In yet another shocking move of the 2013 Oscar film season, Sony Pictures Classics has decided to take Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher out the running for this year to “support the decision of the film makers to allow for more time to finish the film.” This news came hot off the heels of the erroneously released teaser trailer that burned up the internet. It’s an odd decision by Sony Pictures Classics as it only has Blue Jasmine and Before Midnight as Oscar contenders this year and for the most part the three films wouldn’t be competing in many of the same categories outside of Best Picture.
Foxcatcher details the true life events of wrestling coach and multi-millionaire John duPont (played by Steve Carell) and the relationship with Olympic wrestling champion brothers Mark and David Shultz (played by Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, respectively) that led to murder. Miller’s previous films, Capote and Moneyball resulted in multiple Oscar nominations (including a Directing nomination for Miller for Capote) and an Oscar for Best Actor for Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote. Foxcatcher was written by Dan Futterman and also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall.