Photograporaphy: TIFF

Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi and Adam Beach also star in the gritty western.

The headline on the IndieWire website says it all: “Christian Bale’s Brutal Western Hostiles Officially Enters the Oscar Race.”

Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures — a relatively new outfit, run by Byron Allen, that hit box-office paydirt last summer with 47 Meters Down — has secured theatrical distribution rights to Hostiles, which recently screened at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, and plans to give it a limited theatrical run in December to qualify for this year’s Academy Awards. One month later, in January, the movie will roll out in wider nationwide release.

Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Jesse Plemons, Wes Studi, and Adam Beach star in this 19th-century western drama from director Scott Cooper (Crazy HeartBlack Mass), about an Army captain (Bale) who agrees to lead the escort for a dying Cheyenne war chief (Studi) and his family traveling back to the chief’s tribal lands. During the journey to Montana, the former antagonists encounter a widow (Pike) whose family was massacred by Comanches.

Hostiles is an incredibly powerful and entertaining film, a masterpiece,” said Allen, who is chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios. “Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike deliver flawless performances in this excellent movie.”

Stephen Lang, Scott Wilson and Q'orianka Kilcher also appear in Hostiles, which was filmed on locations in New Mexico and Colorado.