Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong Oscars Campaigns For ‘Armageddon Time’

Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong Oscars Campaigns For ‘Armageddon Time’

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Focus Features seeks to follow in the footsteps of Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”), last year’s Best Original Screenplay winner, and seeks to position writer, director and co-producer James Gray as one of the award season’s breakthrough nominees for ” Armageddon Time”. The film currently sits at a respectable 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the awards team will be looking for opportunities outside the Writer’s Branch.

Following the film’s debut at the Cannes Film Festival, before stopping at Telluride and later this week at the New York Film Festival, the distributor has revealed exclusively to Variety are awards submission categories for the film’s actors.

Anne Hathaway, who plays the devoted mother Esther, was one of the actors who seemed to cross the line between lead and support, and she’ll be looking for the latter. A two-time Oscar nominee for “Rachel Getting Married” (2008) and “Les Misérables” (2012), which she won for Best Supporting Actress, she has not been a nominee at the ceremony in the past decade. With Michelle Williams’ turn in “The Fabelmans” as the lead actress, the studio apparently sees an opening for Hathaway in a wide-open category.

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As feisty grandmother Mickey Rabinowitz, four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh will also compete alongside Hathaway. While she doesn’t have a lot of screen time compared to her co-stars, Feldshuh’s role is full of one-line singers, stealing the movie every moment she’s on screen.

“Armageddon Time”

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In supporting role, Emmy winner Jeremy Strong (HBO’s “Succession”) as the stern father Irving will try to break into a race that’s packed with multiple veterans, including his co-star Anthony Hopkins as the wise and loving grandfather Aaron. Hopkins also has a one-scene wonder in Florian Zeller’s “The Son” opposite Hugh Jackman that can also play a part in the discussion.

In his feature film debut, Jaylin Webb as Paul’s black friend Johnny Davis, who is going through a multitude of hardships, will also be presented as a supporting player. His co-star Banks Repeta, who plays young Paul, will be the only actor submitted for the lead role.

The coming-of-age story, which focuses on the strength of family and the pursuit of the American dream, also seeks recognition in the technical races: production design (Happy Massee and Teri Bella), cinematography (Darius Khondji, who also photographed “Bardo”), costume design (Madeline Weeks), film editing (Scott Morris), and original score (Christopher Spelman).

In addition to Gray, Oscar winner Anthony Katagas (“12 Years a Slave”), Marc Butan and Rodrigo Teixeira also work as producers.

Gray receives the directorial honors at Mill Valley and the Bill Wittliff Award for screenwriting from the Austin Film Festival.

“Armageddon Time” will be released in limited release on October 28 and will expand on November 11.

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