*Looks like Halle Berry is going all out for another Academy Award.
Per Deadline.com, the actress is launching an awards season qualifying run for her indie film “Frankie & Alice,” which opens Dec. 17 in New York and Los Angeles before its regular theatrical release set for Feb. 4 in the top 20 markets (shortly after nominations are announced).
“Bringing this story to the big screen has been a challenging, yet very satisfying, filmmaking experience,” Berry says, according to Deadline. “Her struggles with mental illness came at a time when the medical community and the public were still grappling with the veracity of multiple personality disorder, and I approached this role with feelings of humility, yet great responsibility.”
The Oscar winner for Monster’s Ball (2001) is promoting this as a “passion project” and is said to feel this is her best work since” Ball” –“ hence the awards push,” says Deadline’s Nikke Finke, adding, “ I’m told 10,000 DVD screeners will go out to the entire Academy, critics groups, SAG Nominating Committee and others.
“As one of the more visible aspects of the campaign, Berry will be a prominent part of this year’s AFI Fest on Nov. 9 in “A Conversation With Halle Berry.”
Geoffrey Sax directed “Frankie & Alice” from a script by Cheryl Edwards and Marko King & Mary King & Jonathan Watters and Joe Shrapnel & Anna Waterhouse (story by Edwards and Oscar Janiger and Phillip Goldberg). Producers also include Berry’s partner Vincent Cirrincione, Hassain Zaidi and Simon DeKaric. Tom Ortenberg’s One Way Out Media is reportedly consulting on marketing plans. Ortenberg worked with Berry on the successful “Monster’s Ball” campaign when he was at Lionsgate.
In related news, “Monster’s Ball” screenwriter Will Rokos survived being hit in the head by an arriving subway train in New York City on Saturday afternoon, the New York Post reports.
The 57-year-old writer, who had been looking into the subway tunnel to see if a train was approaching, was thrown back onto the station platform, where fellow subway riders found him semi-conscious but alive.
Rokos is currently being treated for his injuries at New York’s Bellevue Hospital. He is listed in critical but stable condition.
Rokos also acted in 2002’s“Monster’s Ball,” which made history when its star Berry became the first African-American actress to score the Best Actress Oscar. Rokos received his own Academy Award nomination for the film’s screenplay.