Yesterday Variety.com deputy editor Anne Thompson posted on her Thompson on Hollywood blog her summertime preliminary awards-contender list for the next Oscars.
Channing Tatum's highly-anticipated war drama Stop-Loss, which is directed and written by Kimberly Pierce, is on the list for Best Original Screenplay. Here is the entire list that she recommended for the awards category:
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Noah Baumbach (Margot at the Wedding); Matthew Michael Carnahan (Lions for Lambs); Paul Haggis (In the Valley of Elah); Michael Hirst & William Nicholson (The Golden Age); Tamara Jenkins (The Savages); Steven Knight (Eastern Promises); Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me); Kimberly Pierce (Stop-Loss); Kelley Sane (Rendition); Paul Schrader (The Walker).
Even though that's the only place the movie is mentioned in the article, it is good that the film is on the radar, because that will give Channing and the rest of the cast a lot more attention when the film comes out. The more positive attention the film gets, the more chance that Channing and the other cast could end up on the nomination lists for the Oscars and the other awards shows.
Everyone who I have spoken with who attended pre-screening of the movie has said that Channing's performance is exceptional in the film, so we should just all just keep our fingers crossed that the critics and award show voters feel the same way.
Stop-Loss will hopefully release in the US on March 28, 2008.
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