It’s a fool’s errand to try and predict the 2014 Oscars a year in advance, but based on what we know about it so far Grace of Monaco could very well end up a serious contender. It’s directed by La vie en rose helmer Olivier Dahan (check), stars Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman and nominee Tim Roth (double check), and centers around a widely beloved entertainment industry figure (triple check). If that doesn’t sound tailor-made for the Academy, I don’t know what does.

The Weinsteins apparently think so as well, as they’ve already scooped up the distribution rights for around $5 million. Arriving hand-in-hand with that acquisition are the first official images of Kidman as the late actress turned princess. Check them out after the jump.

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Last year a script called Grace of Monaco hit the Black List, that collation of popular but as-yet unproduced screenplays. The script, by Arash Amel, investigates a year in the life of Grace Kelly, the cool blonde movie star turned Princess of Monaco, as she deals with a crisis in her adopted home country.

The film is going forward with Olivier Dahan (Ghost River, La vie en rose) directing, and now Nicole Kidman is in talks to play the cinema icon. Read More »

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