Last week I had a chance to see Frankie & Alice, the Halle Berry drama that’s making a late entrance into the awards season. The former Best Actress winner for Monster’s Ball gives another strong, gutsy performance as a stripper with multiple-personality disorder (her other two personas are a racist white woman and, most arrestingly, a small child). Whether or not the film will be well-received enough for Berry to be able to challenge The Kids Are All Right’s Annette Bening and Black Swan’s Natalie Portman remains to be seen. But I’d certainly put her on the list of eight women (along with Bening, Portman, Kids’ Julianne Moore, Winter’s Bone’s Jennifer Lawrence, Another Year’s Lesley Manville, Rabbit Hole’s Nicole Kidman, and Blue Valentine’s Michelle Williams) that have the best shot at filling out the five Best Actress slots this year.
The movie opens Dec. 10; in the meantime, here’s a first look at the film’s poster. Click the image above to see it full-size.