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Robert Pattinson / David Cronenberg COSMOPOLIS Movie Awards Buzz: How Likely?

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As a movie making few (no?) concessions to its audience, David Cronenberg / Robert Pattinson's Cosmopolis needed all the box office buzz it could get.

Following the widely publicized Kristen Stewart / Rupert Sanders “cheating scandal," Pattinson spent several weeks away from the media glare – reportedly at his Water for Elephants co-star Reese Witherspoon's Ojai ranch (northwest of Los Angeles). But Pattinson returned to the spotlight in full force early last week, attending the Museum of Modern Art Cosmopolis premiere, guesting on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show and Good Morning America, and even ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Probably as a result of all that, Cosmopolis had a solid opening in the United States this past weekend.

Now, what about awards-season buzz? Despite a mediocre 55 percent approval rating and 6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics, awards-buzz (and the resulting Oscar buzz) for the David Cronenberg / Robert Pattinson collaboration is not an impossibility. On the other hand, it's not something likely to happen, either.

As a non-American production shot in Canada, chances of Cosmopolis getting shortlisted by the U.S.-indie-oriented Spirit Awards and Gotham Awards are slim – though stranger things have happened. And there's always the “foreign film” category.

Yet, if Cosmopolis is to be remembered at all during awards season, that buzz will likely have to start with the various critics' groups. What's unclear is if the film has enough supporters to ensure its appearance among the critics' year-end award winners – as those tend to be chosen by consensus, oftentimes with the lowest common denominator coming out on top.

Robert Pattinson, David Cronenberg: awards season buzz likely?

Although Robert Pattinson is Cosmopolis – and received mostly strong reviews for his performance as New York billionaire Eric Packer – Paul Giamatti is the one cast member with the best chances of being singled out. Why? Even without taking into account critical disdain for anything associated with the Twilight movies, there's stiff competition in the Best Actor race, while Giamatti's supporting turn in Cosmopolis has often been praised as one of the film's highlights. We'll see.

As for director / screenwriter David Cronenberg, his last major “awards” success with U.S. critics was the much more accessible 2005 thriller A History of Violence, which earned him several Best Director citations. Prior to that, Cronenberg's biggest awards-season hit south of the border – he's quite popular with the Canadian Academy of Film – was more than two decades ago: Naked Lunch back in 1991.

Cosmopolis movie cast

Besides Robert Pattinson and Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man), Cosmopolis also features Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (Sweet and Lowdown, In America), and Cannes Film Festival Best Director winner Mathieu Amalric (On Tour). Plus Sarah Gadon, Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand, Emily Hampshire, and K'Naan. David Cronenberg wrote the screenplay based on Don DeLillo's novel.

Robert Pattinson Cosmopolis movie picture: Alfama Films

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6 Comments to Robert Pattinson / David Cronenberg COSMOPOLIS Movie Awards Buzz: How Likely?

  1. nh

    I read at least one Cannes review that actually recommended giving the Palm d'Or to Cosmopolis. It did not happen, but it was a very encouraging thing to say about a very difficult movie. I think Giamatti is long overdue for an Acadamy Award so more power to him. As for Pattinson, awesome if he gets the recognition, but more than likely Hollywood will say he cannot have it all.

  2. Jordon

    I saw it this weekend and agree that Paul Giamatti has a better chance of getting nominations, but Pattinson carried the film on his shoulders. He's in every scene and he's mesmerizing, you can't take your eyes off of him. He's a good actor and he has star quality. He's been choosing odd indies, flexing his muscles in various directions, but I think that's a good thing. He isn't playing it safe, and he seems to have discovered a great mentor in Cronenberg. He'll get an Oscar nom sooner or later, he's going to continue to work with great directors.

  3. c. harrington

    I saw Cosmopolis at Cannes, and I'm sorry to say it was a huge disappointment, though no doubt a difficult film to do with most of it shot in a limo. Poor Robert Pattinson looked lost in the role, although he seemed to be trying to give it his best. However, he looked like he thought the script was extremely corny (which it was, in my opinion), and I suppose in the Twilight series as well (though I've only seen him in Water for Elephants and Bel Ami). He was actually quite good in Waters and in Bel Ami but in the latter, again suffered from some rather “groan worthy” lines. From what I've seen and heard about this young actor, he has integrity and seems insightful whenever he is interviewed, although rather cryptic. It appears he is quite shy. Perhaps he will one day turn to directing or writing, or perhaps he will be lucky enough to find a script that suits him and is worthy of getting over his embarrassment about the lines he must say.

  4. editor

    That information is there because it's part of the “actual topic.” I'm assuming you've heard of the word “context.”
    Also, the article's first paragraph consists of: “As a movie making few (no?) concessions to its audience, David Cronenberg / Robert Pattinson's Cosmopolis needed all the box-office buzz it could get.”
    So, if you read the mention of the “cheating” first, blame yourself, not us.
    Blame yourself as well for missing out on some good information…

  5. Deena

    hm, I thought this article would be interesting until the first words I read were Kristen, Rupert, cheating and tabloid rumors.
    Next time, please concentrate on the actual topic. People might just read it then.

  6. Sue

    I saw the movie while in new York, I really liked it. Finally a real movie with good actor all around actually acting. The cenimatograpy and the dialogue was great. . The movie made you want to see it again. This type of film making is a thing of the past. CRONENBERG was at his best, filming the unfilmable in such a unique setting. I was really impress by Mr. Pattinson, who spokesd his lines in a charismatic way, which in turn made me wanted to see more and more of his interaction with his different co-star.
    The problem with Hollywood is they are afraid to recognized anything beyond the big Hollywood production.
    Paul's scene with Pattinson was good, but I have to say Pattinson held his own. when Paul took over the scene, I have to say pattinson took it back and when he did it was hard to tell who was the more known of the two.
    Any way bravo to Cronenberg and cast. Excellent performance.