Sam Rockwell Oscar. My Main Event of 2009? Well, maybe, just maybe…
So 2009 is finally over, but it’s left a lasting impression on me for a number of reasons. Mainly cinematic ones. This was the year that really re-ignited my passion for film. Maybe it’s more to do with having a lucid and drug free mind for most of this year, but hell, did I get excited over movies in a way I haven’t done in years, so expect most of the posting here to be about that. No bad thing really.
2009 will stay in my memory as the year I went Rockwell crazy.
Moon is in my top films of the year list (yeah, don’t expect it for some time – too many brain cells jumped out the window yesterday) so it was only natural that I had to take up the call to arms sent out by director Duncan Jones in October to be part of some form of web-based publicity campaign to get Sam Rockwell’s performance noticed, with high hopes of an internet frenzy leading to a Best Actor Oscar Nomination. For more on that, head over to the ManMadeMovies blog.
There’s not exactly been a frenzy yet, but the number of articles is increasing, with a lot of them focussing on Sony’s decision not to send out screening copies for the Oscar voters. Lots of commenting on Sony not thinking a science fiction film would cut it, not giving weight to genre films; but hang on, screeners for District 9 have been sent out. WingNut. Backed by TriStar. Owned by Sony. I’m pretty much thinking that where science fiction is concerned, they’re going with District 9. Which is a shame, because as much as I love District 9, and think it’s deserving of a lot of recognition in some places (hold that thought for a later post), both films are entirely different breeds of science fiction movie. Why not go with both? It seems Moon has been treated unfairly since the beginning by Sony, with distribution problems aplenty and a reluctance to get any real marketing behind it. Word of mouth can do a lot, but come on, have a little faith in what you’re supposed to be backing guys.
The “Sam Rockwell Oscar” petition has also been coming under fire. But why? As someone who signed the petition, yes, I know it’s not going to win any nominations on it’s own, some people have missed the point entirely. It’s simply a means to get some publicity going on the web. As with the #SamRockwellOscar Tweet tagging. Getting the idea out there and possibly having those who vote think, “Yeah, he was pretty good in (insert any number of performances) – maybe I’ll give this little film a whirl.” Anything that gets someone looking outwith the main contenders is worth a try.
It’s more about the drive to get small independent films and their creators noticed. It’s not just Rockwell who deserves recognition for this film. Duncan Jones and his team have created something special. It’s a shame Sony don’t seem to have realized that.