Well, let me rephrase that: it's irrelevant. It's very much a Made-for-TV movie. For whatever reason, Jay Roach has laid claim to the Made-for-TV Politi-Fix HBO series and he's pretty awful at it. If this was going to be a theatrical release, it would not be directed by Jay Roach and the budget would be three times bigger. So we'd be talking about an entirely different film with an entirely stronger emotional grasp.
Honestly, I don't think she would have been a factor. I think Julianne Moore is a terrific actress, and I was disappointed she wasn't up for A Single Man a few years ago, but her performance as Palin would not have been Oscar-worthy.
With a real director like Mike Nichols and a theatrical feel and she'd be a goddamn mortal lock.
They tried to seem like they were being "fair," and from their standpoint they probably were sincere, but I thought some moments were obviously made up to make her look more clueless than she really was.
Are you serious? By all accounts, she was a ruinous terror on the campaign trail.
Maybe the bulk of the Academy agreed with that portrayal, but regardless the whole project was very "TV movie" style. There wasn't anything cinematic about it.
You did it! You're back on the truth train. I completely agree with you. A totally anonymous production visually and tonally. There's one awesome moment where Woody Harrelson eats a grapefruit while grilling Moore on a plane but everything else is just coverage. There are few directors more boring than Jay Roach tackling contemporary politics.
Besides, with most members predisposed to not liking Sarah Palin, they might have felt like they were voting for her rather than Moore, and would have avoided doing so.
Then again, the Emmy voters did it, so I could be wrong. Just to clarify, even though I have a bias in this (since I voted for the McCain/Palin ticket) I defended the idea of someone making this movie to friends who said it would be a hatchet job. It wasn't quite that, but it clearly would not have been Oscar material.
Not a hatchet job, a wiki-film. Take this movie exactly and drop it into the theaters and Julianne Moore is a lock for a nomination over Naomi Watts. People talk about her winning and then they see the film, it's all right, and she struggles against Jennifer Lawrence for the Golden Globe and likely loses. Put some oomph behind the film (and just to be fair, keep it the exact same script) and the film would likely make it into the Best Picture lineup.
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