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Fox Searchlight Gives 'Margaret' an 11th-Hour Oscar Push

Photo of Dana Harris By Dana Harris | Indiewire January 11, 2012 at 6:39PM

Oscar ballots are due tomorrow at 5 p.m., but Fox Searchlight has booked Kenneth Lonergan's long-delayed, virtually ignored "Margaret" for a one-week run at the Cinefamily in Los Angeles and sent screeners to all Academy members.
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Oscar ballots are due tomorrow at 5 p.m., but as LA Weekly reported, Fox Searchlight has booked Kenneth Lonergan's long-delayed, virtually ignored "Margaret" for a one-week run at the Cinefamily in Los Angeles, along with sending screeners to all Academy members and making star Anna Paquin available for interviews. 

As Indiewire's Reel Politik reported last month, "Margaret" also had a one-week run in New York's Cinema Village. However, that wasn't initiated by Searchlight, but by the theater. Said booker Ed Arentz, "I booked it because I missed it, and figured there were plenty like me that wanted to see it." The film is now going into its fourth weekend in New York.

In Indiewire's 2011 Criticwire poll, "Margaret" came in at #9. The film also benefited from an online petition as well as a Twitter hashtag,#teammargaret. Wrote freelance critic Mike D'Angelo, "People just flat-out refused to let that movie die, even after the initial wave of deeply misguided reviews all but buried it. We dragged its bloody, comatose form into the year-end conversation by sheer force of will, fueled by nothing more than passion."

So, we're curious: Have you seen "Margaret," or wish that you could? Do you think it deserves the fuss?

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