Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they've picked up the TIFF hit Mother and Child starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Samuel L Jackson and Kerry Washington. The Rodrigo García adoption drama prompted more than one pundit to declare that The Bening would most definitely be back in the Best Actress Oscar race. But the press release makes no promises about when SPC would be showing off their new bundle to the public.
<--- Her Hotness Kerry Washington and Shady Naomi Watts work it out in San Sebastian, promoting Mother and Child
Sadly we'll have to assume it's not for another year (sigh... All these movies completed and placed on shelves). After all, SPC is already octomom of the Oscars for 2009. So very fertile they are. Eldest children include: An Education, Moon and Coco Before Chanel. But there's a whole litter about to drop (and now I promise I'll quit with this pregnant metaphor): The White Ribbon, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Broken Embraces and The Last Station.
A few readers have noticed the absence of "The Bening" from the blog this year. I have no idea why she hasn't piped in or what's going on with her. Maybe her stage work has been keeping her busy but she hasn't been on the red carpet as much as usual and she wasn't on the festival ride with Mother and Child either. Kerry, Naomi and Samuel did starpower duty in San Sebastian and Toronto but there's nothing quite like having Hollywood royalty at big premieres. Mr. Beatty and The Bening were missed. At least by obsessives like me.
In fact, one of the most recent non-set photos I could find of Annette on Zimbio was 12 whole months ago for a stage reading of All About Eve. But, old photo or no, I LOVE it.
Intentionally or not, she's totally replaying her bitchtastic Being Julia climax, blocking co-star Keri Russell's limelight with a swirl of her extra fabric. Hee. I love The Bening so muchly but every once in awhile I need these reminders. Can't wait to see her back in action... whenever that may be.