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“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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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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  • October 4, 2011 | Permalink |

    I’ve seen Shame and I can say that it deserves quite a lot. An Oscar nod for Michael Fassbender would be the proof that there is still some grey matter in the Academy’s head.

  • October 4, 2011 | Permalink |

    Agreed. Though this year has a potentially crowded Best Actor field. But that date helps Shame stay in the game, at the very least.

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