Lionsgate enjoyed an embarrassment of riches this year, and two of its true-life dramas — “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Deepwater Horizon” — are now in the hands of Oscar voters. Each is a strong contender in a number of races and having the DVDs delivered to academy members so early in the awards season is sure to increase the likelihood that they will be watched.
The reviews for the WWII drama “Hacksaw Ridge” were very positive, with many praising both Mel Gibson‘s direction and Andrew Garfield’s performance as Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who became a hero. It merited an impressive score of 89 at Rotten Tomatoes and since its release stateside on Nov. 4, it has taken in $42 million.
Director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg enjoyed great success in 2013 with “Lone Survivor” and have teamed up this year for two more true-life stories. “Patriots Day,” about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, won’t be out till Christmas. “Deepwater Horizon,” based on the 2010 oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, hit theaters in September and scored well at both Rotten Tomatoes (84) and the box office ($113 million).
To date, 22 films have been delivered. Expect that number to rise in the days leading up to Thanksgiving (a prime time to catch up on contenders.) Below, a list of these titles with the most recent first.
Nov. 18: “Deepwater Horizon”
Nov. 18: “Hacksaw Ridge”
Nov. 17: “Sully”
Nov. 15: “The Secret Life of Pets”
Nov. 15: “Sausage Party”
Nov. 14: “Captain America: Civil War”
Nov. 14: “The Jungle Book”
Nov. 14: “Zootopia”
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”
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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