone to play King seems like the biggest obstacle, Daniels has at least found one lead actor in Hugh Jackman
Webb, a Brit, also re-wrote Steven Spielberg's long-delayed Lincoln, and is working with Michael Mann on a script about post-Communist Russia. Even though he's yet to see any of his screenplays produced, he's adding Lee Daniels