FYC Tracker (2012-2013) - The Awards Circuit - By Clayton Davis

FYC Tracker (2012-2013)


This page keeps track of all awards screeners and materials that are sent throughout the awards season to Editor, Clayton Davis, who is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.  Ratings are added as films are watched with brief commentary.

*All ratings are on a four-star scale.*

DATE NAME OF FILM NOTES STAR RATING BRIEF THOUGHTS
10/17/2012 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Judi Dench and Bill Nighy campaigned Lead.  Everyone else supporting (Fox Searchlight) (***)  Film is decent, merely forgettable.  Wilkinson shines.
10/20/2012 Smashed FYC – Picture, Ensemble, Actress, Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor (Sony Pictures Classics) (**½)  Too short.  Doesn’t develop enough.  Winstead carries mostly.
10/20/2012 Searching for Sugarman FYC – Best Documentary Feature; Also included (Sony Pictures Classics) (****)  One of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen about music.  EVER.
10/22/2012 Side by Side FYC – Best Documentary Feature (***)
10/23/2012 Bernie DVD Box Copy (***½)  Jack Black surprises as he puts all antics and mannerisms of himself aside.
11/02/2012 Safety Not Guaranteed FYC – All categories (**½)  Mostly drags with an interesting concept.  Mark Duplass gets most of my attention.
11/05/2012 Samsara FYC – Best Documentary Feature, Cinematography, Editing (***)  If Terrence Malick had physically had sex with
11/09/2012 Arbitrage FYC – Picture, Lead Actor from Lionsgate (***½)  Great ensemble, brilliant writing and directing.  Gere is especially good along with Nate Parker.
11/09/2012 The Sessions FYC – Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress from Fox Searchlight (***½)  Pleasant.  Hunt’s never been better.  Hawkes is feel-good.
11/09/2012 The Invisible War DVD Box Copy (***½)  Devastatingly real and very informative.
11/09/2012 Citadel TBD
11/09/2012 Beasts of the Southern Wild FYC – Best Picture, Actress, Supporting Actress, Cinematography – Fos Searchlight Pictures (***½)  Wallis is good but Henry is simply superb.  Cinematography stands out significantly.
11/09/2012 The Innkeepers Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Sound of Noise Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 V/H/S Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (**)
11/09/2012 The Magic of Belle Isle Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (**)  Freeman and Madsen wasted.  Dreary, predictable story.
11/09/2012 Nobody Walks Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 The Hunter Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Headhunters Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Deadfall Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 360 Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (*)  Rough, rough, rough.  Couldn’t even finish it.
11/09/2012 Compliance Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (**)  What Ann Dowd does right, the rest of the film does wrong.
11/09/2012 Take this Waltz Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (***)  Interesting following of a woman and her relationship(s).  Williams continues to prove her talents.
11/09/2012 God Bless America Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Queen of Versailles Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 2 Days in New York Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (***)  Chris Rock shows some true acting range while Delpy’s fumbled script does provide some warming moments and laughs.
11/09/2012 Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Beyond the Black Rainbow Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Marley Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (***)  Overlong but almost necessary to give insight into one of music’s greatest legends.
11/09/2012 The Good Doctor Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (**)  Orlando Bloom is surprisingly dark and enriched.  Film doesn’t offer any real place to go.
11/09/2012 Jack & Diane Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (**)  Boring, unimaginative, Juno Temple wasted.
11/09/2012 I Wish Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 A Royal Affair Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Goon Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Jiro Dreams of Sushi Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Red Hook Summer FYC – Picture, Director, etc. (***½) Spike Lee creates honesty and raw intensity featuring a powerful performance by Clarke Peters.
11/09/2012 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Soundtrack and Score also sent. (**) While it looks fine, story and overdeveloped concept hurts it.
11/13/2012 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Best Animated Feature TBD
11/14/2012 The Imposter Best Documentary Feature TBD  Screener didn’t work.  Awaiting replacement.
11/14/2012 Shut Up and Play the Hits From Oscilloscope TBD
11/14/2012 Hello I Must Be Going Best Actress – Melanie Lynskey – From Oscilloscope (**)  Melanie Lynskey can’t save the film from boredom. Poorly paced.
11/14/2012 Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best From Oscilloscope TBD
11/14/2012 Tchoupitoulas From Oscilloscope TBD
11/14/2012 Only the Young From Oscilloscope TBD
11/14/2012 Wuthering Heights From Oscilloscope TBD
11/14/2012 28 Hotel Rooms From Oscilloscope TBD
11/14/2012 Booker’s Place From Tribeca Film TBD
11/15/2012 The Rabbi’s Cat GKIDS (***)  Very heavy in subject matter but witty and charming.
11/15/2012 Le Tableau GKIDS TBD
11/15/2012 Zarafa GKIDS TBD
11/15/2012 Bad 25 Documentary Feature TBD
11/15/2012 The Deep Foreign Language Film TBD
11/15/2012 Bernie (2nd Copy) See Above (***½)
11/17/2012 Amour From Sony Pictures Classics (****) Heartwrenching with two leads that were born to act together. Could be the year’s best film.
11/17/2012 West of Memphis From Sony Pictures Classics – FYC Best Documentary (****)  Superbly paced, marvelously told, and exquisitely directed by Amy Berg.
11/17/2012 This is 40 From Universal Pictures – FYC All categories (***) Judd Apatow’s most mature outing as a writer/director with Leslie Mann shining once again. Terrific original song.
11/17/2012 Snow White & the Huntsman From Universal Pictures – DVD copy (**) Might sound shallow but I only like it for its looks.
11/17/2012 Savages DVD copy TBD
11/21/2012 Frankenweenie FYC – Best Animated Feature (***) Burton back to what he does best; great animation, clever story
11/21/2012 Argo FYC – Every category (****) Ben Affleck’s most technically sound. Also, one of his best performances.
11/21/2012 The Dark Knight Rises (***½) Terrific ending to a great franchise. Nolan’s direction shines once again.
11/21/2012 ParaNorman FYC – Best Animated Feature (***)  Stunning animation with some over-the-top funny moments.
11/21/2012 Ted Blu-Ray Copy (*** So awesome in every sense of the comedic word. MacFarlane is a force to be reckoned with in the cinematic world.
11/21/2012 On the Road FYC – All categories (***) Superb writing featuring Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund at their best.
11/21/2012 Anna Karenina FYC – All categories from Focus Features (**½)  Keira Knightley and Jude Law are fine but the film ultimately loses focus and its ambition is completely loss in a dreary story and script.
11/21/2012 The Eye of the Storm From Sycamore Entertainment Group TBD
11/21/2012 Brave FYC – Animated Feature and others from Disney (***) Smooth animation, not so smooth writing or characters.
11/21/2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower FYC – From Summit Entertainment (***½)  A star is born in Logan Lerman.  Stephen Chbosky’s tender touch on the material is even more impressive.
11/21/2012 The Impossible FYC – From Summit Entertainment (***½) Heartbreaking story featuring Naomi Watts in a career best performance. Big contender.
11/21/2012 Moonrise Kingdom FYC – From Focus Features (***½) Wes Anderson does it again with a quirky story and two outstanding young leads.
11/21/2012 Cloud Atlas FYC – From Warner Bros. (***) Ambitious but OVERLY ambitious. Doona Bae slays her role in the best breakout turn of the year.
11/21/2012 Room 237 FYC – Documentary Feature from IFC Films TBD
11/21/2012 The Central Park Five FYC – Documentary Feature from Sundance Films (***½)  Exposes the ugly of our legal system while witnessing the loss of innocence and youth.  Near brilliant.
11/21/2012 Mighty Fine No information given TBD
11/21/2012 Magic Mike DVD Copy (**) While Matthew McConaughey entertains, everything around him is stale, sluggish, and unoriginal.
11/21/2012 Act of Valor DVD Copy TBD
11/21/2012 Delhi Safari FYC – Best Animated Feature TBD  Screener didn’t finish.  To be continued…
12/02/12 Rust & Bone FYC – All Categories (***) While Cotillard impresses, Schoenaerts steals the show. Problematic in places but overall good.
12/02/12 Trial By Fire: Lives of Re-Forged FYC – Documentary TBD
12/02/12 The House I Live In FYC – Best Documentary TBD
12/02/12 Bully FYC – Best Documentary TBD
12/02/12 The Intouchables FYC – Foreign Language Film TBD
12/02/12 Flight FYC – All Categories (***½) Denzel Washington, John Goodman, and Kelly Reilly impress and John Latins screenplay is impressive in places but misses on opportunities in others.
12/02/12 Quartet FYC – All Categories TBD
12/02/12 Mirror Mirror FYC – Best Costume Design TBD
12/02/12 Ginger & Rosa FYC – All Categories (**) Elle Fanning is fine but the film certainly is not.
12/02/12 Mighty Fine TBD
12/02/12 Brooklyn’s Castle TBD
12/02/12 Silver Linings Playbook FYC – All Categories (***½) Bradley Cooper does his finest work and DeNiro hasn’t been this good in years. Russell elevates his skills in some areas while shows his weaknesses in others.
12/02/12 Seven Psychopaths FYC – All Categories (***½) Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, and Woody Harrelson shine like other. McDonagh’s script is impressive but does female counterparts no favors.
12/02/12 A Late Quartet FYC – All Categories TBD
12/02/12 Halloween Party FYC – Original Song (s) TBD
12/02/12 Lincoln FYC – All Categories (In the most beautiful packaging of any FYC screener ever) TBD Uploaded (***½) Tommy Lee Jones and James Spader steal the show while Tony Kushner and Steven Spielberg produce their finest works. Historical, emotional, and surprisingly humorous.
12/02/12 Les Miserables FYC – All Categories (****) No comment (yet)
12/02/12 Wreck-It Ralph FYC – Animated Feature and Song (***) Great animation. Terrific beginning and end. Rough middle-patch. Love the Original song.
 DATE FILM NOTES RATING THOUGHTS

Links to Awards Sites for Studios

STUDIO SITE URL
Walt Disney  http://disneystudiosawards.com/
Sony Pictures Classics  http://www.sonyclassics.com/awards-information/
Warner Bros.  http://warnerbros2012.warnerbros.com/screenings/main.php
The Weinstein Company  http://twcguilds.com/
Dreamworks Studios  http://www.dreamworksawards.com/
Fox Searchlight Pictures  http://www.foxsearchlight.com/awards/
Lionsgate  http://www.lionsgateawards.com/
20th Century Fox  http://www.foxscreenings.com/
Dreamworks Animation  http://www.dwaawards.com/
Focus Features  http://www.focusawards2012.com/
Paramount Pictures  http://www.paramountguilds.com/
Sony Pictures  http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/academy/guild/
Universal Pictures  http://www.universalpicturesawards.com/
Relativity Media  http://www.relativitymedia.com/awards/
STUDIO SITE URL

 

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Clayton Davis (1574 Posts)

Clayton Davis is the respected and esteemed AwardsCircuit.com editor. Clayton has become a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to awards season show, The Critics Choice Movie Awards. Most recently, Clayton is a now an active member of the International Press Academy, which hosts the popular Satellite Awards as well as the newly integrated Broadcast Television Journalists Association, which hosts the Critics Choice Television Awards.


  • John Rivera

    They gave you Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie? I’ll be praying for you

  • koook160 (Robert MacFarlane)

    For all that is holy, DON’T watch Tim & Eric if you value your sanity.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26801810 Clayton Davis

      LOL. It’s not at the top of my list of things to watch but I might have to eventually. Everyone saying its bad makes me wanna see what its all about.

  • David Tucker

    Any chance you could post some more pictures of the picture cover screeners on this page?

  • Josh

    So screeners for The Paperboy haven’t been sent to the Academy? I’m rooting for Nicole Kidman to be nominated for The Paperboy!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26801810 Clayton Davis

      They have. I haven’t updated in a few days.