92nd Oscars: Screener Watch – Week 5

CBS Films started off the week with a documentary screener and that was followed by another A24 delivery, then one form Paramount, one from STX, and finally two from Roadside Attractions. Here they are.

CBS Films

Pavarotti

Oscar Chances: Unknown: I’m not that familiar with the Documentary Feature contenders this year, so I don’t have a comment.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Documentary Feature (Ron Howard, Nigel Sinclair, Brian Grazer, Michael Rosenberg, Jeanne Elfant Festa)

A24

The Farewell

Oscar Chances: Uncertain: The film came out of the early festival season with a lot of buzz and a strong potential for nominations. However, that buzz has faded a bit in the intervening months and while it’s still in competition, its chances have weakened significantly. It could still be rescued by critics, but it will take a lot of love to get it to the Oscar race intact.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture
  • Director (Lulu Wang)
  • Actress (Awkwafina)
  • Supporting Actress (Zhao Shuzhen)
  • Film Editing (Michael Taylor, Matthew Friedman)
  • Cinematography (Anna Franquesa-Solano)
  • Production Design (Yong Ok Lee, Wang Hanrui)
  • Costume Design (Athena Wang)
  • Original Score (Alex Weston)
  • Sound Mixing (Gene Park)
  • Sound Editing (Gene Park)
  • Makeup & Hairstyling (Chang Chunlin, Qian Weifeng)
  • Visual Effects (Ruben Gloria)

Paramount Pictures

Rocketman

Oscar Chances: Good: This film has a good chance at Oscar nominations, but not in the way that Bohemian Rhapsody did. This film’s problem was the early release. Still, Taron Egerton remains a dark horse contender for Best Actor and the film could easily show up in Production Design, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing, it’s three best chances at nominations and the most likely to occur are Original Song, Costume Design, and Makeup & Hairstyling.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Matthew Vaughn, David Furnish, Adam Bohling, David Reid)
  • Director (Dexter Fletcher)
  • Actor (Taron Egerton)
  • Supporting Actress (Bryce Dallas Howard, Gemma Jones)
  • Supporting Actor (Jamie Bell, Richard Madden)
  • Original Screenplay (Lee Hall)
  • Cinematography (George Richmond)
  • Costume Design (Julian Day)
  • Production Design (Marcus Rowland, Judith Farr)
  • Film Editing (Chris Dickens)
  • Makeup & Hairstyling (Lizzie Yianni Georgiou, Tapio Salmi, Barrie Gower)
  • Original Song (“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” – Elton John, Bernia Taupin, Taron Egerton)
  • Sound Mixing (John Hayes, Mike Prestwood Smith, Matthew Collinge)
  • Sound Editing (Danny Sheehan, Matthew Collinge)
  • Visual Effects (Holger Voss)

STX Entertainment

Hustlers

Oscar Chances: Uncertain: The film was a surprise festival hit; however, only Jennifer Lopez has been able to manage much in the way of buzz. While the film could end up in Adapted Screenplay, Lopez is the best bet and she’s running against light competition, so it could happen, but I’m not completely sold on that fact.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Jessica Elbaum, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Jennifer Lopez, Benny Medina, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay)
  • Director (Lorene Scafaria)
  • Actress (Constance Wu)
  • Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lopez)
  • Adapted Screenplay (Lorene Scafaria)
  • Cinematography (Todd Banhazl)
  • Film Editing (Kayla M. Emter)
  • Production Design (Jane Musky, Alexandra Mazur)
  • Costume Design (Mitchell Travers)
  • Casting (Gayle Keller)
  • Makeup & Hairstyling (Margot Boccia, Angel de Angelis)
  • Sound Editing (Sean McCormack, Jon Wakeham)
  • Sound Mixing (Tom Nelson, John Ross, Christian P. Minkler)

Roadside Attractions

Judy

Oscar Chances: Good: While the film isn’t likely to show up in many places outside of Production Design and Costume Design, there’s one place it’s almost guaranteed to show up: Best Actress. Renée Zellweger has earned tremendous reviews and is currently running at the head of the pack for a second Oscar win.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (David Livingstone)
  • Actress (Renée Zellweger)
  • Director (Rupert Goold)
  • Adapted Screenplay (Tom Edge)
  • Supporting Actor (Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon)
  • Supporting Actress (Jessie Buckley)
  • Cinematography (Ole Bratt Birkeland)
  • Film Editing (Melanie Ann Oliver)
  • Production Design (Kave Quinn, Stella Fox)
  • Costume Design (Jany Temime)
  • Makeup & Hairstyling (Jeremy Woodhead)
  • Sound Mixing (Adrian Bell, Paul Cotterell))
  • Sound Editing (Lee Herrick)
  • Original Score (Gabriel Yared)

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Oscar Chances: Unlikely: The film just doesn’t seem like an Oscar contender and while it’s been well reviewed, there just doesn’t appear to be much buzz for it, even with the Spirit Awards, where it should have been a major player if it ever was going to be one.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Christopher Lemole, Tim Zajaros, Lije Sarki, David Thies)
  • Director (Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz)
  • Original Screenplay (Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz)
  • Actor (Shia LaBeouf)
  • Supporting Actress (Dakota Johnson)
  • Supporting Actor (John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, Zack Gottsagen, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church)
  • Cinematography (Nigel Bluck)
  • Film Editing (Kevin Tent, Nat Fuller)
  • Production Design (Gabrael Wilson, James “Jungle” Shaughnessy)
  • Makeup & Hairstyling (Lauren Thomas, Andrea Mona Bowman)
  • Sound Mixing (Kevin Strahm, Andy Koyama, Jason Dotts)
  • Sound Editing (Trevor Gates)
  • Original Score (Jonathan Sadoff, Zachary Dawes, Noam Pikelny, Gabe Witcher)
  • Original Song (“Running for So Long (House a Home” – Parker Ainsworth, Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwratz)

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