January 18, 2017

Nicole Kidman’s ‘Rabbit Hole’ groomed by Lionsgate for Oscar run


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The Oscar race just got a little more crowded.

Lionsgate has snared distribution rights to John Cameron Mitchell’s drama “Rabbit Hole,” based on a David Lindsay-Abaire play, and intends to release it before Christmas, says The Wrap.

It’s the studios intention, according to the piece, to push the film for Best Picture and Nicole Kidman for Best Actress.

Kidman and Aaron Eckhart play a happily married couple who must grieve the loss of their young son in a car accident. Kidman’s role has awards history. Cynthia Nixon of “Sex and the City” fame won a Tony when she starred in a stage version of “Rabbit Hole” in 2007.

Lionsgate also has had success in the Oscar race, pushing “Precious” last season and Paul Haggis’ Best Picture-winning “Crash” a few years back.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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