Apparently November 25 won’t be as crowded as once expected. The Oscar probable film Up in the Air has been pushed back to a December 4 release date, which means it won’t be competing with the Thanksgiving releases Nine, The Road, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. It also means that George Clooney won’t be competing with himself at the Box Office as his other film The Men Who Stare at Goats is already slated for a November 6 release.
In other release date news a new best picture possibility has been tossed onto the fire. Michael Hoffman’s The Last Station, a drama about the life of Leo Tolstoy, is rumored to have been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for a December release. The film played well at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, but didn’t come out with incredibly favorable buzz. However, the studio most likely plans to ride the coattails of its stars Oscar chances with a dynamite cast that includes Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti, and James McAvoy.
This adds to the absolutely brilliant year that the great Christopher Plummer is having. He delivered two of the best voice performances of the year in two of the best animated films of the year – Pixar’s Up and Focus Feature’s 9. He plays the title character in Terry Gilliam’s upcoming Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus and now his Oscar profile has just gotten a boost with the announcement of The Last Station‘s release. Plummer has never received an Oscar nomination in his over 5 decades as an actor. When discussions crop up about being due for some real awards love, his name should always be tossed around.
There is a good chance that Plummer will not hear his name read at all on nomination morning, but if that’s the case it will be a real shame.