2016 Oscar Circuit Guide: Award Hopefuls Debuting at Venice, TIFF, and NYFF

caseyaffleck_manchesterbytheseaManchester by the Sea
dir. Kenneth Lonergan – NYFF – Roadside Attractions

“Analyze This,” “You Can Count on Me” and “Margaret” are just tips of the love that are bestowed upon Academy Award nominee Kenneth Lonergan.  With “Manchester by the Sea,” which debuted at Sundance, the 53-year-old filmmaker may have his best opportunity to fall into serious Oscar graces.   Stars Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler and Lucas Hedges have already garnered raves and will find themselves in the thick of their Oscar categories.  This will also be a test for Amazon Studios, who is co-distributing the film with Roadside Attractions, to see if they can go where Netflix has failed previously.