Though Warner Bros found itself in the Oscar race last year with Chris Nolan’s Inception, awards season isn’t usually when the studio shines. This year, Warner Bros finds itself with not one but two potential contenders in the Oscar race, and the studio has found a way to give both films space from each other. Warner Bros has set the Clint Eastwood-directed Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer J Edgar for a limited release on Wednesday, Nov. 9, with a wide release set for two days later. Eastwood produced with Imagine partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, and Robert Lorenz.

Warner Bros has dated the Stephen Daldry-directed drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close for limited release on Dec. 25, with a wide release to take place on Jan. 20, 2012. That film stars Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, and it was produced by Scott Rudin, who’s always got at least one film in the Oscar race.

Warner Bros also slotted the sequel Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D for Feb. 10, moving the film off its original Jan. 27 date. And the Alfonso Cuaron-directed Gravity 3D, with George Clooney and Bullock, has been set for Nov. 12, 2012. The big role in that space film is the one played by Bullock, so Warner Bros could have two years of Oscar campaigning for the actress, who won her first Academy Award for The Blind Side.

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