Twitter Storm over Moon and a lack of Academy Screeners

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Just for the record, I know that Sony Pictures sent out awards screeners for lesser-seen films like The White Ribbon, The Last Station, An Education, as well as for mainstream titles like Julie & Julia, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and District 9. Yet, the studio has failed to recognize Moon, another little-seen film of 2009 that should get Academy Award consideration. Sure, call me a homer for liking the film (it was in my Top 10 of 2009 after all), but Sony Pictures’ excuse on the matter sounds more like a cop out.

The film’s director, Duncan Jones, has been on the Net tweeting about the situation with the fans of Moon, because a lack of screeners kneecaps any chances of the film (specifically Sam Rockwell) at having a shot at Oscar consideration.

Among Jones’ tweets Wednesday, are these references to Sony and its decision:

“we have more than asked.. we’ve knocked heads. they have chosen the films they are backing & we are not in their plans.

“They say it costs too much for our little film as they would need to be water-marked copies as our DVD isnt out yet in the US.”

Among the supporters offering to help in the effort is author Neil Gaiman (Stardust, Neverwhere). Supporters have tweeted that Jones should get Jon Favreau (director of Iron Man) to rally for the cause, since Favreau is rumored to be disappointed by Sony’s disinclusion of Moon.

Frankly, if the studio was to have said that it feels that Sam Rockwell’s chances are slim because of a top heavy Best Actor race, I could accept that. But the excuse of water-marked DVDs costing so much is just really cheap.

If you want to join the cause and sign a petition to support Moon, you can find the petition here.

Source: Risky Business Blog

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