Lionsgate is diving back into the Oscar race–this is the studio that delivered the Oscar-winning Precious–by acquiring North American rights to John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole, starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest, which debuted in Toronto September 13. The movie, adapted by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire’s from his Pulitzer-prize-winning play, went over well with critics here. Kidman’s Blossom Films developed and produced the film, which tells the story of two parents grieving the loss of their four-year-old boy in an accident. It’s a tour-de-force role for Kidman, who won the best actress Oscar for The Hours. An Oscar campaign was part of the deal negotiation.
The studio also plans awards campaigns this year for Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds, which also scored with critics in Toronto, as well as Tyler Perry’s upcoming For Colored Girls: its ensemble cast includes Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg and Macy Gray. The trailer is below.