It looks you could pencil in Hillary Swank for another Oscar nomination. Working in her favor: she’s won twice before, she’s an excellent actress, high-profile biopics trend towards being nominated, Mira Nair is a rock solid director, excellent cast won’t let her down, and finally, the release is being handled by Fox Searchlight — a studio that knows a thing or two about getting their movies Oscar noms.
Despite knowing how the story ends, I’m hoping we get a fairly gripping portrayal of Amelia Earhart. Not many know anything about her life beyond her flying and subsequent disappearance. The only thing that will disappoint is if this becomes another paint-by-numbers affair.
Amelia flies into theaters on October 23, 2009.