Paolo Virzi’s The Leisure Seeker has played at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals to mixed reaction. The road pic comedic drama features Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren as an aging couple embarking on a final trip.
First things first – the so-so critical reaction (63% currently on Rotten Tomatoes) will keep it far from seeking a Best Picture nomination. The already packed Best Actress race will eliminate previous winner Mirren from contention.
Sutherland, on the other hand, could be a different story. The 82 year-old thespian has been a fixture on the silver screen for decades and recently introduced himself to a whole new generation of moviegoers in The Hunger Games franchise. Yet he’s never been nominated for an Oscar.
It was just recently announced that Sutherland will receive a Lifetime Achievement award at next year’s ceremony. Perhaps some of the voters might consider it a cherry on top to give the actor his first official nod. Additionally, the Best Actor race (save for Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour) looks fairly wide open right now though that certainly may change.
Bottom line: Sutherland is probably a long shot, but the possibility of his inclusion is worthy of mention.
My Oscar Watch posts will continue…