Leo versus Leo: It's Oscar war!
Paramount just shot a new volley in its war against Warner Bros. over their Leonardo DiCaprio movies battling for Oscar glory. Paramount just shipped this "Shutter Island" mailer to the 2,100 voters on the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominating committee plus members of various groups of film critics who dispense laurels. Meantime, the studio also shipped 6,000 DVD screeners to all academy members to arrive in time for Thanksgiving.
Most Oscarologists have been focusing on DiCaprio's performance in Warners' "Inception," but the Paramount mailer suggests that his screen turn in "Shutter Island" deserves greater attention from trophy groups. Among the rah-rah quotes on the mailer is Richard Roeper insisting, "DiCaprio gives a nomination-worthy performance." The mailer lists upcoming screenings of "Shutter Island" to attend in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and London.
What's on the back side is most curious: a gallery of highlights of DiCaprio's career, including his Oscar-nominated turns in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993), "The Aviator" (2004) and "Blood Diamond" (2006). Paramount was instrumental in helping American Cinematheque mount a tribute to DiCaprio's oeuvre at the Egyptian Theater the weekend of Nov. 13-14 with DiCaprio making a live appearance and director Martin Scorsese being beamed in via satellite following a screening of "Shutter Island."
The studio message to award voters is indirect, but clear: This is the Leo movie to embrace this year. To get a larger view of the photos below, click on each pic.
-- Tom O'Neil
Photos: Tom O'Neil / For Los Angeles Times