Fox Searchlight was searching for title changes for their upcoming Hilary Swank feature Betty Anne Waters and today it was announced a change had been made along with a release date. Betty Anne Waters will now be known as Conviction and will be released on Friday, October 15 on a limited platform.
The film is directed by Tony Goldwyn (The Last Kiss) and is based on the true story of Betty Anne Waters (Swank) a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother’s (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction. Conviction is described as an exploration of the profound bond between a brother and sister – a love so deep, so unequivocal, so complete that it becomes a force that will not be denied or defeated.
This will certainly serve as Swank’s Oscar vehicle of 2010 after the unfortunate end result of Amelia last year. However, with Sam Rockwell in tow and the rise in attention he has received from all corners thanks to last year’s Moon this may be an opportunity to receive his first Oscar nomination. Don’t get me started listing all the films he should have been nominated for in the past, but it would be nice to finally see him get rewarded with a nom at the very least.