UPDATED: Did Halle Berry just exit the Best Actress race?

Posted by · 7:01 pm · October 25th, 2010

UPDATE (10/26): Kris here, following up on Guy’s report yesterday.  I’m told there is correspondence between reps from the film and AMPAS acknowledging that the film would not open in 2009 and that AMPAS has acknowledged the film will be eligible for 2010 consideration.  I’m also told this sort of hiccup is not uncommon.  Steve Pond has a report up quoting AMPAS publicity on the matter.  So Berry is very much in the race this year.

EARLIER: A few hours ago, Kris mentioned the moves being made by Freestyle Releasing to launch an awards campaign for the long-delayed Halle Berry starrer “Frankie & Alice.” The distributor plans to give the film an Oscar-qualifying release on December 17, explicitly stating its award-oriented motives in the press release.

So far, so good. But it seems to me there’s a slight snag: “Frankie & Alice,” although never formally released, actually qualified for the 2009 Oscars. As proved here, the film was on the Academy’s official list of 274 films eligible for last year’s awards:

Now, unless there was a glitch on the Academy’s list last year, that presumably means that “Frankie and Alice” had a qualifying run of some shape or form in 2009. That would render it ineligible for Oscar consideration in 2010, given that official Academy rules state the following:

Each picture may have only one Los Angeles County qualifying run. The earliest theatrical exhibition that meets such definition shall be designated the picture’s qualifying run.”

Either the Academy or Freestyle Releasing has made an error, then. Which is it? An actress’s campaign hangs in the balance. We’ll try to clear up the situation for you as soon as possible.

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  • 1 10-25-2010 at 7:09 pm

    amanda said...

    Great catch Guy. You caught that really quickly, well done.

  • 2 10-25-2010 at 7:22 pm

    Joe said...

    I love those reminder lists. It makes every movie seem like an Oscar contender. I can just imagine a voter going, “well, I did like The Expendables; why don’t I put it down for Best Picture? And hmmm, Jet Li was pretty good in it.”

  • 3 10-25-2010 at 7:50 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    I like the title of this entry.

    And now Jacki Weaver has taken over Hollywood Elsewhere. If only SPC had plastered Sam Rockwell’s face everywhere last year he (and the film) might have had a shot at something.

  • 4 10-25-2010 at 8:59 pm

    D said...

    I hope there is a glitch somewhere, I really want Halle and this film to be “In Contention”!!!!

  • 5 10-25-2010 at 9:30 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Good sleuthing, Guy.

  • 6 10-26-2010 at 12:28 am

    Sean said...

    It is eligible this year! They have a forum on GoldDerby site with this topic. Apparently the reminder list is not the qualifier list. The film never ended up being released in 2009.

  • 7 10-26-2010 at 1:15 am

    John said...

    According to the IMPC of the Academy, the film was released on 12/25/09, you can see it here:

  • 8 10-26-2010 at 1:16 am

    John said...

    But as you can see the film never was released in that date, so the Frankie and Alice IS ELEGIBLE THIS YEAR.

  • 9 10-26-2010 at 3:41 am

    Graysmith said...

    You shouldn’t be on a reminder list that states “all films that HAVE qualified for 2009 Academy Awards” if you haven’t actually qualified.

    I very much look forward to hearing what’s what about this.

  • 10 10-26-2010 at 4:59 am

    JFK said...

    What a great wrench in the plans for the 2010 season!

  • 11 10-26-2010 at 5:58 am

    Zack said...

    It’s a shame, because even though I’m looking forward to most of the contenders, this is looking like one of the least diverse fields in several years.

  • 12 10-26-2010 at 9:59 am

    Silencio said...

    I’m not especially concerned with diversity. And I’m a black guy, so I’m not biased. I just want to see five worthy performances nominated, diverse or not.

  • 13 10-26-2010 at 9:50 pm

    Oscar Valdez said...

    Doesnt it required, at least, 7 days (a week) for a film to be eligible for Oscar’s consideration? If it was released on December 25, thats only 6 days.. Doesnt that makes this movie elegible for THIS year Oscars?

  • 14 10-27-2010 at 3:12 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Oscar: For one thing, your math is faulty. December 25 to December 31 amounts to seven days. Count ’em.

    Anyway, moot point. Did you read the update at the top of the article?