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Will 'Zodiac' ambush the Oscar derby?

September 22, 2006 | 11:06 am


That savvy Oscarologist Pete Hammond (film critic for Maxim, Oscar contributor to Variety) reminds us: "Two years ago, eventual Best Picture Oscar victor 'Million Dollar Baby' had not even been officially announced as a 2004 release. Warner Bros. didn’t do that until September 30th and the film wasn’t screened for select press until mid-November when its heavy courtship with Oscar began in earnest."

In his new weekly Oscar column at, Pete adds, "Is that scenario in the cards for David Fincher’s 'Zodiac?' This adaptation of the Robert Graysmith book about the notorious Zodiac serial killer who roamed San Francisco in the '60s and '70s is currently scheduled to open through domestic distributor Paramount on January 19, 2007. Fincher is now completing editing and mixing and the film should be pretty much wrapped in a couple of weeks. Sources are saying it is brilliantly made with great performances across the board. The cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Edwards. And even though Fincher’s hard edged previous films ('Fight Club,' 'Panic Room,' 'Se7en') have received a grand total of 2 Academy nods in tech categories, this is said to be the one that could change that pattern." Read more — CLICK HERE!

Photo: Robert Downey Jr. (seated in car) portrays a suspect cornered by investigator Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Zodiac.'