With so many potential awards’ players pushed into the following year, is there any hope in terms of possible recognition for them? Were there any similar cases in the past that some film came out one year later than initially planned and were nominated for anything major?
Gangs of New York was pushed back a year and received 10 nominations, though it notably failed to win any.
Apocalypse Now was pushed back a year and won a few Oscars, and was nodded for Picture/Director.
Jessica Lange won Best Actress for Blue Sky three(?) years after the film was completed.
Gravity was pushed back a year and is poised to be a major Oscar player this coming season.
The Hurt Locker!
There is hope!
Beginners, Crash, Away With Her all had Toronto film fest premieres then got Oscar noms more than a year later.
How the West Was Won opened outside the US in 1962, in US and Oscar qualified 1963.
As far as productions delayed and dates changed, that happens all the time.
Apparently Immigrant has been officially pushed to 2014.
The Hurt Locker had a slightly different scenario in that it was never delayed, still is an interesting example for the topic. It came out for the Venice Film Festival in 2008 (and Toronto a few weeks later), and then its wide release was set for the following summer against Twilight. There’s a great one-hour DP/30 video with Boal and Greg Shapiro about the film if anyone’s interested. It actually qualified for and won Indie Spirit Awards in winter 2009. The creative process of editing and completing the film was never delayed (so no negative press as you might see for delayed films today, a la a Shutter Island)…there was just a large gap between the first time Hurt Locker was seen and its release to the public, during which Bigelow and Boal built strong support in the critics community. It was astonishing then when they won NY Film Critics in December 2009, leading the way to the DGA, Bafta, and Oscar industry wins in early spring 2010 (an Olympics year). What’s also amazing is that the film was shot way back in 2007, and the story originated even earlier…so it was a half of a decade time from conception to Bigelow accepting the directing Academy Award.
Hurt Locker actually played theatrically in Italy in 2008 right after Venice, thus becoming the first American film to win best picture that opened in another country the year before its US release.