The Oscars may be bestowed by an academy, but that group is really a family of film veterans who, like most clans, usually rally together in times of crisis.
Concerns run high in Hollywood right now over Michael Douglas' bout with Stage 4 cancer. On the one hand, his reps profess optimism and Douglas himself says, "I'll beat this," but we also saw Catherine Zeta-Jones recently cut short her work commitments overseas to rush back to the United States to be at his side.
In the current Oscar derby, Douglas competes with two roles: as a failed businessman facing personal and financial woes in "Solitary Man" and as a disgraced former corporate raider in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." Douglas earned his first chunk of academy gold for that same Gordon Gekko role in the first "Wall Street" (1987), of course. Previously, he won an Oscar as producer of best picture "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975).
I'm surprised by Pete Hammond's report at Deadline today that Douglas may opt for the supporting race for "Wall Street 2" so as not to compete against his lead role in "Solitary Man." Was there ever any doubt? Most Oscarologists have assumed that would be the case for months.