Boy, that was quick.

One day after showing the new music-themed drama "Crazy Heart" to selected press including your humble prognosticator, Fox Searchlight officially announced the potential Oscar candidate will now open in limited released on December 16. In addition, the studio made two images from the Jeff Bridges showcase available for the first time.

You can read more about Bridges entry into the Best Actor race here, but it will be intriguing to see how "Crazy Heart" affects the overall Best Picture and Actor races.  And just as importantly, how it will fare in Best Original Song.  For the moment though, enjoy the pics as we await the first  official preview.

Hopefully Searchlight will throw a Colin Farrell photo out soon too.

Here's the studios official synopsis:

Four-time Academy Award® nominee Jeff Bridges stars as the richly comic, semi-tragic romantic anti-hero Bad Blake in the debut feature film CRAZY HEART from writer-director Scott Cooper.  Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician.  As he struggles down the road of redemption, Bad learns the hard way just how tough life can be on one man’s crazy heart.

 

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 Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake composing a tune in "Crazy Heart."

 

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<p>Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal in a scene from the upcoming drama

Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal in a scene from the potential Oscar contender "Crazy Heart."

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