Why Won't Sony Classics Support an Oscar Campaign for Moon?
by Alex Billington
January 1, 2010
If you're a die-hard supporter of the petition for Sam Rockwell to be nominated for Best Actor for Moon, then you probably already know all about this. But for the rest of you out there that aren't following director Duncan Jones on Twitter, this should (hopefully) come as shocking and surprising news. On Wednesday this week, Jones wrote a few short tweets expressing his dissatisfaction with the way Sony Pictures Classics (the US distributor of Moon) is handling the Oscar campaign (or lack thereof) for Moon. Most notably they never sent out screeners of the movie to Academy members, which has pretty much killed its Oscar chances.
Jones said a few minor things, but the impact his complaints have had is tremendous. Here's what he said:
“We have more than asked… we've knocked heads. They have chosen the films they are backing & we are not in their plans."
"They say it costs too much for our little film as they would need to be water-marked copies as our DVD isn't out yet in the US."
As any smart Blu-Ray addict knows, Moon is already out on Blu-Ray in the UK completely region free. In fact, I imported a copy of that exact Blu-Ray and watched it a few weeks ago. Since writing those tweets, the web has become riled up in support of Jones, Rockwell, and Moon, and in opposition of Sony Pictures Classics (and this isn't the first time that's happened). Sites like SlashFilm, Film School Rejects, We Are Movie Geeks, and Geeks of Doom have all written brilliant articles in support of Jones. Even the industry rag Hollywood Reporter chimed in on all the buzz on Wednesday. But will it make a difference?
I would absolutely love to see Rockwell even at least get nominated. And if that happens, we'll know that it was the fans who were responsible for that achievement, not Sony Pictures Classics (since they're obviously not giving Moon an Oscar capmaign). This is incredibly sad and quite disheartening to hear, especially since Moon deserves all the acclaim it can get (it's one of this year's best sci-fi films). Sure, SPC has a lot of Oscar caliber films to support (like An Education and Un Prophete and The White Ribbon), but Moon is right up there with the rest of them. In fact, I'd say it might even be better than some of those films they're pushing.
So what can you do if you want to support Moon and Sam Rockwell and Duncan Jones? Well, you can follow Duncan on Twitter, read his website for updates, sign the petition, and join the rally in support of the movie. It's not going to help to complain, but it is going to help if Moon continues to gain more and more support from fans. And if all goes to plan, we'll hopefully see Duncan Jones' name in the nominees for Best Actor on February 2nd when the nominations are announced. Until then, I suggest seeing Moon as soon as you can.