Fox Searchlight Jumps ‘Crazy Heart’ Into Oscar Season

Jeff Bridges-led country music film to get December release.

Last Updated: November 4, 2009 @ 6:49 AM

We knew Fox Searchlight was in love with "Crazy Heart," the low-budget country music drama that stars Jeff Bridges as a faded, booze-fueled singer named Bad Blake who’s trying to get his career back on track. Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Scott Cooper, the film costars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell.

Searchlight acquired the film in July, taking it off the market with a low seven-figure bid, enamored by the film’s acting and nuanced storytelling. Its original plan was to release the movie in the spring of 2010. But Searchlight is now planning a limited Dec. 11 release in Los Angeles and New York before taking the film wider early next year.

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