Award categories leave room for loopholes
If there’s any trend with Oscar candidates this year, it’s blurring lines.Aside from the confusion in the actors’ race, there are other bewildering areas. “Pinocchio” may be the first film eligible for Oscar in two versions in the same year: The Italian-lingo version was submitted in the foreign film race, while the dubbed pic is vying in other races. “Stuart Little 2”: Are those animated characters considered visual effects, or do they make the film an animated feature? “Adaptation” was submitted as an adapted screenplay, even though most of it is scribe Charlie Kaufman’s original variations on a theme by Susan Orlean. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” was submitted as an original screenplay; though PR has played up the saga of Nia Vardalos’ trek from one-woman stage show to the bigscreen, Vardalos says she actually penned the screenplay before the legiter. And the Hollywood Foreign Press had to weigh the differences between a comedy and a drama for its Golden Globes. Jack Nicholson told Variety‘s Army Archerd that “About Schmidt” is a comedy. But New Line submitted it to the Globes as a drama. Fox Searchlight submitted “The Good Girl” as a comedy. “But I said, ‘I don’t understand, I didn’t laugh!’ One of the lead characters kills himself!” HFPA prez Dagmar Dunlevy exclaims. But Fox Searchlight came back “with four inches of reviews describing it as ‘a darkly hilarious comedy.” The org also had to weigh whether “8 Mile” is a musical. Is suicide funny? Is rap really music? Is “Adaptation” an adaptation? Clearly, awards voters have to decide on cosmic issues.