Ridley Scott's film Black Hawk Down has had
its US release date brought forward and
will now be eligible for next year's Oscars.
Black Hawk Down stars Ewan McGregor, Josh Hartnett
and Jason Isaacs.
It is an action-drama about the ill-fated 1993
battle in Mogadishu, Somalia, during which 18
US Army Rangers were killed.
Black Hawk Down was originally due to be released
in the US on March 1, but will now have a limited
release in Los Angeles and New York on December
28. That makes it eligible for nomination for
the Oscars in March.
According to Hollywood reports Ridley Scott
showed the film to executives at the film studio
two weeks ago and they made the decision to
release it early.
The film is due to be released in the UK next