Category: Screener Watch

92nd Oscars: Screener Watch – Week 9

The week didn’t exactly slow down, but I suspect it will. Lionsgate started things off with three titles, then Universal sent 1917. After that, I got a package from my association with GALECA, which was largely a bunch of TV series from Netflix.

Lionsgate

Bombshell

Oscar Chances: Excellent: The film has already become ubiquitous in the acting categories, though its fortunes elsewhere have been weaker.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture
  • Director (Jay Roach)
  • Actress (Charlize Theron)
  • Supporting Actress (Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie)
  • Supporting Actor (John Lithgow)
  • Cinematography (Barry Ackroyd)
  • Original Screenplay (Charles Randolph)
  • Makeup & Hairstyling (Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, Vivian Baker)
  • Production Design (Mark Ricker, Ellen Brill)
  • Costume Design (Colleen Atwood)
  • Film Editing (Jon Poll)
  • Sound Editing (Renee Tondelli)
  • Sound Mixing (Lisa Pinero, John Ross, Christian Minkler)
  • Original Score (Theodore Shapiro)
  • Original Song (“One Little Soldier” – Regina Spektor)

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92nd Oscars: Screener Watch – Week 8

Universal started this week with a copy of Queen & Slim. Focus Features sent out three titles. Netflix dropped a huge package of seven films and Neon topped off the week with their usual package of DVDs in a multi-page package of twelve films. It almost feels like The Lord of the Rings again. 12 DVDs for the mortal men doomed to die, etc. This might also end up being the last batch of screeners. Looking over the list of hopefuls this year, the only titles I haven’t received so far are 1917, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Just Mercy, Little Women, Ford v Ferrari, Bombshell, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Toy Story 4, Joker, and a handful of others. Universal could still send 1917, but Sony, Disney, and Warner Bros. aren’t the best at sending screeners.

Universal

Queen & Slim

Oscar Chances: Unlikely: The film was well reviewed, but never caught on in a way that would make it a clear Oscar contender.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (James Frey, Lena Waithe, Melina Matsoukas, Michelle Knudsen, Andrew C. Coles, Brad Weston, Pamela Adby)
  • Director (Melina Matsoukas)
  • Original Screenplay (Lena Waithe, James Frey)
  • Actor (Daniel Kaluuya
  • Actress (Jodie Turner-Smith)
  • Supporting Actor (Bokeem Woodbine)
  • Supporting Actress (Indya Moore)
  • Cinematography (Tat Radcliffe)
  • Film Editing (Pete Beaudreau)
  • Production Design (Karen Murphy, Ryan Watson)
  • Costume Design (Shiona L. Turini)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Ma Kalaadevi Ananda, Lana Mora, Brian Badie, Myeisha Wade)
  • Sound Mixing (Chris Welcker, Jon Taylor, Frank A Montano)
  • Sound Editing (Greg Hedgepath)
  • Original Score (Devonte Hynes)

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92nd Oscars: Screener Watch – Week 7

The pace of screeners this week was a bit lighter. The first batch is from a company I’m not familiar with (and who didn’t exactly denote they were in the packaging), but they sent two documentaries. Amazon followed that with Annapurna right behind. Amazon came through again with another four films and then Fox Searchlight finished out the week.

Unknown

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

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

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92nd Oscars: Screener Watch – Week 6

The week of Thanksgiving started out really slow, but the Friday after and Saturday say an uptick in receipts. Here’s what we have…things started off with Fox Searchlight as the only title received prior to Thursday. After that, we got two separate packages for Amazon, a soundtrack from United Artists, then two different packages from A24.

Fox Searchlight

Jojo Rabbit

Oscar Chances: Good: With the audience award at Toronto, Jojo Rabbit has become a serious Oscar contender. While the film doesn’t look like it will score many nods outside of Best Picture, it could pull in quite a few in the below-the-line creative categories.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Carthew Neal, Taika Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley)
  • Director (Taika Waititi)
  • Adapted Screenplay (Taika Waititi)
  • Actor (Roman Griffin Davis)
  • Supporting Actor (Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen)
  • Supporting Actress (Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson)
  • Film Editing (Tom Eagles)
  • Cinematogrpahy (Mihai Malaimare Jr.)
  • Production Design (Ra Vincent, Nora Sopkova)
  • Original Score (Michael Giacchino)
  • Costume Deseign (Mayes C. Rubeo)
  • Makeup & Hairstyling (Dannelle Satherley)
  • Sound Mixing (Petr Forejt, Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee)
  • Sound Editing (Ai-Ling Lee, Tobias Poppe)
  • Visual Effects (Jason Chen)

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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)

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92nd Oscars: Screener Watch – Week 4

A large batch of screeners arrived this week. Below, they are revealed in order of receipt. Starting with Bleecker Street, then several Netflix documentaries, followed by the Magnolia/Magnet batch is up next, with National Geographic up next, and finishing off with DreamWorks’ latest Abominable.

Bleecker Street

Arctic

Oscar Chances: Unlikely: The film never managed to pick up any Oscar buzz in spite of strong reviews.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Christopher Lemole, Tim Zajaros, Noah C. Haeussner)
  • Director (Joe Penna)
  • Actor (Mads Mikkelsen)
  • Original Screenplay (Joe Penna, Ryan Morrison)
  • Cinematography (Tomas Orn Tomasson)
  • Film Editing (Ryan Morrison)
  • Production Design (Atli Geir Gretarsson)
  • Costume Design (Margret Einarsdottir)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Ragna Fossberg)
  • Original Score (Joseph Trapanese)
  • Sound Mixing (Arni Gustafsson)
  • Sound Editing (Odin Benitez, Christpoher Bonis)
  • Visual Effects (Simon Assekritov)

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92nd Oscars: Screener Watch – Week 3

This week saw several packages including content from Laika, DreamWorks Animation, A24, and Universal.

Missing Link

Oscar Chances: Uncertain: Laika is the only animation studio that has a 100% success rate in earning Oscar nominations. It hasn’t won yet. This film will test that studio’s strengths. It had solid, but unexceptional reviews and was far more kid-friendly than any of Laika’s prior outings. Closer in tone to The Boxtrolls, but a little more mainstream in its plotting. The film still has Laika’s brilliant stop-motion effects, which could keep the film in the competition. The lackluster competition could help it as well.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Animated Feature (Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner)
  • Director (Chris Butler)
  • Original Screenplay (Chris Butler)
  • Cinematography (Chris Peterson)
  • Film Editing (Stephen Perkins)
  • Production Design (Nelson Lowry, Robert Desue, Jesse Gregg, Nick Mariana)
  • Costume Design (Deborah Cook)
  • Visual Effects (Steve Emerson)
  • Sound Editing (Clayton Weber, Tim chau, Thomas O’Neil Yonkman)
  • Sound Mixing (Tim Chau, Tim Leblanc)
  • Original Score (Carter Burwell)
  • Original Song (“Do-Dilly-Do (A Friend Like You)” – Walter Martin)
  • Ensemble Cast (Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, David Walliams, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, Timothy Olymphant, Amrita Charia, Ching Valdes-Aran, Emma Thompson, Zach Galifianakis)

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92nd Oscars: Screener Watch – Week 2

During the second week, I received one new screener, this one for the early-year contender Us.

Us

Oscar Chances: Uncertain: Early on, the film’s tremendous reviews and the pedigree of being the sophomore effort from Oscar nominee Jordan Peele, the film was thought to be a minor contender with Lupita Nyong’o and the film’s screenplay having the best chances of nominations. Unlike Get Out, Us didn’t hold on to the zeitgeist long enough to be remembered and will probably end up ignored by critics. If it is support, however, it might re-enter the conversation more strongly.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Jordan Peele, Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Ian Cooper)
  • Director (Jordan Peele)
  • Original Screenplay (Jordan Peele)
  • Actress (Lupita Nyong’o)
  • Supporting Actor (Winston Duke, Tim Heidecker, Evan Alex)
  • Supporting Actress (Elisabeth Moss, Shahadi Wright Joseph)
  • Cinematography (Michael Gioulakis)
  • Film Editing (Nicholas Mansour)
  • Production Design (Ruth De Jong, Florencia Martin)
  • Costume Design (Kym Barrett)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Scott Wheeler, Camille Friend)
  • Sound Mixing (Pud Cusack, Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill)
  • Sound Editing (Trevor Gates)
  • Visual Effects (Grady Cofer, Christopher Balog, Naren Naidoo, Elia Popov)
  • Original Score (Michael Abels)

92nd Oscars: Screener Watch – Week 1

Screener season begins with the first of this year’s awards screeners.

The Secret Life of Pets 2

Oscar Chances: Unlikely: Animated Feature
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Animated Feature (Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy, Chris Renaud)
  • Film Editing (Tiffany Hillkurtz)
  • Production Design (Colin Stimpson)
  • Sound Mixing (David Acord, Gary A. Rizzo)
  • Sound Editing (Dennis Leonard, David Acord)
  • Visual Effects (David Pellée, Mathieu Le Meur, Mathieu Jordan, Milo Riccarand)
  • Original Score (Alexandre Desplat)

91st Oscars: Screener Watch, Week 7

Apparently missing everyone’s deadline, Mary Queen of Scots arrived this week after voting was finished.

Mary Queen of Scots

Oscar Chances: Uncertain: While the film could still show up in Production Design and/or Costume Design, the film’s weak reception with critics and at the box office means that it’s mostly an also-ran.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward)
  • Director (Josie Rourke)
  • Actress (Saoirse Ronan)
  • Supporting Actress (Margot Robbie)
  • Adapted Screenplay (Beau Willimon)
  • Film Editing (Chris Dickens)
  • Cinematography (John Mathieson)
  • Production Design (James Merifield, Gina Cromwell)
  • Costume Design (Alexandra Byrne)
  • Sound Mixing (Rob Flanagan, Steve Single, Andrew Caller)
  • Sound Editing (Ian Wilson, Alastair Sirkett)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Jenny Shircore)
  • Original Score (Max Richter)

91st Oscars: Screener Watch, Week 6

Netflix sent a huge package containing quite a few duplicates, but also some new titles. This is probably the last batch before the set I will get from the Independent Spirit Awards.

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91st Oscars: Screener Watch, Week 5

There aren’t likely many more screeners to come in as most of the major contenders have been forwarded. Here are the most recent eight.

Ben Is Back

Oscar Chances: Unlikely: Although early reviews suggested that both Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges were delivering solid work, it seemed like the film’s chances of Oscar glory were strong. Yet, as precursor season has continued, the film has gotten very little attention, making both actors also-rans. It’a also inhibited Peter Hedges’ chances at an Original Screenplay nomination.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Teddy Schwarzman, Peter Hedges)
  • Actress (Julia Roberts)
  • Actor (Lucas Hedges)
  • Supporting Actor (Courtney B. Vance)
  • Supporting Actress (Kathryn Newton)
  • Director (Peter Hedges)
  • Original Screenplay (Peter Hedges)

Destroyer

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91st Oscars: Screener Watch, Week 4

As the OFCS & GALECA reach their screening deadlines, my mailbox is becoming overstuffed with screeners. Here are the metric ton I’ve received this week.

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91st Oscars: Screener Watch, Week 3

A nice batch of prominent movies came in this past week, including a handful of solid Oscar contenders.
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91st Oscars: Screener Watch, Week 2

The week was a bit slow, but some major films made their way to my inbox, whether it’s the box office smash Deadpool 2 or the prime Oscar contender At Etenrity’s Gate or indie hits You Were Never Really Here and Suspiria.

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