With Focus Features restructuring and shifting its identity toward the mainstream,
And Focus is clearly going out swinging. The studio just mailed DVD screeners of "Dallas" to the 105,000-plus voting members of
"Dallas," based on the life story of Ron Woodroof (played by
The recognition for McConaughey and Leto wasn't surprising. The actors' work has been lauded, first in reviews and, lately, in year-end prizes from critics groups. Beyond the obvious quality of the performances, the "Dallas" roles offered a showy hook to voters, since they required the actors to lose a collective hundred-plus pounds and, in the case of Leto, switch genders to play the transgender woman who partners with Woodroof.
But SAG's ensemble nomination -- citing cast members
A cast nomination doesn't guarantee a best picture nod, as the makers of
And, with a "Dallas" vote, there might also be one message the academy would like to send of its own -- an appreciation for Schamus and the wonderful work he shepherded during his tenure at Focus. "Dallas Buyers Club" -- fierce, entertaining, vital -- ranks right alongside its best.