Could Justin Bieber’s ‘Never Say Never’ Get a Best Doc Oscar Nomination?

1:28 PM PST 03/03/2011 by Shirley Halperin
Paramount Pictures

It may sound like a crazy notion, but the blockbuster hit has impressed its share of Academy members.

Justin Bieber: Oscar contender? 

It may sound like a crazy notion, but Bieber fever has apparently grabbed hold of Hollywood’s upper crust. According to a source, The King’s Speech and The Fighter weren’t the only pictures being buzzed about at post-Oscar soirees like the Vanity Fair party. Never Say Never, the Biebs’ $63 million grossing documentary and 3D concert film, had impressed its share of Academy members also.
 
 
“You’d be surprised at the caliber of people who came up to Justin at the Vanity Fair party at the Sunset Tower, most of whom had seen the movie [Never Say Never] and loved it,” says an insider. “There was even talk of putting it up for an Oscar next year in the documentary category. People appreciate that it’s not just a kids’ movie.” (THR’s Bill Higgins also noted Bieber was the star who awed the other stars at the Vanity Fair bash. The young singer would chat with someone and the buzz would immediately be: “What is Mick Jagger talking to Justin Bieber about?”)
 
 
Indeed, when it comes to a future in film, Tom Hanks reportedly offered his own advice to Bieber, telling the 17-year-old pop phenom, “Don't become a jaded professional actor” and “good luck to you.”
 
 
Bieber, director Jon Chu and Paramount Studios can rest easy for now. The deadline for submission to the Academy Awards is typically scheduled for early December, at least nine months away. On the other hand, some might say it's never too early for an Oscar campaign.  
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