The last email I got from Ronni Chasen read as follows:
Wanted to remind you that we are working with Fox on Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and are heavily dedicated to securing a nomination for Michael Douglas in the Best Supporting Actor category. As you know, he won the Best Actor Oscar for playing Gordon Gekko in the original Wall Street in 1988, and his performance in this movie is magnificent. We think he has a really strong chance. Hope you can include him on your contender list, and if you need to chat with him about this directly, please let me know‚Ä¶I will see what I can do.
Ms. Chasen, one of the best in the business, knew already that I had been praising Michael Douglas’ brilliant performance in Wall Street 2 after seeing the film at Cannes in May. She knew it because it’s her job to know it. But she also did what needed to be done. Is there money involved? Of course. They get paid for the contenders they get into the Oscar race. The publicists, though, the Oscar strategists, would not be good at their jobs if it was just about the money.