Dear Gossips,

I saw Flight this weekend. The film’s 77% and 76% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic respectively surprises me. I didn’t think it was all that great. And the soundtrack was so...obvious, wasn’t it? But that’s not really the point. The point is Flight opened 2nd at the box office this weekend with over $25 million at, impressively, less than 2,000 theatres, about half of Wreck-It-Ralph’s theatre count, and still grossing more per theatre.

Because Denzel Washington is... a Movie Star.

And one of the few movie stars who can still bring us out; he makes a movie and we’ll show up. LOVE that. As I wrote on October 19 and again a week later in this post about Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel may be the only legitimate challenger to what would otherwise be a foregone conclusion for Best Actor at the Oscars this year. If he wants to put up a fight. Again, as already noted, most of them, when it’s DDL staring back at them, get out of the way before the race really begins. Right now, it doesn’t look like Denzel has any intention of getting out of the way. Maybe that was always his plan. He took a significant pay cut to be part of this project. It was what his late agent Ed Limato wanted him to do before he died. Limato was very well regarded in the business. So there’s sentiment there, and now that Flight is a commercial success, making back most of its budget on one weekend alone and surely to come in profitably for the studio, Deadline is reporting that Paramount was all over SAG and Academy voters this weekend and they responded very enthusiastically. DDL might really have to hustle a lot harder than he normally does.

Yours in gossip,