FYC: Awards Season Tracker (2018-2019)

Welcome to the 2018-2019 FYC Awards Tracker! The purpose of the Awards Season Tracker is three-fold.  The first is to keep a record of all screeners that are sent out either via hard copy or digital to various members of the Academy and major guilds.  The second is to provide an insight into the number of films and performances that are being considered for awards season.  This is in partnership with seeing the evidence of what films and performances have the support of their respective studios.  Lastly, AwardsCircuit.com has a strong following from casual movie-goers but is also read by several members of the Academy Awards that often ask for recommendations about what they “should” watch when afforded the time.  This will offer them those recommendations.  We will also keep track of all the marketing materials from the awards campaigns.  While I’m very appreciative to have the opportunity and privilege to have these sent to me, there’s nothing better than watching the films in the comfort and cold of a dark movie theater.  I encourage all of you to do the same.

(*All ratings are on a four-star scale*)

Links to Awards Sites for Studios

Updated: November 3, 2018

FILM NOTES RATING
Disobedience” (Bleecker Street) DVD copy – FYC (Picture, Director, Lead Actress (Weisz), Supporting Actress (McAdams), Adapted Screenplay, etc. (★★★★) – Sebastian Lelio’s hypnotic love story features outstanding cinematography and breathtaking performances by Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, and Alessandro Nivola.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Focus Features) DVD Screener – FYC (Documentary, Picture, Director, Editing, Score) – Enclosed was a pack of “Mister Rogers Encourgemints” (★★★) – Touching and informative look into the life of a man we all greatly admired.  Neville presents with respect and admiration of an iconic figure.
The First Patient” (Duncan Entertainment Group) FYC – Best Documentary Feature – DVD copy TBD
Science Fair” (National Geographic) FYC – Best Documentary Feature TBD
Free Solo” (National Geographic) FYC – Best Documentary Feature (★★★) – Outstanding visuals enrich this story of a man who knows no fear.  An interesting look at mountain climbing with no rope, “Free Solo” makes the audience care about the feat, and care about the man.
The Wife” (Sony Pictures Classics) FYC – Best Picture, Director, Actress (Glenn Close), etc. TBD
We the Animals” (The Orchard) No categories listed. TBD
American Animals” (The Orchard) No categories listed. TBD
The Rider” (Sony Pictures Classics) FYC – Best Picture, Director, Lead Actor, Original Screenplay, Editing, etc. TBD
Three Identical Strangers” (NEON) FYC – Best Documentary Feature – Digital screener sent. (★★½) – A fascinating and heartbreaking look at the lives of identical triplets who find each other.  The way in which the story unravels is as good as any mystery film playing in theaters.
All About Nina” (The Orchard) FYC – Best Picture, Actress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), etc.. TBD
El Angel” (The Orchard) FYC – Best Foreign Language Film TBD
Colette” (Bleecker Street) FYC – Best Picture, Director, Actress (Knightley), Supporting Actor (West), etc…in FYC box sleeve (★★) – Costume period dramas seem to be a standard practice for Keira Knightley but in Wash Westmoreland’s film, she truly delivers.  Co-star Dominic West is also a stand out in this timely, fiery piece.
Leave No Trace” (Bleecker Street) FYC – Best Picture, Director, Actor (Ben Foster), Supporting Actress (Thomasin McKenzie), etc…in FYC box sleeve (★★½) – Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie are a match made in heaven in this dour yet riveting drama from Debra Granik that tops “Winter’s Bone” in all the best ways.
What They Had” (Bleecker Street) FYC – Best Picture, Director, Actress (Swank), Supporting Actor (Shannon, Forster), Supporting Actress (Danner), etc…in FYC box sleeve (★★) – Moves to its own formula yet feel familiar, the film is enriched with the performances of Robert Forster (who SHOULD be heavily considered for Supporting Actor) and Blythe Danner, two veterans that have been passed over for far too long.
Disobedience” (Bleecker Street) FYC – Best Picture, Actress (Weisz), Supporting Actress (McAdams), Supporting Actor (Nivola), etc…in FYC box sleeve (★★) – The single best film of the first half of 2018, Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz deliver career best turns, all with the visual stampede of director Sebastian Lelio, who directs with absolute precision.  Alessandro Nivola is also one of those actors, who when ignored in the awards season, we’ll look back 10 years from now and not know what we were thinking.
Filmworker” (Kino Lorber) Digital screener – Best Documentary Feature TBD
Hitler’s Hollywood” (Kino Lorber) Digital screener – Best Documentary Feature TBD
What Haunts Us” (Blue Fox Entertainment) Digital screener – Best Documentary Feature TBD
Andre the Giant” (HBO) Digital screener – Best Documentary Feature TBD
Being Serena” (HBO) Digital screener – Best Documentary Feature TBD
David Bowie: The Last Five Years” (HBO) Digital screener – Best Documentary Feature TBD
Elvis Presley: The Searcher” (HBO) Digital screener – Best Documentary Feature TBD
John McCain: From Who the Bell Tolls” (HBO) Digital screener – Best Documentary Feature TBD
The Sentence” (HBO) Digital screener – Best Documentary Feature TBD
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling” (HBO) Digital screener – Best Documentary Feature TBD
The Misandrists” (Cartilage Films) Digital screener – Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Original Song (“What If…Down with the Patriarchy”), Actress (Susanne Sachsse TBD
Mrs. Hyde” (Cartilage Films) Digital screener – Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actress (Isabelle Huppert), Foreign Language TBD
“Final Year” (Magnolia Pictures) FYC – Best Documentary Feature – Digital screener TBD
“Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy” (Magnolia Pictures) FYC – Best Documentary Feature – Digital screener TBD
“The China Hustle” (Magnolia Pictures) FYC – Best Documentary Feature – Digital screener TBD
“RBG” (Magnolia Pictures) FYC – Best Documentary Feature – Digital screener TBD
“Boom for Real: The Late Teenage of Jean-Michel Basquiat” (Magnolia Pictures) FYC – Best Documentary Feature – Digital screener TBD
“The Gospel According to Andre” (Magnolia Pictures) FYC – Best Documentary Feature – Digital screener TBD
“Kusama-Infinity” (Magnolia Pictures) FYC – Best Documentary Feature – Digital screener TBD
“Love, Gilda” (Magnolia Pictures) FYC – Best Documentary Feature – Digital screener TBD
“Bad Reputation” (Magnolia Pictures) FYC – Best Documentary Feature – Digital screener TBD
“The Last Race” (Magnolia Pictures) FYC – Best Documentary Feature – Digital screener TBD
“Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes” (Magnolia Pictures) FYC – Best Documentary Feature – Digital screener TBD
“Ismael’s Ghosts” (Magnolia Pictures) Digital screener sent under their “Narrative Feature” section TBD
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