UPDATED Two Film Trade "Bibles" Now Predict Oscar Nom for Heroin(e)

Updated 1 year ago by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
Fire Chief Jan Rader
Fire Chief Jan Rader


Hollywood Reporter, the second of the big three motion picture trade publications , has projected that Heroin(e), the Netflix documentary short based on Huntington's struggles and three female heroines fighting back, has been picked as an Oscar nominee.

Last week, Variety also projected that Heron(e) which is on a top ten "short list" would make it to the best five which receive Oscar bids. 

The Reporter's Awards Columnist Scott Feinberg made the projection Dec. 29. His column explains that his predictions are (in his words) "formulated using a combination of personal impressions (from advance screenings), publicly available information (release dates, genres, talent rosters and teasers/trailers often offer valuable clues), historical considerations (how other films with similar pedigrees have resonated), precursor awards (some groups have historically correlated with the Academy more than others) and consultations with industry insiders (including fellow members of the press, awards strategists, filmmakers and voters)."



Kayayo, The Living Shopping Baskets
116 Cameras
Knife Skills

MAJOR THREATS (Remainder of Shortlist)

Ten Meter Tower
Ram Dass, Going Home
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
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Hollywood has three "trade" publications that are considered industry "Bibles" for the industry: Boxoffice, Hollywood Reporter and Variety. The latter began publishing in 1905 and is read mostly by entertainment industry executives and participants  (at that time vaudeville included) . 

Known as "the" publication to reach award season voters, it carries chunks of "for your consideration" ads in an attempt to influence and publicize nominees and potential nominees. 

The Netflix short documentary , Heroin(e) concerning three Huntington female heroes made the short list for Academy Award nomination. Variety predicts it will make the final five, according to an article on their website, which features a photo of Huntington fire chief, Jan Rader. 

Rader said, "Elaine McMillion Sheldon and her husband Kerrin are very talented. I would love to see them get an Oscar nomination. I am also thankful that the documentary is starting conversations that are necessary to get us all through this epidemic."

The entertainment industry has faced high profile drug addiction issues. "Heroin(e)"  demonstrates "addiction knows no boundaries" from an A list performer to a next door neighbor. 

Should the film receive a nomination (and even a win in which the producers would speak to an international audience), the production could generate more awareness of Huntington's portion of the epidemic , allowing the efforts to be more familiar for those awarding grants and private Philanthropic foundations that would otherwise not learn of Huntington's challenges. 


Here's the VARIETY projection: 

  • “Alone” Garrett Bradley
  • “Edith+Eddie” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
  • “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405” Frank Stiefel
  • “Heroin(e)” Elaine McMillion, Kerrin James Sheldon
  • “Kayayo: The Living Shopping Baskets” Mari Bakke Riise, Jørgen Lorentzen

 Rader recently told HNN that IF nominated by the Academy, she, Judge Patricia Keller and Necia Freeman will be invited to  attend the ceremony. 

Heroin(e), a short film distributed by Netflix and directed by  WVU alumna Elaine Sheldon and shot in Huntington which focuses on  the efforts of three women to combat the drug epidemic, has made the list. 

Here are a few other projections from their site:

  • “Call Me by Your Name”
    Emilie Georges, Luca Guadagnino, Marco Morabito, Peter Spears
  • “Dunkirk”
    Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
  • “The Florida Project”
    Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou
  • “Get Out”
    Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm, Jordan Peele
  • “Lady Bird”
    Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill, Scott Rudin
  • “The Post”
    Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger
  • “The Shape of Water”
    J. Miles Dale, Guillermo del Toro
  • “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
    Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Martin McDonagh




  • Timothée Chalamet “Call Me by Your Name”
  • Daniel Day-Lewis “Phantom Thread”
  • James Franco “The Disaster Artist”
  • Gary Oldman “Darkest Hour”
  • Denzel Washington “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”



  • Sally Hawkins “The Shape of Water”
  • Frances McDormand “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
  • Margot Robbie “I, Tonya”
  • Saoirse Ronan “Lady Bird”
  • Meryl Streep “The Post”


For their full list of projections, go to:




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