By Sean O’Connell
David O. Russell’s Oscar contender Silver Linings Playbook will open The 2012 Savannah Film Festival, an annual event that this year will showcase similar awards contenders like Robert Zemeckis’ Flight, Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet, the crowd-pleasing musical comedy The Sapphires and Michael Haneke’s emotionally draining Amour.
The fest will kick off on Saturday, Oct. 27. It also will conclude with a 3D screening of DreamWorks Animation’s holiday blockbuster Rise of the Guardians.
Russell’s comedy has been building awards momentum since it took home the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The Hollywood Film Awards announced so far that it will recognize Robert De Niro with the Hollywood Supporting Actor award, as well as Russell with this year’s Hollywood Director Award. Expect them to be the first of many prestigious award nominations Silver Linings picks up as the season rolls along.