Is The Academy Set To Ignore Brad Pitt's Killing Them Softly?

Subscribe to Brad Pitt alerts

The full release of Brad Pitt's Killing Them Softly has quietly crept up, six months after it premiered to strong reviews at the Cannes Film Festival. The crime-drama reunited The Assassination of Jesse James director Andrew Dominik with Pitt and was originally set for a September 21 release.

The first thing to note is that Killing Them Softly - about an enforcer who is hired to restore order after a mob-protected poker game is robbed - is a Weinstein Company movie. Harvey Weinstein is known for his Oscars game of chess, swapping and changing release dates and masterminding promotional campaigns to give his movies the best possible of chance of winning golden statuettes. Though last year's Margaret Thatcher film The Iron Lady was regarded as a dud by critics, Meryl Streep still managed to walk away with the Best Actress gong, despite Viola Davis' stunning performance in The Help. The power of Weinstein.

Anyway, according to, Killing Them Softly switched to a November 30 release date for maximum Oscars impact. Weinstein decided that he wanted to roll out Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master closer to his festival premieres. Which is odd, because since making the decision, The Master and Silver Linings Playbook have emerged as the company's biggest Oscars hopes. At best, it looks as though James Gandolfini could snag a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Killing. Even Lawless seems to have a better chance of winning an Oscar than Dominik's movie.

Currently, Brad Pitt is 100/1 with the bookmakers to win Best Actor, while the movie itself is also 100/1 to win Best Picture. Pretty amazing odds given the Hollywood actor has pretty much been a mainstay in the nominations over the past couple of years. Perhaps his efforts have been targeted at the 2014 ceremony (World War Z, The Counselor), though have the bookmakers grossly underestimated Pitt's performance? The film still holds a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics lauding the thriller. "A good, efficient crime thriller, let down by clunky social commentary but lifted by excellent performances, including perhaps Brad Pitt's recent best," said Empire Magazine. "Killing Them Softly has the rigor and poise of the great American crime pictures of the 1970s," said Robbie Collin of The Telegraph.

So there you have it. Brad Pitt 100/1 to win Best Actor for his critically acclaimed Harvey Weinstein movie. Well we never. 



Tags: Brad Pitt - Harvey Weinstein - James Gandolfini

Subscribe to Brad Pitt alerts

More Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt Dismissed From Jury Duty For Being Too Famous

Another reason why being famous rocks - the Get Out Of Jury Duty Free card. Brad Pitt has been allowed to skip the usually mandatory...

David Oyelowo Credits Oprah With Bringing 'Selma' To Fruition

David Oyelowo became involved with Martin Luther King biopic 'Selma' seven years ago; a project which saw many pitfalls along the way - from financing...

Angelina Jolie Named TIME's Woman of the Year

Angelina Jolie is TIME’s Woman of the Year for 2014. Congratulations. Great. Good. After directing her second movie, starring in Disney’s Maleficent and speaking at...

Sony's Oscar Targeted 'Fury', 'Annie', 'Still Alice' Leak after Hack

Five Sony movies, three of which the studio had hoped would compete at the Oscars next year, have leaked after a hack on the studio's...


With Two Successful Movies Out, Angelina Jolie Can Afford To Do Pet Projects Like "By The Sea"

Recently, Angelina Jolie has made no bones about moving on from acting onto something longer lasting and probably more substantial. I’m hinting at a directorial...

Angelina Jolie Might Be Put Off British Move By 'Mansion Tax'

Hollywood royalty Angelina Jolie has claimed that she might be dissuaded from a potential move to London by the proposed ‘mansion tax’.Angelina Jolie might be...

Angelina Jolie "Absolutely" Plans To Give Up Acting

Angelina Jolie has confirmed her plans to retire from acting.Angelina Jolie has confirmed she plans to retire from acting.Read More:Angelina Jolie Pays Tribute to Louis...

Is Angelina Jolie Ready To Quit Acting?

Despite the fact that Angelina Jolie famously met her husband, Brad Pitt, on a movie set in which she was one of the lead characters,...



Brad Pitt Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Brad Pitt

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All