George Clooney out of Best Director Oscar race as Monuments Men pushed back to 2014
The actor was concerned the effects would look 'cheesy' without an extra month to give the film some added polish
Wednesday 23 October 2013
Any hopes George Clooney had of picking up the Oscar for Best Director will have to wait at least another year, as his new film The Monuments Men has been pushed back to 2014 and out of awards contention.
The movie, which follows a group of art historians and academics as they try to rescue artworks looted by the Nazis, was thought to have been a major contender for multiple Academy Awards based on Clooney's past reputation.
The actor-director won a Best Supporting Actor gong for his role in Syriana in 2005, and joined Ben Affleck in bagging the Best Picture award for Argo at this year’s ceremony (he served as a producer on the film).
But Clooney, who also has a role in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity opposite Sandra Bullock, said it hadn't been possible to complete the visual effects in time for its December release date.
He told the Los Angeles Times: "We just didn't have enough time. If any of the effects looked cheesy, the whole movie would look cheesy. We simply don't have enough people to work enough hours to finish it."
Clooney and his production partner Grant Heslov arrived in London this week to score the film, but they soon realised they were facing an impossible task.
"I looked at Grant and said, 'We're dying,'" he said. "It was a mad rush to do it from the very beginning."
Clooney said he was glad to get an extra month to finish the film, as he wouldn't want to have his name on something that looks as though it "was all done in the computer".
He didn't appear to be too hurt by the idea of dropping out of the Oscar race, saying: "All we've ever said, from the very beginning, is that we wanted to make a commercial, non-cynical piece of entertainment."
The Monuments Men is now expected to be released in the first quarter of next year.
TV reviewGrace Dent: Jimmy McGovern's new drama sheds light on sex slavery in the colonies
Arts & Ents blogs
Fifty Shades of Grey banned by Indian censors despite sex scenes being edited out
The 9 rules every Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoon had to follow are wonderfully pedantic
India's Daughter: BBC Four documentary provokes outrage on Twitter
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Banished, TV review: McGovern magic goes missing in a contrived and soppy period piece
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests