There will be no Oscar three-peat for the red-hot team of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, whose “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle” snagged the duo Oscar nominations in 2012 and 2013. The Depression-era drama “Serena” — filmed back in 2012, between the other two films — will be sitting out this year’s Oscar race, the film’s US distributor, Magnolia Pictures, confirmed to The Post on Monday.
Cooper plays a North Carolina lumber tycoon with a past and Lawrence his unhappy wife in the film, which was shot in the Czech Republic. “Serena” was hotly anticipated to be an Oscar contender last year, but the Hollywood Reporter reported in December that it was just being screened for potential distributors following a protracted editing period.
“Serena” is scheduled to have its world premiere at the London Film Festival in October and will begin rolling out in Europe shortly thereafter. But although it will be eligible for the British Academy Awards, a Magnolia spokesperson confirmed there are no plans for even an Oscar-qualification run at the end of 2014 before “Serena” hits US theaters sometime in 2015.
However, fans will be able to see J.Law and Cooper separately on the big screen before 2014 is out. She’s back on Nov. 21 with the latest installment of her franchise, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” and Cooper stars as a Navy SEAL in Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” slated for an Oscar-qualification run beginning Christmas Day.