April 18, 2014

Meryl Streep’s Oscar contender “Iron Lady” goes to Weinstein


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Early Friday morning in Cannes, The Weinstein Company secured the U.S. rights to Phyllida Lloyd’s “The Iron Lady,” a Margaret Thatcher biopic that cast Meryl Streep in the lead role and paired her with Jim Broadbent as the British Prime Minister’s husband, Denis.

And you thought “Lady” already sounded like Oscar bait? Just wait until Harvey Weinstein gets his hooks into a full-blown Academy Awards campaign for the film.

The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the story, already is making comparisons to this year’s Best Picture winner “The King’s Speech,” also distributed by Weinsten. The trade notes that bidding on the film’s rights launched after footage was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, with those in attendance confirming that “Lady” would be completed by the all-important Oscar season bidding started after footage from the biopic was screened here. One buyer attending the event said the film will be done in time for awards season, and that Streep will definitely be a contender.

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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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