CBS Films is a relatively new player in the Oscar game but its strategists understand the importance of getting a screener into the hands of academy members early. Its summer hit “Hell or High Water” just got delivered. This crime drama set in Texas stars Chris Pine and Ben Foster as brothers forced to become bank robbers to save the family farm with Jeff Bridges as the cop in pursuit of them.
“Hell or High Water” was directed by David Mackenize, a four-time BAFTA Scotland Award winner (“Young Adam,” 2003; “Starred Up,” 2013) and penned by WGA Award nominee Taylor Sheridan (“Sicario,” 2015). After its premiere in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, it opened on Aug. 12 to ecstatic reviews, scoring a jaw-dropping 98% at Rotten Tomatoes.
Much of the praise was showered on Bridges, a 2009 Oscar winner for his leading role in “Crazy Heart,” for his scene-stealing featured role. Indeed, our 25 Oscar experts derived from major media outlets, are predicting that he will reap a bid for Best Supporting Actor. Three of his six Oscar nominations to date have been in that race (“The Last Picture Show,” 1971; “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” 1974; “The Contender,” 2000).
To date, 13 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.
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”
Oct. 18: “Long Way North”
Oct. 12: “Hello, My Name is Doris”
Sept. 24: “I Saw the Light”
Sept. 24: “The Meddler”
Aug. 30: “Maggie’s Plan”
Aug. 30: “Miles Ahead”
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