HOLLYWOOD – As the year comes to an end, the Oscar race is heating up and a clear frontrunner has begun to stretch away from the pack: Paul W.S. Anderon’s Pompeii.
The disaster movie starring Kit Harington as the gladiator Milo, who falls for rich merchant’s daughter Cassia, (Emily Browning). Their love most transcend social barriers, the jealous of Senator Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland) and the erupting volcano which threatens to bury everything under molten lava and choking ash.
Oscar watched Xavier Poulis told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:
Paul W.S. Anderson has already achieved some Oscar success with There Will Be Blood, picking a statuette up for Daniel Day Lewis and Kit Harington has definitely become the man to beat. Already in Game of Thrones, Kit has shown remarkable versatility as the know nothing, Jon Snow. In Pompeii he truly comes of age, but if he does win it is likely he will have company in his co-stars Kiefer Sutherland and Emily Browning who are likely to pick up a Best Supporting Actor and Actress nominations. This should also be the firs time Anderson himself receives a nomination. Many believe that if he does win the Oscar it will be a combination not only of this film but the accumulation of achievements which has seen him produce such a diverse body of work as Alien Vs. Predator and Magnolia. Truly a remarkable director.
As yet the nominations have not been published, but speculation is already rife that this will be a bumper year, though some commentators have also pointed to the possibility that The Interview might be nominated as a political gesture of solidarity with Sony.
The Oscars will take place on February 22, 2015 at the Dolby Theater, Hollywood.