Mud kicks off the Oscar race


Oscar season has officially begun. No, it wasn’t heralded with a parade or sacrificial burning of last year’s victor (though Ben Affleck has been flamed plenty recently for his Batman casting).

Rather, it was kicked off in subdued fashion by Roadside Attractions, who became the first distributor to send Academy voters screeners of a movie.

That movie was Jeff Nichols’ Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey.

One of the year’s biggest indie hits, it grossed an impressive $21 million during the crowded blockbuster period at the multiplex.

Despite McConaughey playing the title character (and being featured on the poster), Roadside is asking he be considered for Best Supporting Actor.

This is to keep McConaughey from having to compete against himself in the Best Actor race, where he is considered a likely nominee for Dallas Buyers Club.

Though Mud may be too small to garner a Best Picture nom, by landing in voters’ hands this early, it has a good shot at an Original Screenplay nomination.

It, of course, helps that the film is really good too.

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