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Awards Season Tracker launches alongside first official screeners from Sony Pictures Classics and Disney’s FYC site

The awards season is upon us.  Telluride and Venice are officially behind us, TIFF is underway, and the New York Film Festival will begin screening for the press on Monday with Barry Jenkins‘ “Moonlight.”  It’s officially on.

With that, we are kicking off the official Awards Season Tracker for 2016-2017.  Screeners have began landing on doorsteps and we’re going to report on what is getting the push from their respective studio.

doncheadle_MilesAheadThe first screeners to hit the door steps of Academy voters were “Miles Ahead” from writer/director and star Don Cheadle, as well as Rebecca Miller’s “Maggie’s Plan” with Greta Gerwig and Julianne Moore.  Based on current buzz, both films feel like long shots at the moment in several key categories.

“Miles Ahead” will try to make a play in some below-the-line categories but are probably most hopeful for Don Cheadle to muscle his way into a seemingly thin Best Actor race.

Miller’s film will have an uphill battle since its festival run began back in 2015.  The confidence on the film seems to surround a Supporting Actress bid for Academy Award winner Julianne Moore.  Coincidentally, she’s also competing in what many believe to be a wide open race.

steve-gleason-saints-documentaryAmazon Studios has entered the fray (at least for the BFCA).  DVD screeners have hit the steps for some documentary hopefuls.  “Gleason” from Clay Tweet, “Author: The JT LeRoy Story” from Jeff Feuerzeig, and “Gimme Danger” from Jim Jarmusch (who will also look for love for his feature “Paterson“).

(Un)officially, Walt Disney Pictures is (kind of?) out the gate first for their FYC site.  On the site, four films are listed without any additional information.  Admittedly, the site is incomplete and we shouldn’t expect to see any of the sites up and running this early.  So far, the films listed are “Finding Dory” from Andrew Stanton, “Zootopia” from Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Jared Bush, “Captain America: Civil War” from Anthony and Joe Russo, and “The Jungle Book” from Jon Faverau.  Noticeably absent (for the moment) is “Alice through the Looking Glass” from Tim Burton, “Pete’s Dragon” from David Lowery, “Queen of Katwe” from Mira Nair, and “Moana” from Ron Clements and Jon Musker.

It’s a fair assumption that “Moana” will surely pop up on the site soon enough since the film will surely be in contention for Best Animated Feature, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song.  We expect even a run in the sound categories and possibly even Best Picture.

“Queen of Katwe” screened over the past weeks, and just recently at the Toronto International Film Festival.  The word was solid enough for a consensus has formed that this will not be the Academy’s cup of tea.  However, Alicia Keys has a song, “Back to Life,” that could find its way into the race.

In the case of “Alice through the Looking Glass,” we should expect anything much outside of a below-the-line push while “Pete’s Dragon” will hope to simply make the Visual Effects bakeoff.

If you missed the new Oscar Circuit column this week, you can check that out, while we prepare for the People’s Choice Award out of Toronto in the coming days.

We’ll leave you with updated predictions for the Golden Globe awards.

General thoughts about the race include an instinct that “Manchester by the Sea” could go down the Comedy/Musical route.  Admittedly, I haven’t seen it yet but my colleagues tell me that it’s “very funny” at times.  I wonder if the HFPA will call “BS” on Hugh Grant‘s possible supporting run?  They made the correction last year with Alicia Vikander and Rooney Mara in “The Danish Girl” and “Carol” respectively.

I can also see a “Lion” Best Picture win from the group.  A film that seems like something they would willingly embrace.

Check them out below:


  • “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” (Sony Pictures)
  • “Fences” (Paramount Pictures)
  • “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)
  • “Lion” (The Weinstein Company)
  • “Silence” (Paramount Pictures)


  • “20th Century Women” (A24)
  • “Florence Foster Jenkins” (Paramount Pictures)
  • “La La Land” (Summit Entertainment)
  • “Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside Attractions/Amazon Studios)
  • “Rules Don’t Apply” (Warner Bros.)


  • Joel Edgerton – “Loving” (Focus Features)
  • Andrew Garfield – “Silence” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Tom Hanks – “Sully” (Warner Bros.)
  • Dev Patel – “Lion” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Denzel Washington – “Fences” (Paramount Pictures)


  • Casey Affleck – “Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside Attractions/Amazon Studios)
  • Colin Farrell – “The Lobster” (A24)
  • Ryan Gosling – “La La Land” (Summit Entertainment)
  • Viggo Mortensen – “Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street)
  • Ryan Reynolds – “Deadpool” (Marvel)


  • Amy Adams – “Nocturnal Animals” (Focus Features)
  • Emily Blunt – “The Girl on the Train” (Universal Pictures)
  • Viola Davis – “Fences” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Taraji P. Henson – “Hidden Figures” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Ruth Negga – “Loving” (Focus Features)


  • Kate Beckinsale – “Love & Friendship” (Roadside Attractions)
  • Annette Bening – “20th Century Women” (A24)
  • Sally Field – “Hello My Name is Doris” (Roadside Attractions)
  • Emma Stone – “La La Land” (Summit Enterainment)
  • Meryl Streep – “Florence Foster Jenkins” (Paramount Pictures)


  • Warren Beatty – “Rules Don’t Apply” (Warner Bros.)
  • Aaron Eckhart – “Sully” (Warner Bros.)
  • Hugh Grant – “Florence Foster Jenkins” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Liam Neeson – “Silence” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Michael Shannon – “Nocturnal Animals” (Focus Features)


  • Naomie Harris – “Moonlight” (A24)
  • Nicole Kidman – “Lion” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Octavia Spencer – “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)
  • Kristen Stewart – “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” (Sony Pictures)
  • Michelle Williams – “Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside Attractions/Amazon Studios)


  • Damien Chazelle – “La La Land” (Summit Entertainment)
  • Ang Lee – “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” (Sony Pictures)
  • Martin Scorsese – “Silence” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Denis Villenueve – “Arrival” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Denzel Washington – “Fences” (Paramount Pictures)


  • “Fences” – August Wilson
  • “Hidden Figures” – Allison Schroeder
  • “La La Land” – Damien Chazelle
  • “Loving” – Jeff Nichols
  • “Manchester by the Sea” – Kenneth Lonergan


  • “Arrival” – Johann Johansson
  • “The BFG” – John Williams
  • “Hail, Caesar!” – Carter Burwell
  • “La La Land” – Justin Hurwitz
  • “Moana” – Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda


  • “No Dames” from “Hail, Caesar!”
  • “Audition” from “La La Land”
  • “City of Stars” from “La La Land”
  • “Back to Life” from “Queen of Katwe”
  • “The Great Beyond” from “Sausage Party”


  • “Finding Dory” (Pixar)
  • “Kubo and the Two Strings” (Laika)
  • “Moana” (Walt Disney Pictures)
  • “Sing” (Universal Pictures)
  • “Zootopia” (Walt Disney Pictures)


  • “Aquarius” from Brazil
  • “Elle” from France
  • “Graduation” from Romania
  • “The Salesman” from Iran
  • “Toni Erdmann” from Germany

Discuss the Golden Globes, screeners, and awards in the comments below!

What do you think?


Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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