“Shame” receives a key December release date – AWARDS ALLEY
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Fox Searchlight, which acquired the rights to Steve McQueen’s riveting sex-addiction drama “Shame” at the Toronto International Film Festival, just dropped the film smack dab into this year’s Oscar race.
“Big news: we’re releasing Steve McQueen’s SHAME in the US on December 2nd, 2011!” the studio Tweeted.
For some odd reason, the weekend after Thanksgiving is traditionally bare, with very few films opening in the marketplace. It’s an excellent time for the studio to grab headlines with a title that’s bound to generate conversation … particularly for McQueen’s unflinching look at a modern-day sex addict, and for Michael Fassbender’s soul-revealing portrayal as McQueen’s lead.
Will this release strategy put Fassbender in the Best Actor discussion? Can the film compete in other categories? I’m not sure yet, but I do know that the release date is a big vote of confidence for a film that’s gaining momentum.
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