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Sony Classics holding ‘Get Low’ until 2010

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 10:52 am · September 25th, 2009

Get LowThose of you anticipating Aaron Schneider’s “Get Low” and a potential second lead actor Oscar for Robert Duvall will have to wait a little longer.  Sony Pictures Classics will not be releasing the film this year and is priming it for a mid-2010 release.  No Oscar qualifying run is planned for 2009 either.

Sony Classics, as you’re well aware, has a pretty full slate of films this year.  This could have something to do with the move.  It costs money to put films out into the marketplace, and while SPC might be one of the few dependents able to stay afloat in this economy, it’s not a company made of money.  But I’m just spit-balling here.

Then there’s the consideration of an Oscar campaign, which is also costly.  The studio has a number of opportunities for the 2009 race as it is.  “Coco Before Chanel,” “An Education” and “Broken Embraces” represent a stacked trio of lead actress hopefuls, but Tahar Rahim’s brilliance in “A Prophet” aside, I kind of thought SPC could use a contender like Duvall to amplify its lead actor profile.

But it’s not going to happen.  Not this year, at least, so tidy up your charts and contender lists, folks.  The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.




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  • 1 9-25-2009 at 11:18 am

    James D. said...

    Well that clears up a lot, particularly Best Actor.

  • 2 9-25-2009 at 11:25 am

    j said...

    I’m guessing Duvall will not get a nom this year. If this were to come out this year, I think the combined power of Road & Get Low would have gotten one nom for him. We still have Penelope Cruz & Matt Damon as super-viable contenders thanks to that. Sort of Meryl Streep, exc she’s always a contender.

    I would like Murray to get another nom, but don’t really care for Duvall or Spacek in general.

  • 3 9-25-2009 at 11:32 am

    Rob said...

    THIS MOVIE SUCKS.

    Kidding. Honestly, this doesn’t make sense — the only reason to buy this movie is to make a push for Duvall, and the only way I see that working out for them in 2010 is if they wait an entire year to release it (which I doubt they’re going to do).

  • 4 9-25-2009 at 12:10 pm

    Luke Gorham said...

    I’m not sure where you’re getting your tips, but all of this Robert Duvall talk is blown out of proportion. I saw the film in Toronto, and while Duvall is good, it is far from the heavy-hitting performance and film that would have been needed for an Oscar nod.

  • 5 9-25-2009 at 1:03 pm

    Rob said...

    I’m with you, Luke. Underwhelming performance AND film.

    But people are screaming their praise from the rafters, and he’s old, so those two factors usually add up to inexplicable Oscar noms.

  • 6 9-25-2009 at 1:16 pm

    m1 said...

    Shutter Island could be moved back to 2009 now. Anyone with me?

  • 7 9-25-2009 at 1:22 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    I said all along that I got an “Away from Her” vibe from this. Notice the similarities:

    -Hit at TIFF.
    -Lead acting contender.
    -Previous Oscar-winner making a comeback of sorts.
    -Director/writer debut film.

    Now, with the 2010 release date, I’m guessing it’ll probably get a mid-Spring release….So, that furthers the comparisons.

    Basically, I can still see Duvall (perhaps Schneider and possibly Murray/Spacek, but not quite as sure about those really, never have been) getting the nomination and perhaps winning SAG, then losing the Oscar to someone else who hasn’t won yet (hopefully Christopher Plummer, if all goes well for The Last Station).

    I’m happy that Firth will now justly make a return to Kris’s Best Actor predix =).

  • 8 9-25-2009 at 1:22 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Also, m1: No.

  • 9 9-25-2009 at 1:28 pm

    JAB said...

    cool, this movie doesn’t really interest me that much anyway and was just taking up two acting spots.

  • 10 9-25-2009 at 1:51 pm

    Evan said...

    Anyone else get the sense that this is really, REALLY good news for Michael Stuhlbarg? Jeremy Renner can’t be too unhappy either.

    I’m starting to get a real winning vibe from Colin Firth, too. Thoughts?

  • 11 9-25-2009 at 1:51 pm

    m1 said...

    This could definitely make room for the energetic performance from Peter Saarsgard for ‘An Education’. I know I’m judging by trailers, but watch it if you don’t believe me.

    @the other James D.: Why?

  • 12 9-25-2009 at 2:23 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Evan: I’ve been having those thoughts ever since =). I think it’s underestimated now, but I can see critics groups backing him with wins here and there. And I agree about the other two gents.

    m1: Mainly because this year is crowded enough. I would prefer SI to arrive in Summer 2010. But good point regarding Sarsgaard. Only thing is: I am expecting him to possibly go supporting. (I can see both he and Molina getting in–first film in 18 years to get 2 Supporting Actor noms…it’s usually S.Actress that does that.) But either way, he seems to be underestimated.

  • 13 9-25-2009 at 2:54 pm

    m1 said...

    @the other James D. : I guess you’re right about Shutter Island. I wish Paramount didn’t have to move it in the first place, actually. But thanks for agreeing with me about Sarsgaard. I saw the trailer and all of the performances, especially Carey Mulligan, seemed excellent. It would be nice if Christian Bale could make it for Public Enemies, along with Hugh Dancy for Adam, and Tobey Maguire for Brothers. I agree as well with Colin Firth, and Jeremy Renner should be a lock by now! It’s unfortunate, however, that the breakout performances of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in (500) Days of Summer will be passed over. Up in the Air looks like a major contender as well. And don’t forget Ellen Page in Whip It! Do you think Drew Barrymore can get a good performance out of her?

  • 14 9-25-2009 at 3:11 pm

    Loyal said...

    Jeremy Renner, heh.

  • 15 9-25-2009 at 3:15 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    I am still eager to see “Adam”, just for Dancy’s performance, since I’ve read how fantastic it is (though nobody I know saw it yet). As for “Whip It!”, it looks like entertaining fluff. But I doubt Page’ll get much more than a Golden Globe nod (lucky for her, it’s a weak year).

    I think that if Sarsgaard goes supporting, his chances of scoring a nomination will double. He could easily take the Bill Murray slot on Kris’s predix. I hope the studio and he are wise enough. And hell yes to J.G-L; I loved his performance. If it were a December/”Juno”-type of release, it woulda had a chance. But thanks to the film’s success, I think Globe nods for he and the film could very well happen (again, weak C/M actress year, so Deschanel has a chance, too).

    Speaking of Globes, “An Education” = Drama, don’t you agree? I can’t understand why some are predicting it in C/M at this point.

  • 16 9-25-2009 at 4:25 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I’m hearing now that this might not be a done deal, FYI. Stay tuned…

  • 17 9-25-2009 at 4:34 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    This year is batshit.

  • 18 9-25-2009 at 6:29 pm

    m1 said...

    An Education does look like a drama. Definitely not a comedy, though it probably has some light moments.