Halle Berry has thrown her hat into the awards contest as it was announced that Freestyle Releasing will give Frankie & Alice a qualifying run on December 17 in New York and Los Angeles.

The film has been set for regular release on February 4, 2011, but those involved with the film clearly felt the former Oscar winner’s performance deserved to be in the awards season mix.

Berry also produced the project, based on the true story of a woman suffering from multiple personality disorders in the early 1970s in Los Angeles.

Geoffrey Sax directed and the cast includes Stellan Skarsgard, Phylicia Rashad and Chandra Wilson. Vincent Cirrincione, Hassain Zaidi and Simon DeKaric also produced.

Cheryl Edwards, Marko King, Mary King, Jonathan Watters, Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse co-wrote the screenplay from a story by Edwards, Oscar Janiger and Philip Goldberg.

AFI Fest will introduce Berry for an on-stage conversation on November 9. Berry won the lead actress Oscar in 2002 for Monster’s Ball.

“Bringing this story to the big screen has been a challenging, yet very satisfying, film-making experience,” Berry said.  “Frankie’s struggles with mental illness came at a time when the medical community and the public were still grappling with the veracity of multiple personality disorder, and I approached this role with feelings of humility, yet great responsibility.”