After over two years building up momentum, Paul Thomas Anderson's long-awaited flick, The Master, will finally meet what some call its 'acid test': the 2013 Academy Awards. It's been fun reporting on its filming here at Mare Island and the subsequent gossip and chatter about how much of the script really was intended to poke at the culture of Scientology. The buzz was helped by the cloak of secrecy that has surrounded the film's development from day one.
No Master tsunami
When The Master made waves at last year's Venice Film Festival, some predicted that it would build up a tsunami of interest ramping up to the Academy Awards. That tidal wave didn't happen. Overall revues of the Master were mixed and when the rubber meet the road last month, the film had only garnered Academy nominations for best actor (Joaquin Phoenix), best supporting actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and best supporting actress (Amy Adams).
Visit these Sonoma County movie locations
Film producers will be the first to admit that all the hoopla in the world can not guarantee a legacy for their productions. For example, American Graffiti, which premiered with a lot less hype, has become a film classic. And do you know that part of the film was shot here in nearby Sonoma County (in Petaluma)? That's also true for Amelia Earhart and a host of other flicks.
Thanks to Sonoma County's Film Office, you can locate quite a few films that were shot in Sonoma County by downloading its interactive map of Sonoma County film locations. By 'mousing over' various parts of the map, you can find out about films that were shot in these areas.
We've got our list of hopefuls ready for Award night. All we need now is some hot buttered popcorn and some of that swag that nominees think is the best kept secret of this annual soiree.