Category: Screener Watch

90th Oscars: Screener Watch – Amazon Studios

Amazon has a lot of solid efforts this year. They’ve sent four. Of note is that Woody Allen isn’t listed at all on the Wonder Wheel screener, not for directing or for screenplay.


90th Oscars: Screener Watch – SP Releasing

A company I’ve not heard of with a film I’m not familiar with starring people I recognize. It’s an odd submission.

The Pirates of Somalia

Oscar Chances: Unlikely: The fact that this is on no one’s radar pretty much confirms it’s not a contender.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Mino Jarjoura, Matt Lefebvre, Claude Dal Farra, Irfaan Fredericks)
  • Director (Bryan Buckley)
  • Adapted Screenplay (Evan Peters)
  • Supporting Actor (Al Pacino, Barkhad Abdi)
  • Supporting Actress (Sabrina Hassan Abdule)
  • Original Score (Andrew Feltenstein, John Nau)

90th Oscars: Screener Watch – A24 4

I have a voting deadline looming and A24 has sent me another film. While I suspect this one is for my voting that will occur in January, I have an option to review it for Friday.

The Disaster Artist

Oscar Chances: Uncertain: Only two elements of the film are at all considered Oscar contenders: James Franco is probably the weakest of the two as a Best Actor contender and the Adapted Screenplay is the most likely. Both could make it in, but my guess is only the screenplay is as that category is definitely the weakest.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (James Franco, Vince Jolivette, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver
  • Director (James Franco)
  • Adapted Screenplay (Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber)
  • Actor (James Franco)
  • Supporting Actor (Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcheron, Paul Scheer)
  • Supporting Actress (Alison Brie, Ari Graynor)
  • Cinematography (Brandon Trost)
  • Production Design (Chris Spellman, Susie Lynch)
  • Film Editing (Stacey Schroeder)
  • Costume Design (Brenda Abbandandolo)
  • Original Score (Dave Porter)
  • Sound Mixing (Christopher S. Aud, Aaron Glascock)
  • Sound Editing (Christopher S. Aud)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Sweet P. Vaughn, Vanessa Price)

90th Oscars: Screener Watch – Focus Features 2

Perhaps Focus Features’ biggest candidate this year is next up on the docket.

Darkest Hour

Oscar Chances: Good: Sight unseen, everyone thought this would be a major Oscar contender. While it still has solid chances in a number of categories, its reputation hasn’t been great and it’s stumbling hard in the early precursors. It could bounce back, though.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten, Douglas Uranski)
  • Director (Joe Wright)
  • Actor (Gary Oldman)
  • Supporting Actor (Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, Ben Mendelsohn)
  • Supporting Actress (Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James)
  • Original Screenplay (Anthony McCarten)
  • Film Editing (Valerio Bonelli)
  • Cinematography (Bruno Delbonnel)
  • Production Design (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer)
  • Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran)
  • Sound Mixing (John Casali, Craig Berkey, Paul Cotterell)
  • Sound Editing (Craig Berkey, Becki Ponting)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Ivana Primorac, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick)
  • Original Score (Dario Marianelli)

90th Oscars: Screener Watch – A24 3

Another A24 package arrived, this time with a major contender.

Lady Bird

Oscar Chances: Definite: The film will be a major factor in several above-the-line category, picking up at least four nominations, possibly a fifth in Best Director).
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture
  • Director (Greta Gerwig)
  • Original Screenplay (Greta Gerwig)
  • Actress (Saoirse Ronan)
  • Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf, Beanie Feldstein)
  • Supporting Actor (Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet)
  • Cinematography (Sam Levy)
  • Film Editing (Nick Houy)
  • Production Design (Chris Jones, Traci Spadorcia)
  • Costume Design (April Napier)
  • Original Score (Jon Brion)
  • Sound Mixing (Skip Lievsay, Paul Hsu, Amanda Beggs)
  • Sound Editing (Paul Hsu)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Jacqueline Marie Knowlton, Aubrey Marie)

90th Oscars: Screener Watch – 20th Century Fox 3

There may be still more to come, but this is another major Fox contender. This is clearly a SAG screener.

War for the Planet of the Apes

Oscar Chances: Solid: While it won’t be nominated in any of the recommended categories, it will definitely be a Best Visual Effects contender.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Actor (Andy Serkis)
  • Supporting Actor (Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Toby Kebbell, Terry Notary)
  • Supporting Actress (Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval)
  • Cast in a Motion Picture (Andy Skerkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Toby Kebbell, Amiah Miller)

90th Oscars: Screener Watch – Neon

A big production package from Neon featuring several titles. No proposed categories on these.


Oscar Chances: Unlikely: Well reviewed Anne Hathaway starrer that doesn’t have much of a prayer.

The B-Side

Oscar Chances: Unknown: This documentary could be a contender, but it’s not been on many year-end lists so far, so possibly not.

The Bad Batch

Oscar Chances: Unlikely: A film that arrived and left without much fanfare. Not the type of movie Oscar voters suddenly discover.

Beach Rats

Oscar Chances: Unlikely: It earned solid praise, but the subject matter isn’t quite up the Academy’s alley.

Ingrid Goes West

Oscar Chances: Unlikely: Crass comedy that was modestly received, but not the Academy’s cup of tea.


Oscar Chances: Unkonwn: Directed by CitizenFour documentarian Laura Poitras, the film hasn’t scoped out a lot of end-of-season accolades so far, so probably not much of a contender.

90th Oscars: Screener Watch – Annapurna

Annapurna has had a lot of success at the Oscars in recent memory, so they’ve sent along one of their early contenders.


Oscar Chances: Unlikely: The film came, got good reviews, and then disappeared almost immediately. Although it could be a return to the Oscars for Kathryn Bigelow, it’s more likely that it doesn’t make much of an impression.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Megan Ellison, Kathryn Bigelow, Matthew Budman, Mark Boal, Colin Wilson)
  • Director (Kathryn Bigelow)
  • Actor (Algee Smith)
  • Supporting Actor (John Boyega, Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie)
  • Supporting Actress (Hanna Murray, Kaitlyn Dever)
  • Original Screenplay (Mark Boal)
  • Cinematography (Barry Ackroyd)
  • Film Editing (William GOldenberg, Harry Yoon)
  • Production Design (Jeremy Hindle, Greg Berry, Kathy Lucas)
  • Costume Design (Francine Jamison-Tanchuck)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Whitney James, Camille Friend)
  • Sound Editing (Paul N.J. Ottosson)
  • Sound Mixing (Ray Beckett, Paul N.J. Ottosson)
  • Original Song (“It Ain’t Fair” – Ahmir Thompson, Tario Trotter)
  • Original Score (James Newton Howard)

90th Oscars: Screener Watch – Entertainment Studios

A studio with very little experience and clout has sent a film that got good early notices.


Oscar Chances: Unlikely: While the film did receive solid reviews, it’s being handled by a studio with no real experience in Oscar campaigning, suggesting the film is unlikely to succeed at the Oscars.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (John Lesher, KenKao, Scott Cooper)
  • Director (Scott Cooper)
  • Actor (Christian Bale)
  • Supporting Actor (Wes Studi, Ben Foster)
  • Supporting Actress (Rosamund Pike, Q’orianka Kilcher)
  • Adapted Screenplay (Scott Cooper, Donald E. Stewart)
  • Film Editing (Tom Cross)
  • Cinematography (Masanobu Takayanagi)
  • Visual Effects (Jake Braver, Oliver Atherton)
  • Sound Mixing (Jose Antonio Garcia)
  • Costume Design (Jenny Eagan)
  • Production Design (Donald Graham Burt)
  • Sound Editing (Skip Lievsay, Paul Urmson, Jose Antonio Garcia)
  • Original Score (Max Richter)
  • Original Song (“How Shall a Sparrow Fly” – Ryan Bingham)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Jane Galli, Lori Guidroz)

90th Oscars: Screener Watch – 20th Century Fox 2

One of the last screeners of the season has arrived. Here’s Fox’s second.

The Post

Oscar Chances: Strong: There’s no doubt that the film will be a major Oscar player this year and in several categories at that.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger)
  • Director (Steven Spielberg)
  • Original Screenplay (Liz Hannah, Josh Singer)
  • Actress (Meryl Streep)
  • Actor (Tom Hanks)
  • Supporting Actress (Sarah Paulson, Carrie Coon)
  • Supporting Actor (Bob Odenkirk, Tracey Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys)
  • Cinematography (Janusz Kaminski)
  • Production Design (Rick Carter, Rene DeAngelo)
  • Film Editing (Michael Kahn, Sarah Broshar)
  • Costume Design (Ann Roth)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (J. Roy Helland, Judy Chin, Kay Georgiou, Christine Fennell-Harlan)
  • Original Score (John Williams)
  • Sound Mixing (Drew Kunin, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom)
  • Sound Editing (Richard Hymns, Brian Chumney, Gary Rydstrom)
  • Visual Effects (Erik Liles, Edson Williams)

90th Oscars: Screener Watch – STX

STX Entertainment is relatively new to the Oscar game, but in Molly’s Game, they might have a contender.

Molly’s Game

Oscar Chances: Potential: Jessica Chastain is a popular actress in Hollywood and could be a contender, as could Idris Elba. While I doubt the film manages many other high profile nominations, the one place I thin it has a fighting chance is Adapted Screenplay for writer and director Aaron Sorkin.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Mark Gordon, Amy Pascal, Matt Jackson)
  • Actress (Jessica Chastain)
  • Supporting Actor (Idris Elba, Kevin Costner)
  • Director (Aaron Sorkin)
  • Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin)
  • Original Score (Daniel Pemberton)
  • Film Editing (Alan Baumgarten, Josh Schaeffer, Elliot Graham)
  • Cinematography (Charlotte Bruus Christensen)
  • Costume Design (Susan Lyall)
  • Visual Effects (Olaf Wendt, Aaron Weintraub, Sarah McMurdo, Dennis Berardi)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Sarah Craig McEathron, Alastair Muir, Vincent Sullivan, Carol Hartwick)
  • Production Design (David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, Patricia Larman)
  • Sound Mixing (Glen Gauthier, Scott Millan, Gregg Rudloff)
  • Sound Editing (Michael Benavente, David McCallum)

90th Oscars: Screener Watch – Amazon

Amazon has a few offerings, but this is their first physical screener sent out.

The Big Sick

Oscar Chances: Good: There are only about three categories the film will have much of a chance in: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay. Only one of those am I really think it will succeed at and that’s the Original Screenplay nomination.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel)
  • Directing (Michael Showalter)
  • Original Screenplay (Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani)
  • Actor (Kumail Nanjiani)
  • Actress (Zoe Kazan)
  • Supporting Actor (Ray Romano)
  • Supporting Actress (Holly Hunter)
  • Cinematography (Brian Burgoyne)
  • Film Editing (Robert Nassau)
  • Original Score (Michael Andrews)
  • Production Design (Brandon Tonner-Connolly, Elizabeth Rodrick)
  • Costume Design (Sarah Mae Burton)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Leo Won, Tonia Ciccone)
  • Sound Mixing (Charles R. Hunt, Tom Paul, Mark Linden, Tara Paul)
  • Sound Editing (Tom Paul)

90th Oscars: Screener Watch – Fox Searchlight 3

Another package form Fox Searchlight, this time with two major Oscar players.

The Shape of Water

Oscar Chances: Likely: There’s little chance this film doesn’t pick up some nominations. All the craft categories are in play, but it’s well regarded by critics, so it will probably be nominated in several categories above the line as well. This could be one of the few double-digit nomination-getters of the year.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (J. Miles Dale, Guillermo Del Toro)
  • Director (Guillermo Del Toro)
  • Ensemble (Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer)
  • Original Screenplay (Guillermo Del Toro, Vanessa Taylor)
  • Actress (Sally Hawkins)
  • Actor (Doug Jones)
  • Supporting Actor (Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg)
  • Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer)
  • Film Editing (Sidney Wolinsky)
  • Cinematography (Dan Laustsen)
  • Production Design (Paul Denham Austerberry Shane Vieau, Jeff Melvin)
  • Costume Design (Luis Sequiera)
  • Sound Mixing (Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern, Glen Gauthier)
  • Sound Editing (Nathan Robitaille)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Mike Hill, Shane Mahan, Jordan Samuel, Paula Fleet)
  • Original Score (Alexandre Desplat)
  • Visual Effects (Dennis Berardi, Luke Groves, Trey Harrell, Kevin Scott)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Oscar Chances: Unlikely: Martin McDonagh looks to finally have a major Oscar player on his hands. Although In Bruges was nominated previously, it wasn’t a major player. This one not only has a half dozen categories it will compete in, star Frances McDormand could be in line for a second Oscar.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin, Martin McDonagh)
  • Director (Martin McDonagh)
  • Ensemble (Francse McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges, Zeljko Ivanek, Caleb Landry Jones, Clarke Peters, Samara Weaving, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage)
  • Original Screenplay (Martin McDonagh)
  • Actress (Frances McDormand)
  • Supporting Actor (Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage, Lucas Hedges)
  • Supporting Actress (Abbie Cornish)
  • Film Editing (Jon Gregory)
  • Cinematography (Ben Davis)
  • Production Design (Inbal Weinberg, Merissa Lombardo)
  • Costume Design (Melissa Toth)
  • Sound Mixing (Chris Burdon, Doug Cooper, Jonathan Gaynor)
  • Sound Editing (Joakim Sundstrom)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Cydney Cornell, Corey Castellano)
  • Original Score (Carter Burwell)

90th Oscars: Screener Watch – Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, which does a lot of DVD production, sent a screener for this film, though I had not actually heard of it prior.

In This Corner of the World

Oscar Chances: Unlikely: A film that comes out of nowhere that has no profile is usually not an Oscar contender.

90th Oscars: Screener Watch – Samuel Goldwyn

Samuel Goldwyn Films sent a bare-bones screener with no fanfare. No production pamphlet saying where it should be considered.

God’s Own Country

Oscar Chances: Unlikely: While the firm has received a lot of praise, the Academy isn’t likely to recognize the film.

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