Thursday, December 14, 2006

Clint The Sneak

Marty take note.

Clint is a genius.

Two years ago, Clint came in under the radar with a small film called Million Dollar Baby. It was released December 15th. Overnight, it was a sensation garnering a slew of awards including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards.

Guess what? He's doing it again. Letters from Iwo Jima hasn't even gotten a general release (it's due out December 20) but yet on December 6th, the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures named it best film. And on December 10th, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association named it best picture. Clint is also nominated in the best director category of the Golden Globes twice for Letters and Flags of our Fathers.

Some marketers believe that a movie needs to gain momentum before entering awards time which is why most Oscar contenders get released in October. But not Dirty Harry.

My advice to Marty is to get ahold of Clint's schedule book, find out when he's not releasing a movie and then make a run for the Oscars. Until then, it's Clint's world and we're just watching.

1 comment:

Robin Knight said...

Is it a strategy? A Dirty Harry move? Or just coincidence?

Does it matter? I have to believe the only surprise in a movie like Million Dollar Baby taking so many awards came from the fact that the others thought they had it sewn up. Out in October instead of out in December, my guess is that movie would've still kicked everybody's ass.

Can't wait to see Letters. When I do, I'll sit in the theater and smile, thinking about Dirty Harry making his move.