Last year Sony Pictures Classics earned four Oscar nominations for “Call Me By Your Name,” with a win for screenwriter James Ivory and picked up the Foreign Language Feature award for Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman.” This year the specialized film division of Sony could do even better with its slate of celebrated fare from award-winning directors and talent.
Leading the way is Glenn Close in Björn Runge‘s acclaimed character study “The Wife.” The veteran actress has won three Emmys and three Tonys but has lost all six of her Oscar bids to date. But nomination number seven could prove to be the lucky one. The reviews for her performance as a dutiful spouse who questions her life at a key moment have been superlative. The Guardian calls her “unreadably brilliant” and proclaims the film “arguably her best performance ever.” Indiewire calls her “exquisite.” And Variety states simply “Glenn Close is a tremendous actress.”
Below, detailed listings of each of these Oscar contenders, including release dates, creative types, cast lists, running times, plot summaries, and receptions both critical and commercial.
“The Happy Prince” (Sony Pictures Classics) – October 5
Director: Rupert Everett
Writers: Rupert Everett
Cast: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Chancellor
Summary: The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor.
“The Wife” (Sony Pictures Classics) – August 17
Director: Björn Runge
Writers: Jane Anderson
Cast: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Annie Starke, Harry Lloyd, Elizabeth McGovern
Summary: A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.