Just when it seemed like the Oscar race this year started to take a shape – after top movies like Argo, The Silver Linings Playbook and The Master received nods at the Telluride, Toronto and Venice film festivals – the much anticipated Hitchcock movie gets a last-minute entry to the fall schedule.
After Fox Searchlight Pictures announced the November release date of the movie, we can all expect some major changes to the game of the Oscar-giving event.
The movie tells the love story between the legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, during the making of his classic horror movie Psycho. But still, it's more than just a love story as Alma apart from being his wife, she also edited, supervised re-shoots and worked on the screenplay of the 1960 classic.
Based on Stephen Rebello's novel, Alfred Hitchock and the Making of Psycho, the movie stars Sir Anthony Hopkins as the iconic English director, Helen Mirren as Hitch's wife Alma Reville, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins, Michael Stuhlbarg as Lew Wasserman, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles and Toni Collette as Hitch's assistant Peggy Robertson.
For Gervasi, who previously directed the critically acclaimed documentary Anvil:The Story of Anvil and produced screenplays for Steven Spielberg's The Terminal and the indie Henry's Crime, Hitchcock will be a feature directorial debut.
However, Fox Searchlight has some great expectations that the movie will get a nomination for best picture, while for Hopkins - who won an Oscar for 1991's movie The Silence of the Lambs – it goes without saying that he will enter the best actor nomination alongside Bill Murray, Day-Lewis, Phoenix, John Hawkes and Denzel Washington. Pretty much the same goes for Helen Mirren, who received an Oscar for 2006's film The Queen. Helen will probably be nominated for best actress, while for Scarlett Johansson, we can only say that the chances are big for her to join the Oscar hunt for supporting actress.
Last but not least, Hitchcock will open in limited release on November, 23, opposite other Oscar-weighty movies like Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook. But no worries, shortly after the limited opening the studio will expand the film to more theaters. And this will happen throughout the remainder of 2012. So, hope you are ready for a lot of Alfred Hitchcock over the next few months.
And if you want to learn more about Hitchcok or maybe some other classic, blockbusting movies, just stay tuned.