Globe voters will see 'Factory Girl,' but SAG voters?
Kudos snoops have wondered lately: will "Factory Girl" really get out of the gate in time for the derby?
Studio chief Harvey Weinstein announced late this year that the Edie Sedgwick biopic would make a last-minute dash into the best-actress race, but production got stalled as Harvey demanded reshoots that were still going on weeks ago.
Reportedly, lovely Sienna Miller is so dazzling as Andy Warhol's doomed party brat that kudos seers believe she could pose a strong challenge to the many, ahem, mature gals leading that matchup now — like Helen Mirren ("The Queen"), Judi Dench ("Notes on a Scandal") and Meryl Streep ("The Devil Wears Prada"). After all, The Babe Factor — as you read here often at Gold Derby — is a major one at showbiz awards and could be a big factor with "Factory."
But as of early this week the movie still wasn't on the schedule for Golden Globe voters to see it before the early-December deadline for their nom ballots. Considering Globe voters saw "Apocalypto" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" over the past few days, the only major films still left unseen are "The Good Shepherd" (which they'll see on Monday) and "Factory Girl."
Yesterday the Weinstein Co. scheduled a screening next week with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Just in time. But what about "the shut-ins"? Legend has it that five or six senior members of HFPA aren't well enough to attend screenings, so must view everything at home on DVD. Considering that there are only 90 voters, 5 or 6 can make a big difference. They will not see "Factory Girl," "Good Shepherd," "Apocalypto" and a few other leading contenders. Tomorrow (Friday) Globe nomination ballots get mailed out.
So do SAG ballots. Harvey's Oscar soldiers are booking screening rooms madly to accommodate members of the nominating committee on both coasts, but there are more than 2,000 of them. Will enough see it in time? Ballots aren't due till Jan. 2, but showbizzers who vote for awards tend to vote early, usually within two weeks of receiving their ballots. Noms will be announced on Jan. 4.
Meantime, forget about the possibility of Sienna winning the New York or L.A. film critics's awards. Most of those voters will probably not see "Factory Girl" before balloting on Dec. 10 and 11. Those groups are too large, with widely scattered members, to get organized in time. The National Board of Review reveals winners on Dec. 6. That group is small enough for Harvey to hornswaggle into seeing it, but I don't know if his minions managed to set up a screening in time.
Photo: Sienna Miller portrays society brat Edie Sedgwick opposite Guy Pearce as Andy Warhol in "Factory Girl," which will released to theaters in limited run on Dec. 29.