It’s that time of the year again. The studios are putting in their orders for screeners, the marketing teams are gathering their materials, and we are going to share each and every announcement along the way. We have officially launched the FYC Tracker for 2017-2018!
While I’ll be bringing you the perspective from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which hosts the official kick-off to awards season, the Critics Choice Awards, we’ll also be reporting on what the Academy is receiving.
On the BFCA side, the first thing to hit our doorsteps in the past few weeks is Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy “Get Out” from Universal Pictures. With the highest rated Rotten Tomatoes score of the year so far, there are vocal believers that the film will be able to score multiple awards mentions through the season. Universal Pictures is wasting no time as the BFCA membership received Blu-Ray copies. Interesting, “Get Out” wasn’t the first on the Academy side.
As reported a few weeks ago, 20th Century Fox is gearing up for a serious campaign for James Mangold’s superhero drama “Logan” with Hugh Jackman. The awards team is very high on the film’s chances to land in the races like Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Patrick Stewart, and multiple tech categories. Depending on the reception for Michael Gracey’s “The Greatest Showman,” they’re prepared to put the pedal to the floor for Jackman for his final outing as the doomed Wolverine.
Sony Pictures Classics followed up with two of their own drops from the first half of the year. The first for Aisling Walsh’s “Maudie” with Sally Hawkins and the other for Joseph Cedar’s “Norman” with Richard Gere. Both have double projects in contention this year. Hawkins has the lead role in the already acclaimed film from Guillermo del Toro titled “The Shape of Water” while Gere stars in the tiny indie “The Dinner” from Oren Moverman.
20th Century Fox has two of their films listed on their roster thus far: “Logan” from James Mangold and “War for the Planet of the Apes” from Matt Reeves. In the case of the former, the only notable listing is co-star Dafne Keen being campaigned in Supporting Actress while in “War,” star Andy Serkis will receive a well-deserved Lead Actor push.
Focus Features has three of their projects up on their site. Most prominent is Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour” with Gary Oldman, who currently stands as the frontrunner for the Best Actor prize. The studio also lists Stephen Frears’ “Victoria and Abdul” in hopes for a Judi Dench nomination and Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” that currently has no categories listed.
Netflix wasted no time as screenings are already underway for their big projects, most notably “Mudbound” from Dee Rees and “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” from Noah Baumbach. The streaming company also has “First They Killed My Father” from Angelina Jolie, which is the official submission for Cambodia for Foreign Language and “Bright” from David Ayer.
The streaming service also four documentaries listed in the arsenal. “Chasing Coral” from Jeff Orlowski (“Chasing Ice”), “Icarus” from Bryan Fogel (“Jewtopia”), “Strong Island” from first-time director Yance Ford, and “One of Us” from Oscar-nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (“Jesus Camp”).
There’s a lot more road left for us. Settle in, watch some movies, and enjoy the ride.
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