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Golden Globes nominations: Halle Berry

December 14, 2010 |  1:00 pm

Halle Berry Earlier this year, Halle Berry wasn't sure the drama she produced and stars in, "Frankie and Alice," would ever get a theatrical release. On Tuesday, Berry awoke in Los Angeles to learn she had received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the film as a woman whose multiple personalities include a white racist.

"We had a hard time finding a distributor because people said, ‘Who wants to see this?’"  Berry said. "These movies are becoming dinosaurs -- movies about complex issues and characters. Studios are interested in animated movies and comedies."

"Frankie and Alice" was shot in 2008 and 2009 and sat on the shelf without a distributor for more than a year until Freestyle Releasing acquired it in the spring. After a one-week academy qualifying run this month, the film will open on 400 screens Jan. 28.

This wouldn't be the first time a movie that had languished in distribution limbo became a late-to-the-season awards contender. Jeff Bridges won an Oscar for "Crazy Heart," a film scheduled to go direct-to-DVD before Fox Searchlight acquired it in July 2009, and 2009 best picture winner "Slumdog Millionaire" was left searching for a buyer when its original distributor, Warner Independent, went out of business.

Berry's performance in "Frankie and Alice" required more than the usual actorly preparation. "I broke it down like I do every character," Berry said. "I normally create a journal, create a life for a character. Only this time, instead of doing it for one character, I did it for three."

Now an audience of tens of millions will watch Berry play herself on the Golden Globes red carpet less than two weeks before the film's release.

"With this recognition, hopefully, that will inspire people to check it out," Berry said.

-- Rebecca Keegan

Photo: Halle Berry. Credit: Reuters