Tuesday, December 1, 2009

AlphaBits: Paramount Pushing 'Star Trek' For Oscar Nod

No one ever thought when Paramount Pictures announced it was doing a new "Star Trek" movie that such a film could ever even begin to be considered for Oscar nomination.

But then again, no one thought the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would expand its Best Picture nominees to 10.

Paramount isn't letting this one slip away. The studio will send out screeners of three of its films to potential Oscar voters Dec. 8, according to The Los Angeles Times, including J.J. Abrams' recent film, "Up in the Air" and "The Lovely Bones."

Unfortunately, there is a lot of competition for those 10 slots, and "Star Trek" has one disadvantage: It's a space-faring story, and those don't do too well among the Hollywood elite.

However, at the same time, "Star Trek" was one of the best-reviewed movies of 2009, second only to "Up," according to Rotten Tomatoes. So maybe there is enough push there to get it on the final ballot.