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Hitchcock to be Released into the 2012 Oscar Race

Looks like Anthony Hopkins will throw his hat in the ring for Best Actor, as Fox Searchlight has just announced Hitchcock will open on November 23. Directed by Sacha Gervasi, written by John McLaughlin, the pic is based on the book “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” by Stephen Rebello and stars Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Jessica Biel, Michael Stuhlbarg, James D’Arcy, Michael Wincott, Richard Portnow, Kurtwood Smith.

This obviously thrusts Anthony Hopkins into the already crowded Best Actor category:

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln (2X winner)
Denzel Washington, Flight (1X winner in lead)
Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained (1 time winner in lead)
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Anthony Hopkins, Hitchcock

And so it goes. What remains to be seen of that list could include Scarlett Johannson, Helen Mirren, Danny Huston – you name it. I for one cannot wait.