That Oscar nod for ‘Barney’s Version’ was no accident

Robert Lantos says Adrien Morot’s Makeup nomination was “fought for” in months of L.A. lobbying


Paul Giamatti in 'Barney's Version'

Nice to know Robert Lantos reads right to the bottom of BDJ Unscreened. In Wednesday’s post about the Oscar nominations, I signed off by taking an admittedly cheap shot at the Canadian producer of Barney’s Version. In citing the fact that the movie’s star, Paul Giamatti had been overlooked, while the film scored a single nomination in the Makeup category (for Montreal’s Adrien Morot), I wrote: “I don’t think anyone, even the film’s producer, Robert Lantos, expected [Giamatti]  to get an Oscar nod. But this Makeup citation at least allows Lantos to brand his labour of love ‘Oscar-nominated,’ while giving him an excuse to attend the awards.

Well, today Lantos fired off this response to me in an email:

“Nothing at the Oscars happens by accident. Adrien Morot’s much deserved nomination was fought for. He was flown to LA in December for a special screening and q&a with ‘below the line’ Academy members. And then again a couple of weeks ago for a presentation to the make up branch. Ads were taken in the trades in support of his work and our LA publicist arranged interviews with him in the craft publications.

This lobbying has been ongoing since November.”

And I don’t need an excuse to go to the Oscars. As an Academy member, I have been invited for the past 25 years. But I won’t be going, I prefer to watch the show on TV.”

Which is all worth knowing. So I asked Lantos if I could post his response. His reply: “Go ahead and post, IF you also acknowledge the cheap shot.”

My pleasure.


That Oscar nod for ‘Barney’s Version’ was no accident

  1. Well played Lantos, well played.

  2. Lantons deserved a nomination for Fugitive Pieces, one of my favourite movies in a decade and I thought Barney's Version was unique, unlike the same old stars, same old plots out of Hollywood.
    Stay the course Robert Lantos

  3. Paul Giamatti should have been nominated for 2011 Best Actor. Even if Colin Firth wins; at the very least Paul Giamatti deserved to be at least nominated!

  4. Just came back from seeing this movie. One of the best I've seen in a long time. And I thought Giamatti could be nominated for an Oscar – wasn't aware the listings were out. How did he get left off?

  5. I just saw Barney's Version. It's excellent! Paul Giamatti should not only be nominated for best actor, he should win it!! Colin Firth is good in the King's Speech, but Giamatti is amazing! Barney's Version should also be nominated for best picture, and it should probably win it too!! The Oscars are a joke!!

  6. The Academy is full of politics. Good job Lantos! Giamatti was cheated out of a nomination, that's for sure! Just saw Adrien Morot's makeup clip on makeup artists site, amazing aging work on Barney's Version. He's up against Rick Baker who's already won 6 Oscars so odds are against him. Even though I think Morot should win the Oscar, it's going to be Rick Baker and his 80's makeup in the Wolfman. That's the Academy for you. At least check out the clip – I had no idea prosthetics were used!