Bleecker Street is a relatively new player in the Oscar game but its strategists understand the importance of getting screeners into the hands of academy members early. Three of its titles — “Captain Fantastic,” “Eye in the Sky” and “Denial — just got delivered.
“Captain Fantastic,” written and directed by Matt Ross, tells the heartwarming story of Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), who is raising his six children off the grid in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. This summer release merited a score of 81 at Rotten Tomatoes. Mortensen has been receiving much of the acclaim for his deeply affecting and heartfelt performance. This one-time Oscar nominee could reap his second Best Actor bid. Likewise, he and the film are strong contenders in comedy at the Golden Globes.
“Eye in the Sky, directed by Gavin Hood who helmed 2005 Foreign-Language Film Oscar winner “Tsotsi,” is a taut thriller about a British drone operation in Africa. The spring title scored at a jaw-dropping 95% approval at Rotten Tomatoes. Oscar winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”) plays the colonel in charge of the operation, the late Alan Rickman is her commanding officer and three-time Emmy champ Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) is the pilot.
“Denial,” is a compelling courtroom drama directed by Mick Jackson (“Temple Grandin). Olivier-winning playwright David Hare (“Racing Demon”) adapted Deborah E. Lipstadt‘s memoir “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.” A hit at film festivals, it sits at 79 0n Rotten Tomatoes. Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (“The Constant Gardener”) plays Lipstadt with Timothy Spall (“Mr. Turner”) as her nemesis.
To date, a dozen films have been delivered. 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. 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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