'Blue Jasmine' is Woody Allen's Best Opening Ever
Blue Jasmine stars Cate Blanchett as a once-wealthy Ruth Madoff-esque character recovering from a nervous breakdown. Alec Baldwin, Andrew Dice Clay, Louis C.K., Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale and Peter Sarsgaard make up the rest of the cast. Blanchett's performance, in particular, is already being singled out as a possible Oscar contender. The buzz is not lost on Sony Pictures Classics, who released the movie, telling the Los Angeles Times:
[Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael] Barker said he is considering mounting an awards campaign for the film, similar to Midnight in Paris, which landed four Academy Award nominations.Next weekend, Blue Jasmine will open wider, in about 60 theaters nationwide. Woody Allen may sometimes be down, but he's never out.
“We don’t like to put the cart before the horse,” he said, “but not unlike Midnight in Paris, when we first saw the film, we thought this was the kind of film that really has the opportunity to get some recognition. Not only for best actress, but the supporting players, Woody’s screenplay and the direction -- even the picture. We’ll see how it plays out.”