Los Angeles, CA – It seems that Sony Pictures Entertainment really can’t catch a break; “after being hacked by (allegedly) North Korean hackers and criticized by President Obama for deciding to pull the movie from theaters, the company is now faced with an Academy Award nomination for a movie that many are claiming to be a “rather mediocre motion picture” and a “lousy attempt at comedy.”
““The Interview” is a comedy about two reporters, portrayed by Seth Rogen and James Franco, who are lucky enough to score an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But, before they get a chance to have the interview, they are recruited by CIA agents and drawn into a plot to assassinate the leader of North Korea.
“The movie was originally set to premiere on October 10th, but after Sony headquarters came under cyber-attack, the decision was initially made to halt the movie permanently. The US public became disappointed with the studio’s decision, and demanded the company to “have some backbone”. Finally, Sony came around and scheduled another premiere, which took place on Thursday, December 25th in the US.
“Somewhat unexpectedly, while defending the decision to pull the movie from theaters, Michael Lynton, the Chief Executive of Sony Pictures, stated: “It’s really not that great a movie.” He also said that when roughly 80 percent of the country’s theaters refused to book “The Interview” after the latest threat, it was no great loss to the theater-going public – and might even be viewed as a public service.
No one could have guessed that the movie would become a huge hit in the US; regardless of whether this has to do with the actual quality of the motion picture or it’s due to pure spite, “The Interview” has even managed to get several Oscar nominations, including best leading actor, best supporting role and best soundtrack. There are also unconfirmed rumors that Kim Jong Un has been nominated for life-long contribution and best cameo appearance.
“That’s the part that really blew me away”, Lynton said, and added: “the way things are going right now, I’ve gotten to a point where I wouldn’t even be surprised if the damn thing won.”
“The 87th Academy Awards is scheduled to take place on February 22nd, 2015 in Hollywood, Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre.