“Foxcatcher” and “Unbroken,” two films about U.S. Olympians, received a combined eight Oscar nominations Thursday morning, including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for “Foxcatcher.”
Steve Carell (Best Actor) and Mark Ruffalo (Best Supporting Actor) received nominations for “Foxcatcher,” based on the murder of 1984 Olympic freestyle wrestling champion Dave Schultz. Carell played paranoid schizophrenic John du Pont, who murdered Dave Schultz, played by Ruffalo.
“Foxcatcher” was also nominated for Best Director (Bennett Miller), Original Screenplay and Makeup and Hair Styling.
“Foxcatcher” and “Interstellar” had the most nominations (five) of all films not nominated for Best Picture.
“Foxcatcher” also earned Best Drama, Best Actor (Carell) and Best Supporting Actor (Ruffalo) nominations for the Golden Globes but did not win any of the three.
“Unbroken,” about 1936 Olympic 5000m runner turned war hero Louis Zamperini, was nominated for Oscars for Cinematography, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
The Oscars are Feb. 22. Full nominees can be found here.
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Mark Schultz’s social media accounts blast ‘Foxcatcher’ director
The 1984 Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz‘s social media accounts called “Foxcatcher” director Bennett Miller “a liar,” criticizing the film based on the story of his relationship with John du Pont, who murdered his older brother.
Schultz previously lauded the film and joined Miller and cast members at the Cannes Film Festival in May, when it received Oscar buzz. Oscar nominations aren’t out yet, but the film has been nominated for Golden Globe awards, including Best Drama.
However, Schultz also said there were parts of the film he didn’t like in interviews before it was released in November.
Criticisms were detailed on Schultz’s Facebook account and on his Twitter the last three days, though many of the tweets were deleted.
“Leaving the audience with a feeling that somehow there could have been a sexual relationship between duPont [sic] and I is a sickening and insulting lie,” was posted on Schultz’s Facebook page. “I told Bennett Miller to cut that scene out and he said it was to give the audience the feeling that duPont was encroaching on your privacy and personal space. I wasn’t explicit so I didn’t have a problem with it. Then after reading 3 or 4 reviews interpreting it sexually, and jeopardizing my legacy, they need to have a press conference to clear the air, or I will.”
Schultz did not respond to a text message, and a call to his phone number did not go through. He was out of the country Wednesday and Thursday, according to reports.
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“Foxcatcher,” the film based on the murder of 1984 Olympic wrestling champion Dave Schultz, was nominated for Best Drama among its three total Golden Globe nominations announced Thursday.
Steve Carell, who played John du Pont, the man who shot and killed Schultz, was nominated for Best Actor in a drama.
Mark Ruffalo, who played Schultz, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a drama.
Full nominations can be found here.
The 72nd Golden Globe Awards will be on NBC on Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. ET.
Carell and Ruffalo were also nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards. That show is Jan. 25.
Academy Awards nominations are due in January. “Foxcatcher” garnered Oscar buzz when shown at the Cannes Film Festival in France in May.
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