Oscar season is looking a bit different and October a little less creepy now that the release date for Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island has reportedly been pushed back to 2010. The Leonardo DiCaprio thriller was originally scheduled to hit theatres on October 2nd, but according to Deadline Hollywood Daily, Paramount has decided to slide it all the way back to February. Why would they do such a thing for a movie that would seem to have Oscar potential written all over it?
Word on the street is that Paramount can’t afford to spend the money on an Oscar campaign for the movie, and also that DiCaprio would not be available to help promote the movie overseas. They’re still hoping that with the new 10 Best Picture nominee system, it will have a good chance of getting nominated next year even if they release it in February. Either way, it’s unfortunate for moviegoers who have been really looking forward to the film as a nice alternative to Saw VI around Halloween. As for this year’s Oscar race, it’s looking pretty empty right now. The only obvious ones are The Lovely Bones, Nine and Clint Eastwood’s Invictus… will we see something like District 9 sneak in there as well?