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  • TomHardys
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    One of the greatest actresses of her generation (or of all time according to some people) is facing a tough decision this awards season: what film to promote.

    Apparently and according to NY Times: In a behind-the-scenes scuffle that pits a very big movie, Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” against a very small one, “A Most Violent Year,” Ms. Chastain, a co-star in both, is being blocked from promoting her eye-catching performance as a mob princess in the smaller film.That is because Mr. Nolan and others, for the most part, are enforcing an agreement that says she cannot campaign for any film but Mr. Nolan’s from early October through early December, with the exception of her appearance at the premiere on Thursday, according to people briefed on the dispute. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject for both sides.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/business/media/jessica-chastain-in-a-publicity-tug-of-war.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0 

    She’s having another insane year. Between this, Miss Julie and Eleanor Rigby (and The Zookeeper’s wife next year) she’s on a roll. What do you have to say about this situation and what are your insights on what nominations she might garner/what film she should campaign for and in which category? Discuss. 

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    Beyonce
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    #165496

    oh my, she has too many Oscar bait movies coming out at the same time, how ever she will find the time to kiss Academy’s ass in favor of all of those movies?

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    AMG
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    Surely by being there at events & ceremonies etc. she will be promoting herself, not just the one film. Most people know that she is contracted to promo for the one film for the next month, so it may actually help her in a way because people will want to see her in both films, and be bowled over by her in one if not both. I can’t see it stopping her getting a nom for A Most Violent Year over Interstellar, if that’s what catches the voters eyes. 

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    Indonesian
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    #165498

    Her role in A Most Violent Year is far more likely to get a nomination than Interstellar
    and I just can’t believe they actually have these kind of contract’s rule! this is just crazy
    Chastain deserve to be at all events of all her movies, and be judged for awards for all those movies too 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    I think that kind of contract is very useful if there are two equal performances by the same actor/actress, and therefore the academy can focus their votes on one and get the actor nominated. In Chastain’s case, it does seem like her role in AMVY will be far superior to the one in Interstellar, and it could really backfire. I’m seeing Interstellar tomorrow, so I will know then if her performance in it is worthy or not.

    I think that Chastain has such terrific selection of her projects, that she has almost elevated herself above Oscar campaigning. She makes so many great movies each year, that she can just keep being as awesome as she is, and win in a few years in a year where she has an extraordinary performance and sweeps the entire season. She will get her Oscar, I just don’t think it will be this year.

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    The situation is clear. People keep predicting her for everything before they know anything about her performance or the film itself. They predicted her for all her 2014 movies so far, but I’m trying to be more careful. I think she can easily miss this year. I don’t buy that she will be nominated for a sci-fi which is not as well-received as we expected (it’s like not even fresh Oscar-winner Cotillard could make the cut for Inception, a much better-received film). The buzz kinda died for Eleanor Rigby and there wasn’t much for Miss Julie. And I heard that she won’t be campaigning for A Most Violent Year (also supp or lead???) so that’s also questionable. 

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    moviefan61794
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    I think campaigning for a specific film won’t hurt or help her. What matters is that we’re seeing Chastain at all during this awards season, and that’s a given. She’ll be out and about, regardless of whether it’s for a specific film. I think the gravitas will shift to a specific role at some point during this season, and the fact that she has this contract where she can only campaign for “Interstellar” won’t make much of a difference. She’ll be talking about “AMVY” (I’m assuming) and “Interstellar” simultaneously. What matters is that she is promoting herself, and she’s definitely doing that. But there are many questionables still to this situation, most of them having to do with “AMVY,” particularly her category placement and, oh ya know, if the movie (and her performance) is actually worthy of recognition. So let’s hold off until we have some answers, and then we’ll talk.

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    Nessie
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    I feel sorry for her. Obviously, these films weren’t all made at the same time, so it’s unfortunate they all come out at the same time. She was so recently publicising Eleanor Rigby, she was all over the place, on every interview/chat show. Now it’s Interstellar. Frankly, I think if she started publicising A Most Violent Year, “Jessica Chastain on chat shows” fatigue might set in! 

    I’m sure Paramount and Warner’s got all the cast of Interstellar locked into agreements concerning non-competition so this isn’t surprising. Actually, I’m a little angry at the producers of A Most Violent Year who are trying to get publicity by – basically – stabbing Jessica in the back. I’m sure Jessica doesn’t want to alienate Nolan, Paramount and Warner’s and this “leaking” only hurts her. 

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    traxton
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    I feel sorry for her. Obviously, these films weren’t all made at the same time, so it’s unfortunate they all come out at the same time. She was so recently publicising Eleanor Rigby, she was all over the place, on every interview/chat show. Now it’s Interstellar. Frankly, I think if she started publicising A Most Violent Year, “Jessica Chastain on chat shows” fatigue might set in! 

    I’m sure Paramount and Warner’s got all the cast of Interstellar locked into agreements concerning non-competition so this isn’t surprising. Actually, I’m a little angry at the producers of A Most Violent Year who are trying to get publicity by – basically – stabbing Jessica in the back. I’m sure Jessica doesn’t want to alienate Nolan, Paramount and Warner’s and this “leaking” only hurts her. 

    I know I jumped quickly on the “Nolan and Paramount are being bullies towards a smaller indie film” bandwagon, but I’m starting to realize that there could be more to this story then what we are led to believe. Perhaps it is like what you said, A24 leaking false accusations or raising a hullabaloo over a minor scheduling conflict for Chastain’s promo activities for both films. Or for all you know it could be from a rival studio of a whole different film leaking such stories to soil Interstellar’s Oscar chances? Remember the shady underhanded controversies of the past over films like Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker, etc, in which odd sources from nowhere come out of the woods to smear a supposed “frontrunner” of the Oscar race.

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    It’s not just about appearing on talk shows. Isn’t she also barred from appearing on private functions, events and screenings? She had to get special permission to walk the red carpet at the premiere of “A Most Violent Year”.

    They scheduled the film really late (as it turns out they had a reason), so it doesn’t matter that she can’t go on tv and talk about “A Most Violent Year” because it won’t even be released until January. What truly matters is that she can’t participate in the “inside stuff” like industry events. So if they hold a screening and Q&A for the SAG nominating committee, being absent could hurt her. And it would be strange in a “here’s our brilliant cast except our leading lady” way.

    Now I really wonder where she ended up on the SAG ballot. Was she even allowed to submit in supporting for “A Most Violent Year”?

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    TomHardys
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    #165505

    There’s a theory surfacing that A24 themselves leaked this information as a way to promote Jessica Chastain and the film.

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    babypook
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    ^

    Looks as if it’s working…….

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    Nessie
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    There’s a theory surfacing that A24 themselves leaked this information as a way to promote Jessica Chastain and the film.

    That sounds logical to me. Doesn’t A24 have a poor reputation for promoting their films? They might live to regret putting Nolan, Paramount and Warner’s collective noses out of joint though. 

    I don’t know about Jessica’s work in their film, but her work in Interstellar certainly warrants a nomination and she can’t get two in supporting. 

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    Emmys2011
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    The interesting thing is that this will put into test the oscars.

    Assuming she gets a nomination for either film, it´ll be interesting to see if academy (and others) go for her in the buzzed (/promoted) and big film, which is likely to be huge at the oscars, or the better/bigger performance and more on the oscars alley in the small film which might not be invited to play at the oscars and wont be as promoted as the former.

    Will they make the right decision?

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    Nessie
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    The interesting thing is that this will put into test the oscars.

    Assuming she gets a nomination for either film, it´ll be interesting to see if academy (and others) go for her in the buzzed (/promoted) and big film, which is likely to be huge at the oscars, or the better/bigger performance and more on the oscars alley in the small film which might not be invited to play at the oscars and wont be as promoted as the former.

    Will they make the right decision?

    Who says she’s better in AMVY? Go see Interstellar and get back to me. 

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