WB hopes voters don’t forget about ‘Black Mass’

An intimate Saturday convesation with some key players from Scott Cooper's drama
Johnny Depp and Scott Cooper on the set of 'Black Mass'

It’s been a little over a month since Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass” finished off the trifecta of festivals that is Venice, Telluride and Toronto, but the promotional tour really hasn’t stopped since.  The 45-year-old helmer has been back and forth to Europe having recently just attended the London Film Festival premiere of “Mass.”  He was fighting off jet lag, but happy to chat with some awards season pundits about his crime theater at an intimate reception on Saturday afternoon.

Producer Jon Lesher (coming off a Best Picture win for “Birdman”) was also on hand and seemingly satisfied with the film’s $60 million U.S. take so far ($70 million seems within reach) and the its critical reception.  Julianne Nicholson was as charming as ever and joked about how people keep coming up to her trying to touch her face thanks to a key scene in the flick with co-star Johnny Depp (she might be dealing with that for years).   Neither Depp nor Joel Edgerton was on hand, but each are likely the film’s best hopes at earning significant nominations this awards season.

Depp is attempting to crack the Best Actor field and Edgerton is one of many players in the crowded Best Supporting Actor race.  It would be smart of voters (and the media for that matter) not to ignore Nicholson.  She’s quite superb as the wife of Edgerton’s character who really doesn’t realize what she’s gotten into.  For now, however, it seems as though Depp, Edgerton and Best Picture remain the primary goals.

“Mass” could benefit from a strong SAG Awards showing including a Best Ensemble nomination (not out of the question) and screeners arriving earlier than some of their competitors.  Is it actually WB’s best bet? This prognosticator honestly believes the industry love is stronger for one of the studio’s other major releases, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” but voters will need a push to remind them it’s OK to support it.

It’s only October 17.  There’s still time.

“Black Mass” is still playing nationwide.

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