Several high profile films that will be hoping for some Oscar attention have had official release date announcements made today. Sony Pictures Classics, the independent arm of Sony Pictures, have announced their fall 2010 schedule and they should be in for a good year.
One of the most anticipated announcements comes for Mike Leigh’s Another Year, which was a big hit at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film will receive a limited North American release on December 29th and is expected to expand throughout January 2011. The film received raves at the Cannes Film Festival and is thought to be a possible Oscar contender for Best Picture, Best Director, or Best Actress for one of its stars Lesley Manville. The late 2010 release sets it up perfectly for an Oscar campaign throughout January and February.
Another film that has many buzzing is Stephen Frears’ upcoming graphic novel adaptation Tamara Drewe. The film will show up in cinemas on October 8th, which sets it up against the wide released films Life as We Know It and Secretariat. Tamara Drewe is a period film tells the story of a young journalist who returns to her home in the English countryside. Frears has recently been on the Academy’s watch list since his widely adored 2006 film The Queen. The film’s star Gemma Arterton could get some Oscar attention for her leading role as well as the supporting actors Dominic Cooper or Luke Evans.
Woody Allen’s latest comedy You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger gets a September 22nd release date, which is a curious Wednesday opening. Allen’s films have never been Box Office smashes and don’t have much of a commercial draw, but they have a strong following nonetheless. Other films released on September 24th (the Friday after) include Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, You Again, Waiting for Superman, and Buried.
Several other films had announced release dates from Sony Pictures Classics. You can see the list below:
A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop (Zhang Yimou) – September 3rd
You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger (Woody Allen) – September 22nd
Tamara Drewe (Stephen Frears) – October 8th
Made in Dagenham (Nigel Cole) – November 19th
The Illusionist (Sylvain Chomet) – December 25th
Another Year (Mike Leigh) – December 29th
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