Scratch ‘Triple 9’ Off Your Oscar Prediction Ballots, ‘Spotlight’ Dated

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Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight

Photo: Open Road Films

Open Road has just announced John Hillcoat‘s highly anticipated dirty cop drama Triple 9, which was previously schedule for a Sep. 11 release this year, has moved to March 4, 2016. This means not only are we not getting one of the more anticipated movies of the year, but the field of Oscar contenders (and Fall film festival contenders) is now off the grid. Bummer.

Starring a massive ensemble, the film centers on a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist and the only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for “officer down.” Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck action-packed finale tangled with double-crosses, greed and revenge.

Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, Kate Winslet, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Anthony Mackie, Gal Gadot, Norman Reedus and Clifton Collins Jr. all make up the cast.

However, while one film moves out, another moves in. Though, to be fair, this one was always expected to arrive this year.

Open Road has dated Thomas McCarthy‘s Spotlight, starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber and Stanley Tucci for a limited release on Nov. 6, after which it will expand on the 13th and go wide on the 20th.

The film tells the true story of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigation team uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Just a couple days ago I updated my Best Picture Oscar predictions and I’ll be opening the doors on more categories next week, so I’m actually glad this news came down now rather than after I added Triple 9 in several categories.