Here’s why the BFCA snubbed ‘Revolutionary Road’

Posted by · 11:29 am · December 9th, 2008

I didn’t think about this at the time this morning, because of course, I do the diligence of going to the screenings.  But DVDs of “Revolutionary Road” and “Defiance” did not arrive on our doorsteps until late last week, in some cases, as late as Friday.  Even though the voting deadline was Sunday, I’m sure most of the members across the country had already voted without seeing the film.  It’s the only reason I can think of that the film would be ignored across the board.  I mean, at the very least Michael Shannon would have shown up.  His performance has been cherished by critics in many quarters.  So keep it in mind, these snubs only mean that a large portion of the group didn’t see the film.

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  • 1 12-09-2008 at 11:34 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    They should quit all this nonsense and have all films released in November the latest. Not December. Fixes all the problems and draws a lot more attention that way.

  • 2 12-09-2008 at 11:35 am

    Chris said...

    I’m relieved to hear that. This complete shut-out absolutely shocked me.

  • 3 12-09-2008 at 11:39 am

    Simone said...

    Yeah, this just demonstrates how stupid it is for heavy oscar contenders to wait til December to release their movies and risk being lost in the shuffle. I wonder when this will ever change.

  • 4 12-09-2008 at 11:45 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Come on guys. Sam Mendes was off prepping stuff like “Middlemarch.” He didn’t even get back into the editing room until October. He worked at his own pace so if you have a beef, it’s with him, not with the studio or marketing team.

  • 5 12-09-2008 at 11:58 am

    Sean O'Connell said...

    But the movie was finished in plenty of time to screen prior to noms, Kris. We saw it in Charlotte on Wednesday and Friday of last week (with ballots due by Sunday). Plenty of time to watch. And plenty of time for Vantage to book screenings in markets with BFCAers (if they wanted to).

    Vantage went out of their way to make sure I saw ROAD in time to nominate it. But I found the film to be disappointing. Sometimes a snub isn’t a snub. It’s justice.

  • 6 12-09-2008 at 12:24 pm

    Rob said...

    I’m sure that the BFCA snubs are hardly conclusive. I was very surprised that Kristen Scott Thomas wasn’t in there, but Jolie was.

    What a bizzare choice.

  • 7 12-09-2008 at 4:15 pm

    Aaron said...

    I think this is an excuse. I’ve had a feeling for awhile that Revolutionary Road is going to disappoint. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think EVERYONE in this film (with the exclusion of Michael Shannon) is very vulnerable to be snubbed by Oscar time…

  • 8 12-09-2008 at 4:43 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It’s not an excuse, it’s the truth.

  • 9 12-09-2008 at 5:12 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Well it’s the truth but still has to do with scheduling. If the plan to finish it for a november release there wouldn’t have been these problems.

  • 10 12-10-2008 at 3:50 am

    Glenn said...

    Heaven forbid this terrible awards group – who only exist to become Oscar forecasters – made up of actual critics should have to see the movies before voting. That’s just silly.

    Clearly they figured Jolie added more space (and more JustJared word length) than Kristen Scott Thomas.

  • 11 12-10-2008 at 8:18 pm

    yopla said...

    Kris :
    You still didn’t see “i’ve loved you so long” so bfca members when did you recieved the dvd for this movie (since you mentioned RR and all) ?