Way back in 2008, Fox Searchlight jumped into Oscar action with Toronto pickup “The Wrestler
;” it yielded two 2009 Oscar acting nominations for Mickey Rourke
and Marisa Tomei
. Similarly, having lost “Birth of a Nation” as a viable candidate, Searchlight picked up “Jackie
” at Tiff 2016 and landed three nominations including Natalie Portman
for Best Actress. Last-minute Oscar-hopeful buys are relatively rare; awards campaigns aren’t meant to be rush jobs. However, it sometimes pays to be opportunistic and the 2018 race looks like one of those years.
Eager to prove itself, rising indie Neon plunked down $5 million for North American rights to “I, Tonya” (December 8), even though Margot Robbie
and Allison Janney
will go up against intense competition in the two Actress categories.
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That rookie energy also fueled Byron Allen
’s Entertainment Studios
, which not only scooped up