Writer/director Duncan Jones has his Twitter in a twist and the internet has its collective underoos in a bunch over Sony Pictures Classics’ decision not to send out screeners in an effort to get Moon star Sam Rockwell an Oscar nomination.
I liked Moon, I loved Sam Rockwell in it and I absolutely believe he’s deserving of a nomination (yes, he’s better than current flavor of the minute Jeff Bridges [who I also love]), but here’s the thing: Sony is only going to spend money to make money. Moon is already played out and a Sam Rockwell Oscar nomination (which is a long shot) might get a little more action for them when the film hits the US on DVD (most Moon nerds already picked up the UK region free blu-ray), but not enough to make up what they’d have to spend to mount a real campaign.
In a perfect world not based on profit, Sony would be moving heaven and earth to earn Sam Rockwell a nomination. Hell, the poor under-appreciated bastard practically deserves a career achievement Oscar already, but Sony would be crazy to go out of their way to get him one.
It sucks, but there it is. Welcome to the cold hard world of art in a capitalist society.
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