Category: Screener Watch

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.


91st Oscars: Screener Watch, Week 3

A nice batch of prominent movies came in this past week, including a handful of solid Oscar contenders.

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.


91st Oscars: Screener Watch

Instead of posting every time I receive a screener, I’m going to try and post once a week (starting now) a list of all screeners I receive during the prior week. Below is everything I’ve received to date.


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)
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