This year’s Oscar crowd just keeps getting thinner. After The Weinsteins talked last week about possible delays for The Road and The Reader that would potentially put them out of the running for the Academy Awards, Paramount announced a delay of their own that would relocate the upcoming Jamie Foxx/Robert Downey Jr. drama The Soloist to March. It’s pretty obvious that the movie was originally conceived to be a blatant Oscar bid (B.O.B.), so a lot of the people involved are none too pleased about a move that will make it ineligible for this year’s Oscars. Paramount is citing the economic downturn as the main reason; they needed to cut costs this fall and felt that The Soloist could still do well commercially if it was released early next year instead.
While Jamie Foxx and director Joe Wright don’t have anything else to fall back on, Robert Downey Jr.’s people have a back up plan: to push for a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in Tropic Thunder! Wow, I thought that was nothing more than idle fanboy chatter, but apparently the studio is actually going to launch a campaign for it. Considering how little competition there is this year, he may even have a shot! I have a feeling we may also see more nominations for movies like The Dark Knight or even Wall-E this year too. It should be interesting either way. Do you think RDJ should be nominated for Tropic Thunder?