Coin: Capitol Films financed and handled foreign sales. Capitol subsid ThinkFilm did domestic release.
Buzz: Helmer Sidney Lumet has never won the Oscar despite five noms (not including an Honorary Award), and he could garner a large vote from those who feel he’s long overdue. As lead actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman gives a bravura perf, but he’s got two other pics in contention this season. Ethan Hawke plus Oscar winners Albert Finney and Marisa Tomei are all in play for supporting categories. Kelly Masterson’s debut screenplay could be recognized.
Kudos: Shared the ensemble cast Gotham Award with “Talk to Me.” Nominated for two Spirit Awards.