So there I was browsing through The Hollywood Reporter’s website and look what I saw, animated at the top of the page… take a look at the banner below.
It should be no secret by now that Focus Features plans to push Dee Rees’ Pariah as an Oscar contender; I didn’t realize that they were pushing in just about every major category… until now anyway.
So, not only is Adepero Oduye (who’s smiling face fills the For Your Consideration banner you see) being promoted as a potential Best Actress nominee (what we’ve long expected), but Focus is also going for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, etc, etc, etc…
As I do every year, I’ll revisit this when I do my annual “black Oscar potentials” list in January or so.
For now… bravo to Dee Rees, producer Nekisa Cooper (whom I met for the very first time over the weekend), and the rest of the crew and cast. We’re certainly all rooting for you over here, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this campaign shakes out in the end, when nominees are announced early next year.