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.