Duncan Jones’s grassroots campaign for Sam Rockwell

Posted by · 9:13 am · October 19th, 2009

MoonDuncan Jones is quite the intrepid fellow.  He has a fairly consistent presence on Twitter, always notifying of the recent ups and downs of his 2009 sci-fi effort “Moon.” (Most recently the film cleaned up at Spain’s Sitges Fantastic Film Festival.)  But mostly the director just seems anxious to get the word out on an expertly crafted film that he’s clearly proud of.

So of course a grassroots campaign to land Sam Rockwell a Best Actor Oscar nomination is right up his alley, and as you know, I’m all for it“Moon” is the kind of film that really needs this kind of dig-your-heels-in effort because, despite working out nicely in Sony Pictures Classics’ conservative (i.e., successful) distribution philosophy, still doesn’t have the reach and blanket exposure that it needs for this kind of thing.

Of course, grassroots campaigns have fizzled out in the past.  And if we’re being realistic, there’s probably no chance in hell that Rockwell can get the consideration he deserves; it would take a concentrated screening, wining and dining sort of effort that is just not in the cards.  But I like Jonses’s moxie.

Go over to ManMadeMovies for more and sign the online petition if you like.  Also: #samrockwelloscar.  A fan-made poster for the effort after the jump.


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  • 1 10-19-2009 at 9:19 am

    James D. said...

    Duncan Jones had a presence on the IMDb page for Moon. Loved the movie, but I really root for a guy like that, answering questions and addressing criticism.

    I believe the DVD release is in December. It could certainly pick up momentum.

  • 2 10-19-2009 at 10:20 am

    DHE said...

    Great. Can we have one for Sharlto Copley too? District 9 is also coming out on DVD in December. (Not to mention more people saw it in the theater anyway…)

  • 3 10-19-2009 at 11:02 am

    Ivan said...

    It´s time to recognize Rockwell´s work!
    Previously snubbed…
    Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
    The Assassination of Jesse James

  • 4 10-19-2009 at 11:07 am

    Ben M. said...

    Yeah, cool for Duncan Jones to push for his star (who was impressive) but I just can’t see the academy going for this even if Rockwell were to win a major critics awards, Indie Spirit nom seems possible if the film is eligible.

  • 5 10-19-2009 at 11:46 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Agree with Ben. Best of luck to Jones, but this won’t be Rockwell’s year.

  • 6 10-23-2009 at 7:58 pm

    Kevin said...

    Ivan : You forgot The Green Mile. He was by far the best thing in that movie…