First Oscar screener: Blythe Danner in ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’

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The feel-good comedy "I'll See You in My Dreams" is the first of this year's Oscar contenders to be sent out to voters. The screeners of the first feature for Brett Haley, who co-wrote with Marc Basch, arrived in mailboxes this week. Blythe Danner plays a widow who embarks on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man (Martin Starr), pursues a new love interest (Sam Elliott), and reconnects with her daughter (Malin Akerman). After a warm reception at Sundance, this charmer geared to the AARP crowd was released in May to standout reviews (an impressive 94 at Rotten Tomatoes) and a healthy haul of $7.2 million. 

Bleecker Street is taking a page from the campaign playbook of those savvy folks over at The Weinstein Company. Last year an arm of that company, Radius, was first to the mailboxes at about this same time with a screener of "Snowpiercer." While that sci-fi pic didn't earn any Oscar nominations, supporting player Tilda Swinton did figure in some of the precursor prizes. Likewise for 2013's first screener, "Mud," which went out in late September and heralded the beginning of the "McConnaissance" of Matthew McConaughey.

Danner already has a Tony for her featured perfomance in the play "Butterfiles are Free" (1970) and a pair of Emmys for her supporting turn on the drama "Huff" (2005, 2006). Could she add an Oscar to her mantle this year? 

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Below: take a look at the trailer for "I'll See You in My Dreams" and then make (or update) your Oscar predictions. You can keep changing them right up until just before nominations are announced on Jan. 14. Earn a place of honor on our leaderboard and a starring role in next year's Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year's Oscar nominations). Meet the guy who won our contest to predict the Oscar nominations last year — and learn how he did it and how you can be our next Gold Derby superstar.

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Photo: Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott in "I''ll See You in My Dreams" Credit: Bleecker Street

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