Can ‘Tropic Thunder’ Score Robert Downey Jr. an Oscar Nomination?


OF COURSE NOT. Even so, Paramount will be pushing Downey in the Best Supporting Actor category now that the studio's moved his The Soloist from a planned release on November 21 to March 29 of next year. The delay isn't because there's anything wrong with Soloist — in which Downey stars as an L.A. Times columnist who befriends a homeless, schizophrenic violinist played by Jamie Foxx — but because the studio wants to cut its publicity costs for 2008 (they're also bumping Daniel Craig's Defiance back to December 31, for a total savings of $60 million to $70 million). But forget for a minute that Thunder is a comedy, which already pretty much disqualifies it from awards consideration — isn't Downey's blackface role as Kirk Lazarus (in which he's totally excellent) meant to mock obvious Oscar-baiting parts that the Academy always nominates (like his other role in The Soloist, presumably)? When was the last time somebody got a nod doing that?

Paramount Delaying 2 Oscar-Buzzed Pics [Deadline Hollywood Daily]