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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires The Last Station

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 2, 2009 at 2:51AM

Sony Pictures Classics has added Telluride Film Festival hit The Last Station to its burgeoning 2009 slate of possible Oscar contenders. (Here's my Telluride feature on the movie.) The studio specialty subsidiary, which acquired North And Latin American rights, will push for Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer and James McAvoy for Oscar nominations.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Sony Pictures Classics has added Telluride Film Festival hit The Last Station to its burgeoning 2009 slate of possible Oscar contenders. (Here's my Telluride feature on the movie.) The studio specialty subsidiary, which acquired North And Latin American rights, will push for Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer and James McAvoy for Oscar nominations.

Meanwhile, SPC will hold back recent Toronto acquisition Get Low, which features strong performances from Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek, for the summer of 2010.

That makes sense, as the movie could find support between the coasts, given time to build word-of-mouth. Besides, SPC has plenty of awards fodder on its plate, especially An Education, which premiered in L.A. last night with director Lone Scherfig and star Carey Mulligan on hand.

This article is related to: Awards, Festivals, Studios, Oscars, Toronto, Telluride, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.