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Shutter Island Banished to No-Oscar Island (i.e., February)

Is it getting hot next February, or is it just the movies pushed there from their original fall release dates? First, Universal's The Wolfman got bumped from November, and today Nikki Finke reports that Martin Scorsese's Leonardo DiCaprio–starring Shutter Island, which was to open on October 2, will hit theaters on February 19, where its Oscar chances are likely nil. Finke's studio source claims badness wasn't the impetus, but rather Paramount's lack of $50 million to market a "big awards pic" like this one in 2009. Her optimistic source further insists the Academy's expansion of the category this year to ten slots means Shutter still has a shot at the 2011 ceremony. We are dubious!

SHOCKER! Paramount Moves Scorsese's 'Shutter Island' To February 19, 2010 [DHD]

Photo: Courtesy of Paramount