It seems to me that the Oscar run that wasn’t going to be may now be on track. Pond writes that, despite a gotcha catch by InContention‘s Guy Lodge that the film was on last year’s reminder list — not for nothing, Steve Pond is a good man to know this time of year. He is great at always getting the official word from the AMPAS:
The reminder list is compiled before the end of the year, and does not always accurately reflect the films that end up qualifying.
TheWrap has obtained email exchanges between the Academy and production company Cinesavvy Inc. from November and December 2009. In November Cinesavvy asked for details about the submission process, but the following month ‚Äì after the reminder list had been compiled ‚Äì it informed the Academy that the film would not be opening in 2009 after all.
In those emails, the Academy told Cinesavvy that that the film could be resubmitted in 2010 without eligibility problems.
On Tuesday, an Academy spokesperson confirmed to theWrap that ‚ÄúFrankie & Alice‚Äù was not eligible in 2009, and that it would qualify this year if it has its week-long Los Angeles run and meets other AMPAS requirements.
Berry does make an impression, considering we are looking at an all-white cast so far for this year’s Oscars. It has to be one of the least diverse lineups in recent years, with not one African American contender to be found. The only slight chance for one might come from Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls.
Either way, welcome to the jungle, Ms. Berry.