Searchlight and Hilary Swank, take two?

Posted by · 5:45 pm · February 3rd, 2010

(from left) Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell in Betty Anne WatersThis is one of the films I’ve had an eye on for next year’s Oscar season.  Perhaps a second try will prove better than this past year’s Searchlight/Swank outing.  The press release, in part:

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired North American and select international rights from Omega Entertainment to the riveting true life drama BETTY ANNE WATERS. Directed by Tony Goldwyn and written by Pamela Gray, BETTY ANNE WATERS stars Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo, Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis and Peter Gallagher. The film was produced by Andrew Sugerman, Andrew S. Karsch and Tony Goldwyn. The film is scheduled to be released in Fall 2010.

“Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, backed by an extraordinary supporting cast, deliver powerhouse performances in Tony Goldwyn’s emotionally resonant film,” said Utley and Gilula. “We are excited to be distributing this inspirational story of hope and unconditional love.”

For more on the story (which could prove Oscar bait for Sam Rockwell as well), check out this Boston Globe piece.  If “The Blind Side” can do it…

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  • 1 2-03-2010 at 5:56 pm

    Mr. F said...

    If there is a chance that Rockwell will get some awards love, then I’m all for it.

    However, I don’t think I will be able to stand another year of Swank-hating comments all around the internet. Especially when, if the movie turns out to be good, it might pit Swank against Annette Benning once again.

  • 2 2-03-2010 at 6:13 pm

    cineJAB said...

    Hey, if Meryl gets her third this year I won’t have quite as many problems with Hilary Swank getting a third next year.

  • 3 2-03-2010 at 6:36 pm

    Melissa said...

    I saw this last year at a screening in Los Angeles, as they were tryin to find a distributor for the film. Swank and Rockwell are brilliant in this. Very smart of you Kris to keep an eye out for this one!

  • 4 2-03-2010 at 7:05 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Hilarious that Swank and Bening will be competing in a race YET AGAIN. This has to be a conspiracy, no?

    I would like to see Swank get a third nomination but ultimately lose for once, to prove she’s fallible. And I could dissolve my grudge against her in the process.

    But I agree with Mr. F: If this means Sam Rockwell might at least become Oscar-nominee Sam Rockwell, than I’m rooting for this movie.

    Also, go Annette.

  • 5 2-03-2010 at 7:10 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    It would be awesome if Rockwell were to be nominated next year. If he wins, he ought to pull a Jeremy Irons for his acceptance speech.

  • 6 2-03-2010 at 7:12 pm

    Megan said...

    I don’t know why, but I love Juliette Lewis.

    I think it’d be cool if Hillary Swank drops the Oscar-bait films for once and just starts cappin’ some ass in an action flick.

    I like Swank, but I think she should abandon the grandiose dramas and just go balls-to-the-wall crazy, and pick a role that makes us all scratch our heads incredulously.

  • 7 2-03-2010 at 7:51 pm

    kmoore8435 said...

    I read this script while interning a couple of years ago. It’s a great story but the script definitely needed a rewrite, as it was very choppy and episodic…oh and the ending was a complete downer, which I didn’t mind but several others found it to be too much.

    This is much darker stuff than The Blind Slide.

  • 8 2-03-2010 at 8:11 pm

    bw said...


    Swank has tried to doing other types of films. They didn’t pan out.

    P.S. I Love You? The Reaping?

    She should stick to dramas.

  • 9 2-03-2010 at 8:15 pm

    Silencio said...

    If anything’s a certainty after this season, it’s that Rockwell has amassed some serious goodwill. The next role that’s deserving, people are going to go to war for him.

  • 10 2-03-2010 at 9:22 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    I would love for Swank to win a 3rd Oscar just to take the piss out of everyone who resents her for having two.

  • 11 2-03-2010 at 9:48 pm

    SHAAAARK said...

    Wooo, Team Rockwell. Next year, we shall be legion.

  • 12 2-03-2010 at 10:04 pm

    Joy Fountain said...

    Wonder if Richard LaGravenese will get co-writer credit for this script. I thought it was weird that he didn’t get acknowledged for Erin Brockovich when it was nominated for Oscar ten years ago.

    The tragic death of Kenneth Waters will definitely help separate this film from other “inspirational female biopic”. It’ll also add extra poignancy to Rockwell’s performance, maybe even an edge to win.

  • 13 2-04-2010 at 3:39 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    It’s too early in the year to start baiting the anti-Swank brigade, Kris. The Streep/Bullock war is exhausting enough.

    That said, I hope she’s good enough in this to shut people up, Oscar or not.

  • 14 2-04-2010 at 2:12 pm

    JR said...

    I’m not hating on Swank for her two Oscars – each was well-deserved. She’s a textbook case of an actor who’s strength depends on the director and script, not one who transcends less-than-great material. I’d find it hilarious for her to go up against Bening yet again.

    Still, it would really irk me to see her win a third. Though I’m not normally a fan of body-of-work awards, Julianne Moore still doesn’t have one. Glenn Close is Oscar-less (and her work on TV, IMHO, is stronger than anything Meryl’s doing these days).