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No 'Shame' In NC-17

Fox Searchlight has decided to take down the stigma attached to the NC-17 rating. Presidents Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley are planning a full push for Best Actor, Picture, and Supporting Actress, Cinematography and Original Screenplay.

"I think NC-17 is a badge of honor, not a scarlet letter. We believe it is time for the rating to become usable in a serious manner," says Gilula. "The sheer talent of the actors and the vision of the filmmaker are extraordinary. It's not a film that everyone will take easily, but it certainly breaks through the clutter and is distinctive and original. It's a game changer."

A film with such strong word-of-mouth will definitely see some benefits during the awards season, but will they manage to keep older voters in the seats? Only time will tell.

(Courtesy: THR)

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