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A small indie drama getting released in the fall isn't really news. But when the very press release for that film shouts "Nominate me for an Oscar!", it's at least an oddity. The Michelle Monaghan drama Trucker hit the festival circuit last year, and now has been picked up by Monterey Media, which will release the film October 9.
The press release crows that the date puts the film "right into the middle of the fall awards season," which is a pretty clever way of getting people to say "Could Michelle Monaghan be nominated?" before most people have even seen the film. To be fair, the pulled press quotes in the release are positive; the words "unforgettable" and "star-making are tossed around freely." Looking at Erik Davis' full review at Cinematical, you may notice they conveniently left out the part where he suggests that "I'm not sure there's enough hurt and dirt in the part to get her a[n Oscar] nod."
Still, it looks like they'll be doing their damnedest to get her there anyway, starting the Oscar talk now and seeing how far it can get them. There's the Melissa Leo in Frozen River precedent suggesting that such a long-shot nod is possible, but... I'm skeptical until a solid amount of rave reviews start supporting this cause.
Read the full press release below:
New York (NY) (August 24, 2009) – California based-Monterey Media, which acquired U.S. rights to writer/director James Mottern’s TRUCKER starring Michelle Monaghan, has set an October 9 release date for the film, putting it right into the middle of the Fall awards season. Produced by Plum Pictures (The Great World of Sound, Grace is Gone) and Scott Hanson, and executive produced by Hart-Lunsford Pictures and Monaghan, the film also stars Nathan Fillion, Benjamin Bratt, Jimmy Bennett and Joey Lauren Adams. The film will open exclusively in New York theaters and then roll out nationally.