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.*

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10/17/2012The Best Exotic Marigold HotelJudi Dench and Bill Nighy campaigned Lead.  Everyone else supporting (Fox Searchlight)(***) Film is decent, merely forgettable.  Wilkinson shines.
10/20/2012SmashedFYC – Picture, Ensemble, Actress, Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor (Sony Pictures Classics)(**½) Too short.  Doesn’t develop enough.  Winstead carries mostly.
10/20/2012Searching for SugarmanFYC – Best Documentary Feature; Also included (Sony Pictures Classics)(****) One of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen about music.  EVER.
10/22/2012Side by SideFYC – Best Documentary Feature(***)
10/23/2012BernieDVD Box Copy(***½) Jack Black surprises as he puts all antics and mannerisms of himself aside.
11/02/2012Safety Not Guaranteed FYC – All categories(**½) Mostly drags with an interesting concept.  Mark Duplass gets most of my attention.
11/05/2012SamsaraFYC – Best Documentary Feature, Cinematography, Editing(***) If Terrence Malick had physically had sex with
11/09/2012ArbitrageFYC – Picture, Lead Actor from Lionsgate(***½) Great ensemble, brilliant writing and directing.  Gere is especially good along with Nate Parker.
11/09/2012The SessionsFYC – Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress from Fox Searchlight(***½) Pleasant.  Hunt’s never been better.  Hawkes is feel-good.
11/09/2012The Invisible WarDVD Box Copy(***½) Devastatingly real and very informative.
11/09/2012Beasts of the Southern WildFYC – Best Picture, Actress, Supporting Actress, Cinematography – Fos Searchlight Pictures(***½) Wallis is good but Henry is simply superb.  Cinematography stands out significantly.
11/09/2012The InnkeepersPart of Magnolia Pictures PackTBD
11/09/2012Sound of NoisePart of Magnolia Pictures PackTBD
11/09/2012V/H/SPart of Magnolia Pictures Pack(**)
11/09/2012The Magic of Belle IslePart of Magnolia Pictures Pack(**) Freeman and Madsen wasted.  Dreary, predictable story.
11/09/2012Nobody WalksPart of Magnolia Pictures PackTBD
11/09/2012The HunterPart of Magnolia Pictures PackTBD
11/09/2012HeadhuntersPart of Magnolia Pictures PackTBD
11/09/2012DeadfallPart of Magnolia Pictures PackTBD
11/09/2012360Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack(*) Rough, rough, rough.  Couldn’t even finish it.
11/09/2012CompliancePart of Magnolia Pictures Pack(**) What Ann Dowd does right, the rest of the film does wrong.
11/09/2012Take this WaltzPart of Magnolia Pictures Pack(***) Interesting following of a woman and her relationship(s).  Williams continues to prove her talents.
11/09/2012God Bless AmericaPart of Magnolia Pictures PackTBD
11/09/2012Queen of VersaillesPart of Magnolia Pictures PackTBD
11/09/20122 Days in New YorkPart of Magnolia Pictures Pack(***) Chris Rock shows some true acting range while Delpy’s fumbled script does provide some warming moments and laughs.
11/09/2012Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar MoviePart of Magnolia Pictures PackTBD
11/09/2012Beyond the Black RainbowPart of Magnolia Pictures PackTBD
11/09/2012MarleyPart of Magnolia Pictures Pack(***) Overlong but almost necessary to give insight into one of music’s greatest legends.
11/09/2012The Good DoctorPart of Magnolia Pictures Pack(**) Orlando Bloom is surprisingly dark and enriched.  Film doesn’t offer any real place to go.
11/09/2012Jack & DianePart of Magnolia Pictures Pack(**) Boring, unimaginative, Juno Temple wasted.
11/09/2012I WishPart of Magnolia Pictures PackTBD
11/09/2012A Royal AffairPart of Magnolia Pictures PackTBD
11/09/2012GoonPart of Magnolia Pictures PackTBD
11/09/2012Jiro Dreams of SushiPart of Magnolia Pictures PackTBD
11/09/2012Red Hook SummerFYC – Picture, Director, etc.(***½)Spike Lee creates honesty and raw intensity featuring a powerful performance by Clarke Peters.
11/09/2012Dr. Seuss’ The LoraxSoundtrack and Score also sent.(**)While it looks fine, story and overdeveloped concept hurts it.
11/13/2012Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most WantedBest Animated FeatureTBD
11/14/2012The ImposterBest Documentary FeatureTBD Screener didn’t work.  Awaiting replacement.
11/14/2012Shut Up and Play the HitsFrom OscilloscopeTBD
11/14/2012Hello I Must Be GoingBest Actress – Melanie Lynskey – From Oscilloscope(**) Melanie Lynskey can’t save the film from boredom. Poorly paced.
11/14/2012Brooklyn Brothers Beat the BestFrom OscilloscopeTBD
11/14/2012TchoupitoulasFrom OscilloscopeTBD
11/14/2012Only the YoungFrom OscilloscopeTBD
11/14/2012Wuthering HeightsFrom OscilloscopeTBD
11/14/201228 Hotel RoomsFrom OscilloscopeTBD
11/14/2012Booker’s PlaceFrom Tribeca FilmTBD
11/15/2012The Rabbi’s CatGKIDS(***) Very heavy in subject matter but witty and charming.
11/15/2012Le TableauGKIDSTBD
11/15/2012Bad 25Documentary FeatureTBD
11/15/2012The DeepForeign Language FilmTBD
11/15/2012Bernie (2nd Copy)See Above(***½)
11/17/2012AmourFrom Sony Pictures Classics(****)Heartwrenching with two leads that were born to act together. Could be the year’s best film.
11/17/2012West of MemphisFrom Sony Pictures Classics – FYC Best Documentary(****) Superbly paced, marvelously told, and exquisitely directed by Amy Berg.
11/17/2012This is 40From Universal Pictures – FYC All categories(***)Judd Apatow’s most mature outing as a writer/director with Leslie Mann shining once again. Terrific original song.
11/17/2012Snow White & the HuntsmanFrom Universal Pictures – DVD copy(**)Might sound shallow but I only like it for its looks.
11/17/2012SavagesDVD copyTBD
11/21/2012FrankenweenieFYC – Best Animated Feature(***)Burton back to what he does best; great animation, clever story
11/21/2012ArgoFYC – Every category(****)Ben Affleck’s most technically sound. Also, one of his best performances.
11/21/2012The Dark Knight Rises(***½)Terrific ending to a great franchise. Nolan’s direction shines once again.
11/21/2012ParaNormanFYC – Best Animated Feature(***) Stunning animation with some over-the-top funny moments.
11/21/2012TedBlu-Ray Copy(***So awesome in every sense of the comedic word. MacFarlane is a force to be reckoned with in the cinematic world.
11/21/2012On the RoadFYC – All categories(***)Superb writing featuring Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund at their best.
11/21/2012Anna KareninaFYC – 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.
11/21/2012The Eye of the StormFrom Sycamore Entertainment GroupTBD
11/21/2012BraveFYC – Animated Feature and others from Disney(***)Smooth animation, not so smooth writing or characters.
11/21/2012The Perks of Being a WallflowerFYC – From Summit Entertainment(***½) A star is born in Logan Lerman.  Stephen Chbosky’s tender touch on the material is even more impressive.
11/21/2012The ImpossibleFYC – From Summit Entertainment(***½)Heartbreaking story featuring Naomi Watts in a career best performance. Big contender.
11/21/2012Moonrise KingdomFYC – From Focus Features(***½)Wes Anderson does it again with a quirky story and two outstanding young leads.
11/21/2012Cloud AtlasFYC – From Warner Bros.(***)Ambitious but OVERLY ambitious. Doona Bae slays her role in the best breakout turn of the year.
11/21/2012Room 237FYC – Documentary Feature from IFC FilmsTBD
11/21/2012The Central Park FiveFYC – Documentary Feature from Sundance Films(***½) Exposes the ugly of our legal system while witnessing the loss of innocence and youth.  Near brilliant.
11/21/2012Mighty FineNo information givenTBD
11/21/2012Magic MikeDVD Copy(**)While Matthew McConaughey entertains, everything around him is stale, sluggish, and unoriginal.
11/21/2012Act of ValorDVD CopyTBD
11/21/2012Delhi SafariFYC – Best Animated FeatureTBD Screener didn’t finish.  To be continued…
12/02/12Rust & BoneFYC – All Categories(***)While Cotillard impresses, Schoenaerts steals the show. Problematic in places but overall good.
12/02/12Trial By Fire: Lives of Re-ForgedFYC – DocumentaryTBD
12/02/12The House I Live InFYC – Best DocumentaryTBD
12/02/12BullyFYC – Best DocumentaryTBD
12/02/12The IntouchablesFYC – Foreign Language FilmTBD
12/02/12FlightFYC – 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.
12/02/12QuartetFYC – All CategoriesTBD
12/02/12Mirror MirrorFYC – Best Costume DesignTBD
12/02/12Ginger & RosaFYC – All Categories(**)Elle Fanning is fine but the film certainly is not.
12/02/12Mighty FineTBD
12/02/12Brooklyn’s CastleTBD
12/02/12Silver Linings PlaybookFYC – 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.
12/02/12Seven PsychopathsFYC – All Categories(***½)Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, and Woody Harrelson shine like other. McDonagh’s script is impressive but does female counterparts no favors.
12/02/12A Late QuartetFYC – All CategoriesTBD
12/02/12Halloween PartyFYC – Original Song (s)TBD
12/02/12LincolnFYC – 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.
12/02/12Les MiserablesFYC – All Categories(****)No comment (yet)
12/02/12Wreck-It RalphFYC – Animated Feature and Song(***)Great animation. Terrific beginning and end. Rough middle-patch. Love the Original song.

Links to Awards Sites for Studios

Walt Disney
Sony Pictures Classics
Warner Bros.
The Weinstein Company
Dreamworks Studios
Fox Searchlight Pictures
20th Century Fox
Dreamworks Animation
Focus Features
Paramount Pictures
Sony Pictures
Universal Pictures
Relativity Media


  • 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.

    • 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!