Oscar voters get DVD screener of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

The star vehicle “Murder on the Orient Express” was well-received when it opened in November. Academy members just got DVD screeners of this remake of the Oscar-winning 1974 film based on the Agatha Christie crime classic. Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh , who also directed, plays the portly Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who must solve a killing that takes place on a snowbound luxury train.

Branagh assembled one of the most celebrated casts of the year: Oscar winners Judi Dench (“Shakespeare in Love”) and Penelope Cruz (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”); Emmy winner Derek Jacobi; and Tony winner Leslie Odom. Also on board are Oscar nominees Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, and Michelle Pfeiffer; Emmy nominee Olivia Colman; and Tony nominee Josh Gad; as well as recent “Star Wars” sensation Daisy Ridley.

Several of Branagh’s ensemble feature in other high-profile pictures this awards season. Dafoe is the Best Supporting Actor Oscar frontrunner for “The Florida Project,” Pfeiffer was praised for her role in “mother!” and Ridley and Gad star in two of the year’s biggest films in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Beauty and the Beast,” respectively.

Sidney Lumet‘s 1974 film featured an equally starry cast. The critically acclaimed box office smash was nominated for six Oscars: Best Actor (Albert Finney), Best Supporting Actress (Ingrid Bergman), Best Adapted Screenplay (Paul Dehn), Best Cinematography (Geoffrey Unsworth), Best Original Score (Richard Rodney Bennett), and Best Costume Design (Tony Walton). In the film’s only win, Bergman earned her third Oscar for her performance in the film as the missionary; Cruz is playing that part this time around.

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To date, the following screeners of films have been delivered to members of the motion picture academy who vote on the Oscar nominations. Below, a list of these titles with the most recent first.

DECEMBER

Dec. 13: “The Mountain Between Us”
Dec. 13: “Murder on the Orient Express”

Dec. 12: “Call Me By Your Name”
Dec. 12: “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”
Dec. 12: “Loveless”

Dec. 11: “All I See Is You”
Dec. 11: “Marshall”
Dec. 11: “The Promise”

Dec. 8: “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
Dec. 8: “Good Time”

Dec. 7: “Blade Runner 2049”

Dec. 5: “Darkest Hour”

Dec. 4: “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales”
Dec. 4: “The Breadwinner”
Dec. 4: “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

NOVEMBER

Nov. 28: “Detroit”
Nov. 28: “I, Tonya”

Nov. 22: “Victoria and Abdul”

Nov. 21: “Mudbound”

Nov. 20: “Last Flag Flying”
Nov. 20: “Wonderstruck”

Nov. 17: “Battle of the Sexes”
Nov. 17: “Gifted”

Nov. 16: “First They Killed My Father”
Nov. 16: “The Beguiled”

Nov. 14: “Get Out”

Nov. 13: “Breathe”
Nov. 13: “The Man Who Invented Christmas”

Nov. 10: “Beatriz at Dinner”
Nov. 10: “Stronger”

Nov. 9: “The LEGO Batman Movie”
Nov. 9: “Wonder Woman”

Nov. 6: “Despicable Me 3”
Nov. 6: “Split”

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OCTOBER
Oct. 25: “City of Ghosts”
Oct. 25: “Human Flow”
Oct. 25: “Long, Strange Trip”

Oct. 17: “The Meyerowitz Stories”
Oct. 17: “Okja”
Oct. 17: “War Machine”

SEPTEMBER
Sept. 19: “Maudie”
Sept. 19: “Norman: Rise and Fall of a New York Fixer”

Sept. 16: “Logan”

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