Awards Forecast: Date Changes Not Monumental So Far

Originally posted on Variety:

Paramount has moved “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” into 2014, meaning the other shoe has dropped. The problem is, the first shoe hasn’t hit the floor yet.

For weeks, insiders have predicted that the studio will move “The Wolf of Wall Street” from its November date to Christmas, pushing “Jack Ryan” into next year. So Step Two is in place, fueling talk that an announcement is imminent for Step One and that “Wolf” will indeed open this year.

There are high hopes for that film and Sony’s “American Hustle.” If either turns out to be a game-changer, that would be a welcome plot twist to the Oscar race. Because so far, the flurry of date-changes have had minimal effect.

There are already enough terrific films to fill the 5-to-10 nomination slots in the key races. So the 2013 absence of “Monuments Men” and “Foxcatcher” still leaves plenty of possibilities.

Studios are…

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