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“Florence Foster Jenkins” returns to theaters as Meryl Streep eyes another Oscar

It’s no coincidence that Paramount Pictures will be re-releasing the critically-acclaimed hit “Florence Foster Jenkins” in theaters this winter. The studio is hoping that the comedy-drama will be Meryl Streep’s 20th Oscar nomination, and re-releasing helps keep it fresh in the minds of Academy voters. The film could also prove fruitful for co-stars Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg, who could pick up Oscar noms of their own. The film was directed by Stephen Frears, and will re-release in select theaters starting on December 2.

The film’s stars have been praised for their performances from critics and awards groups alike – Streep will receive the prestigious Cecil B. Demille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the 2017 Golden Globes, Grant recently won the Hollywood Supporting Actor award at the Hollywood Film Awards, and Helberg will receive the Virtuosos Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival recognizing his outstanding breakout performance in the film.

The movie will play in Boston at the Boston Commons and AMC Methuen 20; in Chicago at the AMC River East 21 and the AMC Dine-In Theatres Yorktown; in Dallas at the AMC Grapevine Mills 30 and the AMC Stonebriar 24; in Los Angeles at the AMC Burbank Town Center 8, AMC Orange 30, and the AMC Loews Broadway; in New York at the AMC Empire 25 and the AMC Loews Stony Brook 17; in Philadelphia at the AMC Neshaminy 24 and the AMC Hamilton 24; in San Francisco at the AMC Van Ness 14 and AMC Mercado 20; in Seattle at the AMC Loews Alderwood Mall 16 and the AMC Southcenter 16; and in Washington, D.C. at the AMC Hoffman Center 22 and AMC Loews Rio Cinemas 18.

The film is based on an incredible true story, and stars three-time Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep as the legendary heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her “husband” and manager, St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge.

Originally released to rave reviews in August, the film has grossed $27 million to date and will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and other platforms on December 13. The film is available for pre-order on sites like Amazon.com.

The comedy-drama was directed by Stephen Frears and written by Nicholas Martin. The producers are Michael Kuhn and Tracey Seaward and executive producers are Cameron McCracken, Christine Langan and Malcolm Ritchie.

Of course Streep will be going against a few big performances if she does get the nomination. Other leading ladies up for the nomination are Natalie Portman (“Jackie”) who could be the favorite if Streep is snubbed, Emma Stone (“La La Land”), and Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”).