"Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer may believe that Robert Pattinson's "performance, in my opinion, is Oscar-worthy," but the film's producers don't agree. His name isn't being entered in the race for best actor. Ditto Kristen Stewart: she's not being entered in the best-actress contest.
In fact, even though it looks like "Twilight" will emerge as a big box-officer winner just a month before academy members receive their nomination ballots, it's only being entered in two Oscar races: best music score and song.
Both of those categories make sense. "Twilight"'s hit song "Decode" is written and sung by Paramore. Its larger music score is the handiwork of Carter Burwell, who's never been nominated for an Oscar, but he's well known and highly respected within Hollywood's music circle. Burwell did receive other honors for his scores to "O Brother Where Art Thou?" (BAFTA nomination), "Gods and Monsters" (L.A. Film Critics Assn. Award) and "Before Night Falls" (Venice Film Festival Award).
"Twilight" isn't being submitted for best visual effects, not even as a salute to the fanciful scene where Pattinson and Stewart dance on the tops of pine trees in the wilderness. It's not even being submitted for makeup — and that's a giant shockeroo.
Oscar voters swoon like spellbound victims before vampire films. Two have been nominated for best makeup in recent years: "Shadow of the Vampire" (2000) and Francis Ford Coppola's "Dracula" (1992).
But "Twilight" probably feels that it doesn't measure up in the fangs department. As Manohla Dargis points out in the New York Times, "Edward (Rob Pattinson), you see, burns but doesn’t bite . . . . He keeps his fangs in his mouth . . . . The poor boy has been defanged and almost entirely drained. He’s so lifeless, he might as well be dead — oops, he already is."