Wednesday, February 25, 2009

IN THE PRESS: Channing Tatum and 'Public Enemies' Chosen as 2010 Oscar Contenders

Channing Tatum's Film 'Public Enemies' with Johnny Depp As many of you know, the 2009 Oscar winners were just announced on Sunday, but weeks before those little accountant-stuffed envelopes were opened and the 'Slumdog Millionaire's hit the stage 8 times to accept every award you could think of, film sites were already predicting which movies may be award contenders in 2010.

I was happy to see that Channing Tatum's drama 'Public Enemies' was on the shortlist as a potential Oscar nominee in all of the articles I read about the 2010 predictions.

The experts feel that the movie could garner nominations for Best Picture, Best Director for Michael Mann, Best Actor for Johnny Depp and/or Christian Bale, and below you will find snippets of an article from the Times Online in the UK that picks our very own Channing Tatum as a possible contender for Best Supporting actor for his role as Pretty Boy Floyd...

Who's tipped for Oscars in 2010?
Somewhere out there there's a low-budget underdog story that may just sweep the board again - By Wendy Ide

Next year's winners may be determined by a set of variables other than the usual factors of box-office and critical acclaim. The worse the financial downturn, the more likely the Academy is to reward feel-good, optimistic crowd-pleasers. This, and the fact that Iraq movies have trouble finding an audience, may rule out the usual Academy favourites Jim Sheridan and Paul Greengrass, for Brothers and Green Zone respectively. Stories of courage should do well, so watch out for Hilary Swank playing the female aviator Amelia Earhart in Mira Nair's Amelia. But there's a year to go and the race is wide open. And somewhere out there there's a low-budget underdog story that may just sweep the board again...

Public Enemies (released July 3, 2009 in the UK)

Johnny Depp and Christian Bale star in Michael Mann's 1930s gangster movie. Depp's turn as violent gangster John Dillinger is a departure for an actor who has been increasingly cast in the likeable maverick role.

But the award goes to: Channing Tatum for Best Supporting Psychotic Pretty Boy...

If all of their predictions pan out, Channing will be in extremely good company, because they also chose the following films as 2010 potential nominees in many of the other categories:
  • Rob Marshall's 'Nine' with Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Sophia Loren

  • Peter Jackson's 'The Lovely Bones'

  • Clint Eastwood's 'The Human Factor' with Morgan Freeman

  • Martin Scorsese's 'Shutter Island' with Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Will Colette's 'Chéri' with Michelle Pfeiffer

  • The Coen Brother's 'A Serious Man'

  • Pedro Almódovar's 'Broken Embraces' with Penélope Cruz

  • Zack Snyder's 'Watchmen'

  • Ang Lee and James Schamus' 'Taking Woodstock' with Demetri Martin, Emile Hirsch, and Paul Dano

As melodramatic as it may sound, the road to the Oscars is not an easy one and is definitely paved in the blood, sweat, and tears of the producers, directors, actors, and below-the-liners that work extremely hard to make the films, so it would be amazing to see Channing and/or this film among the nominees and winners next year.

Let's all keep our fingers crossed that the same talent that won Channing a Special Jury Prize at Sundance and a 2007 Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for his role as Antonio in 'A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints' will also lead him to a future Oscar nod.

Fans can watch the Oscar contenders (both Channing Tatum and 'Public Enemies') when the movie hits theaters on July 1st in the US and July 3rd in the UK. You can CLICK HERE to get a current list of international release dates on the CTU Calendar.

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