If you're already marking up your calendar for Oscars season, there's plenty of chance that director Todd Haynes' Carol has been on there since its stellar debut at the Cannes Film Festival. With its initial release date planned for December 18, it was looking to open among a heady group that included The Hateful Eight and even blockbusters like Star Wars: Episode 7 - The Force Awakens. Even if Carol is almost a surefire Oscar contender, it made a move recently that saved it from falling into obscurity. It has a release date that gives it more of a significant notice to the casual audiences.
To summarize, Carol is a film starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two lovers. It may not be the most original or exciting plot imaginable, but sometimes that results in the best productions. With a cast that includes Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, and Carrie Brownstein, it is a film that has been receiving a ton of praise and is one of the front runners in terms of LGBT-themed movies being released this Fall.
For those wishing not to wait until December 18, there is great news for you. It is opening almost an entire month earlier. Instead of having to compete against the Christmas crowd, it is now opening on November 20 alongside the final film in The Hunger Games franchise. Speaking as November tends to be the most successful month for lesser known contenders, this is perfect timing and will hopefully strengthen its chances as the awards season begins to open up.
So if you set your calendar, erase it and change the date. With an already packed season promised, it is thankful that Christmas is looking less crowded. Who knows if this will actually work out, especially as Blanchett and Mara have continually received praise and are hinted at for potential Oscar nominations. For situations like those, we will just have to wait and see how this Fall plays out.