Hooray, the Oscar nominations are a thing and we can move on with Awards Season! But don't forget, we're also in the glut of winter releases, notoriously where studios dump their shaggiest of dogs, and sometimes that can lead to some awkward cross-promotions for nominated actors. The most famous case, the horribly received "Norbit," came out in early February and is believed to have cost Eddie Murphy an Oscar for "Dreamgirls" in 2007. So who's running that risk this year? Why, only the odds-on-favorites in the two biggest races.
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First up, Julianne Moore pretty much has the race tied up for her stellar work in "Still Alice," but ads have already started hitting TV for "Seventh Son," the not-great-looking fantasy action film featuring Moore as some sort evil witch. Or at least inspiration for future drag queens. It also co-stars previous Oscar winner Jeff Bridges, who just looks embarrassed to be there.
And then there's Best Actor nominee Eddie Redmayne, who also plays a campy villain in an early February release, this time in the Wachowski's "Jupiter Ascending." The jury is still out on the sci-fi epic, which will likely either be spectacular or a mess. But Redmayne should come out pretty unscathed if it goes bad, since most of the "Jupiter" attention seems to be going to Channing Tatum — the only main "Foxcatcher" actor to not get nominated — and his wolf ears.
One thing is for sure, though. Reps for "Whiplash" star — and Best Supporting Actor favorite — J.K. Simmons are likely doing everything they can to get his goofyFarmers Insuranceads banished from TV screens before Oscar voting gets too ramped up.
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