Writers’ strike too late for Oscar hopefuls

Has writers' strike affected chances for Oscar hopefuls?

The official lifting of the writers’ strike is expected to come as early as today, but it’s no consolation for the studios who hoped to boost their films’ Oscar chances with a raft of slots on late-night talk shows.

Industry magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, heard from one veteran awards consultant who explained: ‘A week or two ago this would have made a difference. But most people already know who they’re voting for, and most of the nominees are already done promoting their films.’

If the official strike is revoked it means the late-night shows, which Oscar nominees usually appear on ahead of the ceremony, will be back on the air.

Voting for the Oscars continues until 19 February, five days before the ceremony itself, but the major campaigning period is considered over now and it is doubtful nominees will do a flurry of last-minute appearances to boost their profile.

Previously, late-night TV shows, in particular The Tonight Show, have been pivotal in raising the profile of Oscar hopefuls. Juliette Binoche’s tour of the chat show circuit in 2000 helped secure her nomination for Chocolat.

This year, actress Marion Cotillard’s surprise best actress Bafta win for La Vie En Rose, has led to speculation over how her chances would have fared for the Oscars, had she toured the chat show circuit.

As a replacement for the late-night shows, many nominees have upped their profile by attending smaller events such as guild screenings and film festival appearances.

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