Sony Pictures Classics was the first studio to send DVD screeners to Oscar voters this year. At the end of August, academy members got two SPC titles,”Maggie’s Plan”and “Miles Ahead.” The former, a wry comedy-drama by Rebecca Miller features Best Actress Oscar champ Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) and indie darling Greta Gurwig while the latter is an acclaimed biopic of jazz great Miles Davis written, directed and starring one-time Oscar nominee Don Cheadle (“Hotel Rwanda”).
Since then, screeners of four more films have landed on the doorsteps of Academy Awards voters with the most recent of those being the French animated feature “Long Way North.” In between, there have been two other titles from Sony Pictures Classics: “I Saw the Light” with British import Tom Hiddleston as country crooner Hank Williams and “The Meddler” with Oscar winner Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”) in the title role of an interfering mother.
And Roadside Attractions recently sent “Hello, My Name is Doris,” the well-received spring release starring two-time Oscar winner Sally Field (“Norma Rae,” “Places in the Heart”) as a sixty-something singleton whose crush on a younger co-worker (Max Greenfield) has unexpected consequences.
Expect this 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 films with the most recent first.
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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