The press release just went out with the news that Peter Weir’s The Way Back will get its Oscar run this year. That is good news, possibly, for Ed Harris as a very very strong supporting actor contender. In fact, it may be a game-changer for that category. It also could be a strong contender to take one of the ten slots for Best Picture and Weir, a favorite of the film community and a non-winner as well, could be a contender for Best Director. Harris has never won and is WAY overdue. Funny thing that Scott Rudin is listed as executive producer for this film, but is producer on two rival films: The Social Network and True Grit. You have to choose, Sophie!¬† What a year for him, eh?
‚ÄúAfter the positive reception and critical acclaim we received at Telluride, it was clear that THE WAY BACK should have an Oscar qualifying run. It was incredibly gratifying that audiences and critics responded so favorably to Peter Weir‚Äôs vision, the actors‚Äô outstanding performances, and the stunning craftwork,‚Äù comment Sinclair and Daniel Battsek, president of National Geographic Entertainment.
Notes Ball: ‚ÄúAs a new company, we are honored to have the Wrekin Hill name attached to such an acclaimed film as THE WAY BACK. We are extremely enthusiastic about bringing the film to audiences this winter.‚Äù