As you know by now, virtually every American of moviegoing age purchased a ticket to see The Twilight Saga: New Moon since its Friday debut, boosting the critically savaged, but fiercely tween-hearted, sullen-vampire-and-shirtless-werewolf epic to $140 million in ticket sales, the third-best opening weekend result of all time. The staggering success of the film just as the awards season is about to begin in earnest means that whether we like it or not, New Moon has clawed (pun deliciously intentional!) its way into the Best Picture conversation, making us momentarily forget all about the cynical Oscar-bait studios are about to dangle before the Academy between now and Christmas. Confronted with this weekend’s turn of events, Movieline is now forced to evaluate the Best Picture candidacy of Chris Weitz’s gossamer ode to life, love and lycanthropy.
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One cannot turn a blind eye to the craze over the Twilight saga. Fans will get what they want and I can see this popping up on a few categories on the Oscar ballot.
How do you feel about the possibility of New Moon in the running for an Oscar?