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.
- 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)
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.
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.
- 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)
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.
A nice batch of prominent movies came in this past week, including a handful of solid Oscar contenders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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)
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.
- 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)
Perhaps Focus Features’ biggest candidate this year is next up on the docket.
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.
- 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)
Another A24 package arrived, this time with a major contender.
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).
- 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)
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.
- 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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)