A FIRST ACTING OSCAR NOMINATION FOR A CANADIAN FILM IN MORE THAN TWO DECADES

Toronto, January 25, 2005 – Serendipity Point Films and THINKFilm announced that Being Julia which has been playing in theatres since October 15th in Canada and the US expands into wide national release across Canada on Friday, January 28th.

This is the first time in more than two decades that a Canadian film has been nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category and the first time a Canadian film has won a Golden Globe Award.

The Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award nomination are just some of the many distinctions that Being Julia has received. Being Julia has also won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress, a Golden Satellite Award for Best Actress and Ms. Bening has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress. In the past few months, Ms. Bening received the Hollywood Actress of the Year Award; the Donostia Prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and a Lifetime Achievement Award at both the Boston and Chicago International Film Festivals.

Being Julia stars Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons and a supporting cast that includes Bruce Greenwood, Lucy Punch, Shaun Evans, Juliet Stevenson, Maury Chaykin, Miriam Margolyes, Sheila McCarthy, Tom Sturridge and Michael Gambon. Being Julia is produced by Robert Lantos whose credits include Black Robe, The Sweet Hereafter and Sunshine. The film is directed by Sunshine’s Istvan Szabo, who returns to the theatrical milieu of his Oscar-winning Mephisto, and is adapted from W. Somerset Maugham’s novel Theatre by Academy Award winner Ronald Harwood.

Being Julia is distributed in Canada by ThinkFilm and in the US by Sony Pictures Classics.