Scott reshot Spacey’s scenes from Nov. 20-29 while simultaneously editing those bits into the finished movie. As he told Entertainment Weekly, “I move like lightning.” He was convinced that he would still have the drama ready for its scheduled Dec. 22 release. In the end, he had to push things back, but only a bit — the movie is to be released on Christmas. That’s important for awards purposes: He needed to have the movie finished in time for a 2017 release to be considered for this season’s trophies.
Still, it’s amazing that a movie that finished shooting less than two weeks ago is up for three Golden Globes, including nods for Scott, Plummer and his co-star Michelle Williams. Apparently, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association members got rush copies of the finished product. On social media, some wondered if HFPA members were just rubbing it in about getting a sneak preview.
Feel like the HFPA was just bragging that they've seen ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) December 11, 2017
HFPA like "nah nah nah nah boo boo we saw All the Money in the World"— Krismonger Tapley (@kristapley) December 11, 2017
Still others questioned whether the voters actually saw the film.
I’m not saying the the HFPA voters only watched a sizzle reel of “All the Money in the World” and voted for that. NOT saying that. Nor do I secretly believe it based on no proof.— Joe Reid (@joereid) December 11, 2017
So OBVIOUSLY the HFPA saw ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD before the noms but *whispers* do we think they actually all saw ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD before the noms— Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore) December 11, 2017
What’s clear is that the buzz around Scott’s choice to tear up his movie was great for generating interest. Had he not, would he have edged out other worthy directors such as Dee Rees (“Mudbound”), Paul Thomas Anderson (“Phantom Thread”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) and Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name”)? We’ll never know, but he certainly sent a powerful message.
“You can’t tolerate any kind of behavior like that,” Scott told Entertainment Weekly, drawing a line in the sand. “We cannot let one person’s action affect the good work of all these other people. It’s that simple.”
Scott has gotten plenty of praise for his choice, including from Williams, who called the reshoots “our little act of trying to right a wrong.” By nominating both the director and Plummer for awards, the HFPA also sent its own message — intentionally or not — that the director’s decision was the right one.