Trailer: Grace of Monaco
The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity during a political dispute and looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.PT1M8S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2twh3 620 349 September 17, 2013
First Naomi Watts seemed to slip out of Academy Awards contention with the patchy reception for Diana. Now Nicole Kidman's movie about another princess is no longer an Oscars contender either.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Weinstein Company has decided that Grace of Monaco needs more time to be completed and will no longer get a limited release on November 27 to qualify for the Oscars.
When it reaches cinemas in the American spring, the drama will be positioned more as a commercial release than an awards contender.
Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace of Monaco.
Directed by Olivier Dahan (La Vie En Rose), Grace of Monaco also stars Tim Roth, Paz Vega, Parker Posey, Frank Langella and Derek Jacobi.
Producer-distributor Harvey Weinstein has a reputation for strong and decisive reactions to movies he thinks need work.
Last week the company announced a new version of the documentary Salinger, also considered an Oscars contender, after it had started its cinema run. Director Shane Salerno cut 13 minutes from the film and added eight minutes of new material as it expanded into new cities.
Naomi Watts at the world premiere of her film Diana. Photo: Getty Images
Weinstein will now be releasing two Kidman movies next year after picking up The Railway Man, which also stars Colin Firth, after its debut at the Toronto Film Festival.
The Australian, who won an Oscar for The Hours and was also nominated for Moulin Rouge and Rabbit Hole, has long been tipped as a best actress contender for playing the movie star-turned-princess, just like Watts, her friend who played Princess Diana in Diana.
But they would have faced strong competition that includes Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), Meryl Streep (August Osage County), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks) and Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue Is The Warmest Colour).