George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men” moves to 2014!

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Holy crap, another huge potential Oscar nominee has dropped out of this year’s race!

We already saw Nicole Kidman‘s Grace Of Monaco move out of contention, then Steve Carell‘s Foxcatcher followed suit.  Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Wolf Of Wall Street is considering hitting the highway to the new year as well, but now Hollywood’s leading man George Clooney has packed up shop and abandoned 2013.  The Monuments Men starring an Oscar-friendly cast including Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, and John Goodman has decided to move to an undetermined 2014 date.

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They are citing the fact that they need more time to complete the visual effects, but “not being able to finish the movie in time” is rarely the actual reason. I noticed a worrisome sign when Sony released a new trailer that had a completely different tone from the first one.  The first look at The Monuments Men was a lighthearted take on the WWII flick (it was like a 1940s Ocean’s Eleven), but the new trailer gave it a much more serious tone ala Saving Private Ryan.  To have such a huge tonal shift between two trailers shows that something is going on behind the scenes. You have to assume that the first trailer wasn’t received very well, so they decided to try something different.  Not a good sign.

banner3Sony, the studio releasing The Monuments Men, just released Captain Phillipswhich has gotten rave reviews and pulled in audiences, and it has the buzzed-about American Hustle (David O. Russell‘s new flick with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence) coming as well, so they might have decided those two films would their primary Oscar pushes, so there was no money left to push Men as well.

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So you can forget about Cate Blanchett being a double nominee for this and lead actress for Blue Jasmine, and George Clooney can now put all his effort into pushing his supporting turn in Gravity. 

The Oscar race is cutthroat and there will always be victims of the race. These Men are just the latest.

What do you think? Were you excited to see The Monuments Men?


2 Comments

  1. teri October 23, 2013 3:50 am  Reply

    It’s such a crowded field already, with more to come. It’s not a bad idea imo. Of course, we don’t know how much competition it could have next year, but pushing back the date is an interesting and possibly Oscar-saving maneuver. George’s influence in endorsing Gravity now, cannot be underestimated, a thought which doesn’t thrill me all that much.
    I don’t see a nomination for him in that film, even though I really liked his persona.

    • Graeme O'Neil October 23, 2013 6:27 pm  Reply

      Yeah, Clooney won’t be nominated for Gravity, but he could be willing to campaign for Gravity for Best Picture and for Cuaron and Bullock.

      But I think this is a case of the film not being up to snuff. The Wrap is now reporting that Clooney is worried about the tone of the film. It’s not testing as he wants it to. He’s trying to find the balance between the comedy and the drama, and not making too much light of WWII. Seems like my point about the major tonal shift in the trailers was on point.

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