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. [See full-size Robert Pattinson David Cronenberg NYSE photo.]

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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