Oscar screeners: Fox Searchlight sends ‘The Birth of a Nation’ five weeks after release

Fox Searchlight  is a savvy player in the Oscar game and its strategists understand the importance of getting a screener into the hands of academy members early. Voters just got “The Birth of a Nation,” a biopic of slave rebel Nat Turner that opened five weeks ago on Oct. 7. The historical drama scored 70 on MetaCritic and 77% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes.

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This first-time film by Nate Parker, who also co-wrote and stars as Turner, won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Over the summer, Parker became the center of controversy stemming from a 1999 sexual assault allegation. In turn, that became the focus of much of the coverage of “The Birth of a Nation.”

To date, 14 films have been delivered to Oscar voters. But expect that trickle to turn into a flood in the coming weeks leading up to Thanksgiving (a prime time to catch up on contenders.) Below, a list of these titles with the most recent first.

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NOVEMBER
Nov. 11: “The Birth of a Nation”

Nov. 9: “Hell or High Water”

Nov. 7: “Captain Fantastic”
Nov. 7: “Denial”
Nov. 7: “Eye in the Sky”

Nov. 1: “Cafe Society”
Nov. 1: “Love and Friendship”
Nov. 1: “The Neon Demon”

OCTOBER
Oct. 18: “Long Way North”

Oct. 12: “Hello, My Name is Doris”

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SEPTEMBER
Sept. 24: “I Saw the Light”
Sept. 24: “The Meddler”

AUGUST
Aug. 30: “Maggie’s Plan”
Aug. 30: “Miles Ahead”

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