In addition to his own film, Clooney is already going to be busy with the Oscar campaign for Gravity. In 2011, Clooney had his own film, The Ides of March, as well as Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, for which he was nominated for his acting performance.
According to a report in IndieWire, the film is skipping the festival circuit altogether. Ultimately, it sends a message that the World War 2 period piece is “more commercial than awards-worthy.”
However, there is precedent in avoiding the festival circuit.
Clooney has decided that he wants to follow the high road taken by Martin Scorsese with “The Departed.” He was tired of the awards slog that he had gone through on “Gangs of New York” and “The Aviator” and decided to sit that one out. The movie won four Oscars including picture and director. Clooney should be so lucky.
Given his track record, the multi-hyphenate Clooney does not really need to use the festival circuit and numerous sit-down interviews to sell the movie. If it gains traction as an Oscar contender, so be it. If it does not, it was not meant to be.
Sony is releasing the film on December 18, 2013.