I’ve been looking forward to Derek Cianfrance’s follow-up to ‘Blue Valentine’ since the moment I learned about it, and while not everyone fell for ‘The Place Beyond the Pines‘ a few days ago following its Toronto début, the reviews seem to indicate a high quality motion picture. That of course led to a frenzy to try and purchase the film, with The Weinstein Company initially in the lead. However, it seems that Focus Features has come out on top, beating Harvey and gaining distribution rights for the flick. After the jump you can see what I think will happen to the movie, in terms of its awards prospects and whether it’ll wind up a 2012 or a 2013 release date, but either way I’m still just as interested in seeing it as ever. Read on below for more…
When you see my next updated Oscar predictions, I’ll be dropping ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ from everything…not because of quality, but because I expect it to be a contender next year instead. It would probably benefit the film to come out next year, since the male acting categories are a bit crowded in 2012 and if co-star Bradley Cooper winds up with a nod this year for ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’ it would only help things here (the same goes for Dane DeHaan possibly being a bigger star this year, as he’s said to be terrific here). Ironically, it would lead to all three of Ryan Gosling’s initial 2012 releases (‘Gangster Squad’, ‘Only God Forgives’, and ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’) being likely 2013 releases. Go figure there. Regardless, this could be a real contender…we just might have to wait a year.
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