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UPDATED Sony Pictures Classics Will Have Oscar Qualifying Runs for Anthony Hopkins’ Oscar Movie, “The Father,” Michelle Pfeiffer in “French Exit,” and Two More Releases as Well



Anyone who’s seen Sir Anthony Hopkins in “The Father” knows he’s on the way to an Oscar nomination and possible win. The Florian Zeller movie co-starring Olivia Colman, Rufus Sewell, and Olivia Williams is a sizzling piece of film.

Sony Pictures Classics will release it “officially” on February 26th, 2021. That’s right at the very end of when movies can qualify for the Oscars on April 25th.

But don’t worry: “The Father,” like all four of SPC’s Oscar releases this season, will qualify for every award.

The other films, “French Exit,” “The Truffle Hunters,” and “I Carry You With Me,” will all be eligible for all awards.

The studio has “French Exit,” still dated for February 12th, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Valerie Mahaffey very deserving of nominations. I hope they stick with that date and promote the hell out of that film.

There was some confusion because different awards groups are accepting films before their public release dates based on arcane rules that we don’t need to understand. A poorly worded press release sent us in the wrong direction. But I’m relieved, because we need all these films for 2021 awards season!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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