A rough cut of All the Money in the World swapping out new scenes with Christopher Plummer for the cut scenes featuring Kevin Spacey has screened for Golden Globes voters. It's been an eventful past month for director Ridley Scott's new crime thriller, which was plunged into turmoil when Spacey – who originally starred in the pivotal role of billionaire J. Paul Getty in the film – was accused of sexual misconduct in late October. As the allegations began to mount, studio Sony first shelved its planned Oscar campaign for Spacey, and a week later, dropped him from the film altogether.
In an unprecedented move in terms of turnaround time, Scott hired veteran Oscar winner Christopher Plummer to take the disgraced actor's place with the goal of meeting a late December release date to qualify for this year's Oscars. Re-securing locations and principal actors Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg for the reshoots, Scott largely shot Plummer's scenes in late November and debuted the first trailer for the reconfigured film on last week.
Now, with several key awards season voting deadlines looming, Scott has seemingly pulled off the impossible. According to The Wrap, an unfinished cut of All the Money in the World screened on Sony's lot in Los Angeles for members of the Hollywood Foreign Press on Monday – the last date films could be screened for consideration for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.
The film chronicles the harrowing events surrounding the 1973 kidnapping of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty’s grandson, J. Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer - no relation to Christopher), and the fallout after the elder Getty’s shocking response to the 16-year-old's captors. The screening Monday completed a whirlwind ride for All the Money in the World screenwriter David Scarpa, who had a front row seat as the drama unfolded. In an interview with The Wrap, Scarpa said:
“When they told me they were going to do this, I said, ‘There’s no way we can make the release date, and they said, ‘No, we have to have it ready by December 4 for the Hollywood Foreign Press.’ It really is sort of astonishing, and Ridley is one of only a handful of people who could and would do it.”
The good news for Scarpa, Scott and Sony is that HFPA members were reportedly buzzing about All the Money in the World after the 11th-hour screening Monday, with Plummer especially attracting notices for his impromptu turn as J. Paul Getty. Plummer, who became a big screen icon with his turn as Captain Von Trapp in the 1965 classic movie musical The Sound of Music, previously won a Golden Globe in the 2010 drama Beginners, which also earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
Sony will find out December 11 if the HFPA screening yields any results when the nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes are announced. Because of the delay over the reshoots, the film has already missed out on other key awards, including the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics' circles, and the Broadcast Film Critics Association's Critics Choice Movie Award nominations, which will be announced Wednesday.
As far as the Oscars are concerned, the HFPA screening is a clear indicator that Sony will be able to screen the film in time for Academy membership. The film's December 22 release will qualify the film for the 90th annual Academy Awards, and the studio will have plenty of time to screen the film for the membership and send out screeners before its voting deadline of January 12. Nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards will be announced January 23.
Source: The Wrap
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