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

Lewis MacDougall (left) stars as Conor and Felicity Jones (right) stars Mum in director J.A. Bayona’s A MONSTER CALLS, a Focus Features release. Credit : Quim Vives / Focus Features
Lewis MacDougall (left) stars as Conor and Felicity Jones (right) stars Mum in director J.A. Bayona’s A MONSTER CALLS, a Focus Features release.
Credit : Quim Vives / Focus Features

A Monster Calls
dir. J.A. Bayona – TIFF – Focus Features

With the summer release of “The BFG” from Steven Spielberg not doing the numbers and reviews it intended, there’s a sense of opportunity for Focus Features to pounce below the line at the Academy Awards.  Cinematographer Óscar Faura and composer Fernando Velázquez, along with the rest of the production team, could be on the tips of pens as AMPAS checks off their ballots come early January.  There’s also going to be a push for star Lewis MacDougall in Lead Actor.  Maybe we have our next Quvenzhane Wallis on our hands?