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

dir. Oliver Stone – TIFF – Lionsgate

Lionsgate is hoping to make some noise with “Snowden” this year, with two-time Academy Award winner Oliver Stone showing that he’s “still got it.”  Early rumblings about test screenings over the last six months surfaced and they weren’t exactly positive.  While we can never put too much stock in those, it did have an “invitation only” screening at San Diego Comic Con back in July.  My guess is if it was received particularly well, we would have heard more press about it.  Nonetheless, we’re going in with an open mind and hoping we see more “JFK” in “Snowden,” and not so much “World Trade Center.”