Follow Andrea Riseboroughis shocking Oscar nomination for her performance in To Leslie, which initially earned $27,000 during its quiet theatrical run last fall, the film will be heading back to theaters now that there is renewed interest in the project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it will be re-released in “approximately six” locations in North America, followed by additional theaters in the UK.
While top Oscar contenders typically promote their work for months ahead of awards season, the English-born Birdman actor only began campaigning in earnest weeks ago, just as voting for the nominations began. Word-of-mouth support and social posts from Hollywood stars such as Jennifer AnistonCourteney Cox, Minnie Driver and Demi Moore appeared seemingly overnight, and that was enough to score Riseborough a place during yesterday’s announcement of this year’s nominees. To Leslie‘s recognition may be a boon for low-key releases that don’t have big prize budgets behind them, but the campaign has also been criticized for seemingly meddling with Viola Davis and Danielle Deadwyler‘s chances of making the cut.
Directed by Michael Morris, To Leslie follows Riseborough as a Texan single mother and one-time lottery winner who struggles to reconnect with her son. The film was distributed by Momentum Pictures, which co-stars Marc Maron slammed too “gross incompetence” in playing the prize game. (In the infinite multiverse, somewhere out there is a timeline where Gwyneth Paltrow and Edward Norton got together to get Aubrey Plaza an Oscar nomination for Black bear.)
While The Hollywood Reporter does not mention where the handful of theaters To Leslie will be re-released in er, many will soon come to decide for themselves whether it is a small film with a huge heart on the big screen.