Sony Pictures Classics acquires the film after strong reviews out of TIFF

By Joey Nolfi
September 27, 2017 at 05:55 PM EDT
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Six-time nominee Glenn Close will have to wait until next year for another shot at winning her first Oscar statuette.

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the prolific actress’ latest film, The Wife, for release in 2018 without an awards-qualifying run this year, EW has confirmed.

Close stoked awards interest out of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, where The Wife — based on Meg Wolitzer’s novel of the same name, about a woman who reevaluates her life as she travels to Stockholm to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature — world-premiered (sans distribution deal) to enthusiastic reviews for its topliner’s performance; many touted her as a legitimate force if the film ended up landing a 2017 release.

Sony offered no further details on when the film will hit theaters next year, though the decision to move to 2018 likely stems from the category’s increasing crop of viable players, with an overwhelming number of Best Actress hopefuls — including Frances McDormand (Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game), Meryl Streep (The Post), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Emma Stone (Battle of the Sexes), Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Judi Dench (Victoria and Abdul), and Annette Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool) — in the conversation thus far.

In 2014, Sony Pictures Classics memorably acquired then-overdue actress Julianne Moore’s Still Alice out of TIFF as well, subsequently mounting a successful Best Actress campaign for her later that year. Other recent acting contenders from the Sony family include Isabelle Huppert (Elle), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), and Foxcatcher duo Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo.

This year, the distributor is already making a strong bid for above-the-line nominations across multiple titles, with Luca Guadagnino’s same-sex romance Call Me by Your Name scoring second runner-up for TIFF’s People’s Choice Award and the nun-themed 1960s period drama Novitiate generating strong buzz for the supporting performance of star Melissa Leo.

On the men’s side, Timotheé Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name) and Jamie Bell (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool) are solid Best Actor bets for Sony, while the former’s costar, Armie Hammer, should perform well in the supporting race in the coming months.

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