When I saw the reviews for For Colored Girls (which is on my list, but I have yet to see), I started to have odd flashbacks to another movie that had a large, magnificent cast, but was a bomb with critics. Last year, Rob Marshall's Nine was one of the biggest contenders, but was trashed by critics and failed to make any box office mark. However, the sheer magnitude of its acting presence, and a crafty campaign from the infamous Harvey Weinstein, landed its cast in the Best Ensemble Category at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. After reading the less-than-stellar reviews of For Colored Girls, I wonder if there is still enough momentum to honor the cast, which appears to be the only good thing about the movie. There are some distinct parallels between the two movies, such as well-known director, large, well-liked cast, and incredible source material. Furthermore, its reviews read the same in most instances. The cast was great, but was inhibited by lousy writing and directing.
So in the end, the review for For Colored Girls have put it out of Oscar contention almost completely (Nine got some nods, but mostly tech nods(. But Nine's precedent at the SAG Awards means that the star power of Perry's film will keep it in consideration for that ensemble prize. In the end, I think it will miss out. Let's face it, the Screen Actors Guild got a lot of flack for the Nine nomination (particularly over Up in the Air), and probably doesn't want any more public ridicule. But until the nominees are annouced, it will be on my list as a possibility, just in case.