It may be the film that all the critics are talking about - and an early favourite in the Oscar betting, but Hurricane Katrina drama 'Beasts of The Southern Wild' will not compete at the Screen Actors Guild Awards after reportedly failing to make the film under provisions of the union's contracts.
The producers have until October 25 to bring the independent hit into compliance to become eligible for the awards, which would likely mean paying the first time actors more money. Fox Searchlight, which released the film in the US said the company would not try to bring the movie in line with SAG contract rules to qualify, according to CBS.
Guild spokeswoman Pamela Greenwalt said in a statement to the news organisation: "We're baffled at the fact that the producers of 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' failed to sign a SAG agreement as every other important film released this year did.
"We would love for the performers in this film to compete for a SAG Award. Celebrating such performances is what we're all about."
Beasts of the Southern Wild (Photo: Fox Searchlight)
Director Benh Zeitlin cast locals in his film set in the rural 'bath tub' area of Louisiana, including his two stars, first-time actors Quvenzhane Wallis as a six-year-old, 'Hushpuppy' and Dwight Henry as her father.
The film follows a community from rural Louisiana, who live an unrecognisable existence away from modernity in a flood prone settlement, when the hurricane arrives they face more than the destruction of their homes but of a unique way of life.
Zeitlan told The Hollywood Reporter, "Against all logic and planning, two incredible first-time actors won the lead roles in 'Beasts.' I'm positive they both have long and amazing acting careers in front of them."
Despite the film's ineligibility for the SAG Awards, its chances of recognition in the Oscars and Golden Globes are unlikely to be harmed due to the critical buzz it has already generated.
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