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Yes, 'Frankie & Alice' does qualify for this year's Oscar derby

October 26, 2010 | 11:41 am

Halle berryEven though "Frankie and Alice" appeared on the Oscars' reminder list of 2009, it is eligible for Academy Awards in 2010, according to a spokesperson for Freestyle Releasing.

On Monday, the distributor announced "Frankie and Alice" will receive a qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles starting Dec. 17 before it opens wide on Feb. 4, 2011. Soon thereafter, Guy Lodge (InContention) noted that "Frankie and Alice" appeared on last year's Oscar reminder list, which introduced doubt about its current eligibility.  He warned that the reminder list is issued in early December and only reflects distributors' intent. It is not the official eligibility list.

An academy spokesperson tells Steve Pond at the Wrap, "Having been included in the list last year does not disqualify it, and in any given year there may be one or more movies in the reminder list that don't end up opening after all."

According to the Index to Motion Picture Credits on the academy's website, "Frankie and Alice" was released in Los Angeles on Dec. 25, 2009, so that means it didn't complete a full week's run in both L.A. and New York City.

"Frankie and Alice" looks like classic Oscar bait with past champ Halle Berry starring as a woman suffering from multiple-personality disorder (shades of Joanne Woodward in "Three Faces of Eve"). When the news of its entry into the 2010 derby hit the Oscar blogosphere Monday, it triggered a storm of speculation that Berry might successfully ambush the lead actress race in the home stretch exactly like Jeff Bridges did last year when "Crazy Heart" received a last-minute release.

UPDATE 2:45 p.m. -- The original draft of this article gave credit for this news to our forums poster seanflynn instead of Guy Lodge at InContention. The correction has been made.

Photo: Freestyle Releasing

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