From the moment it premiered here to rave reviews, including mine, John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole seemed like an obvious contender in this year's Oscar race, boasting a terrific lead performance by Nicole Kidman and the kind of solid writing that makes the "Best Adapted Screenplay" such a tough one each year. The only problem, of course, was that Rabbit Hole came to Toronto without a distributor, another polished indie film that no studio was willing to gamble on at the beginning.

As soon as we knew the movie was great, though, a distribution deal seemed inevitable, and now Deadline reports that Lionsgate will be the ones stepping up to the plate. The studio has acquired the film's North American rights with plans to release it this fall, tossing it right into the Oscar race and, if all goes well, snagging another well-deserved nomination for Kidman. It'll be interesting to see what other awards they angle for-- Dianne Wiest is also very good in a supporting turn, and even Aaron Eckhart might find his way into consideration--but you know what's even better than speculating about the Oscar race? The knowledge that you'll all get the chance to see a well-crafted, spectacularly acted movie. A release date for Rabbit Hole should be set soon, and you are all hereby instructed to start looking forward to it.

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