Another major contender for next years Oscar race was confirmed today with Diana, starring Naomi Watts in the title role, being picked up for U.S. distribution by Entertainment One (Deadline). This puts the film in contention at the 87th Academy Awards in 2014 and will peg Watts for the best actress gong against best pal Nicole Kidman for her role as Grace of Monaco.
Diana tells the story of Princess Diana’s love affair with Dr. Hasnat Khan, whom she met before Dodi Fayed, and is directed byDownfall’s Oliver Hirschbiegal. Khan, played by ABC’s Lost star Naveen Andrews, has to try and cope with dating the most famous woman in the world.
Grace of Monaco was not in competition at Cannes but never-the-less was scooped up by The Weinstein Co. who will heavily promote the film throughout the awards season later this year. Grace is directed by La Vie en Rose helmer, Olivier Dahan.