On Aug. 12, a Weinstein Co. Oscar warrior told Gold Derby that Meryl Streep would be campaigned in the supporting slot for “August: Osage County”. Even though the film had not yet been seen by industry and media wags, an outcry followed based upon familiarity with the role in the original Broadway play. Back in 2008, Deanna Dunagan won the Tony Award for Best Actress as the pill-popping, tart-tongued Violet, beating her costar Amy Morton as Violet’s frazzled daughter Barbara (played by Julia Roberts on screen). Pitting Streep vs. Roberts in the lead Oscar race seemed risky – perhaps they’d both have better chances to win if separated into different categories?
Now the Weinstein rep tells Gold Derby that the Oscar strategy may change based upon reactions to a final cut of the movie that’s currently being screened to select industry insiders. On Sept. 9, it will debut to a large crowd at the Toronto International Film Festival too, and it’s expected that the general consensus will be that Streep should be bumped back up to lead. Stay tuned. A “final decision” will be announced within days.
The later date for 2014 is not a surprise, with the January 16 nominations announcement coming a week later that the just-completed Oscars. The shift comes thanks to the Winter Olympics being held in Sochi, Russia from February 7-23. If the Academy had kept its traditional last-Sunday-of-February slot, the 86th Oscars would have conflicted directly with the Closing Ceremony. With no such obstacle in 2015, the 87th Oscars will return to its normal routine and is set for February 22. Here’s the official release with all the dates:
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 86th and 87th Oscar® presentations. The 86th and 87th Academy Awards® will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, and February 22, 2015, respectively.
Key dates for the Awards season are:
Saturday, November 16, 2013: The Governors Awards
Monday, December 2, 2013: Official Screen Credits due
Friday, December 27, 2013: Nominations voting begins
Wednesday, January 8, 2014: Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Thursday, January 16, 2014: Oscar nominations announced
Monday, February 10, 2014: Nominees Luncheon
Friday, February 14, 2014: Final voting begins
Saturday, February 15, 2014: Scientific and Technical Awards
Tuesday, February 25, 2014: Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014: 86th Academy Awards
Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015: 87th Academy Awards
The 86th and 87th Academy Awards ceremonies will be held at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.
Looks like Meryl’s in all predictions for nominees for the next year’s Academy Awards. Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Emma Thompson and more are in the list as well.
But looking ahead to the potentials for 2014, as we already have this week with Best Picture and Best Actor, the story’s quite different. On paper, anyway, it looks to be a fiercely competitive year, with a number of legendary actresses in parts that seem tailor-made for awards buzz…if our guesswork is correct. While our other long-distance predictions were fairly reasonable a year ago, Best Actress was something of a disaster, with none of our predictions ending up with nominations. But we’re certainly more confident of things this time around. To see what we’re predicting, take a look below, and you can make your own guesses in the comments section.
Meryl Streep – “August Osage County”
Meryl Streep, playing a character with cancer, in an adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, produced by George Clooney and Harvey Weinstein? What do you think is going to happen? Of course, the more interesting question is whether her win in 2012 for “The Iron Lady” will have any impact on how much of a contender she’ll be, or if voters will want to award fresh blood. Could she tie Katherine Hepburn for four Oscars? Or will the Academy feel that she’s had her moment, at least for the next few years?
It’s 363 days until the 2014 Academy Awards. Actors have not performed and movies have not been seen. Obviously it’s too early to get a read on what films will be nominated in 2014, but with George Clooney, Cormac McCarthy, the Coen brothers, and Cate Blanchett in the mix, we can make some educated guesses.
Best Actress Prediction: Kate Winslet, Labor Day
Predicted nominees:Kate Winslet on the Labor Dayset. (Fame Flynet)
Cate Blanchett – Carol
Kate Winslet – Labor Day
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Shailene Woodley – The Spectacular Now
Streep and Roberts lead the talented cast of August: Osage County, and either could easily claim an Oscar nod. In Gravity, Bullock tackles sci-fi as an astronaut stranded in space, and Woodley has already wowed Sundance audiences as a high schooler who falls in love with a hard-drinking classmate in The Spectacular Now. Our pick, though, is Kate Winslet who stars in Jason Reitman’s adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s 2009 novel about a single mom who gives an escaped convict a ride against her better judgment. Academy voters always love Winslet and Labor Day seems like just the kind of perilous journey to elicit Oscar-worthy huzzahs.