Oscar screeners: A24 sends ‘Moonlight’ with Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris

Oscar voters just got screeners of one of the hottest titles of the year — Barry Jenkin‘s critically acclaimed “Moonlight,” an understated story about the underprivileged. It’s distributed by A24, the company that handled another tough-sell contender last year, “Room,” and guided it to Oscar noms for Best Picture and Best Director (Lenny Abrahamson) and a Best Actress win for Brie Larson.

This contemplative coming-of-age story, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney‘s acclaimed play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” tells the story of Chiron in three chapters spread out over 15 years. The cast of “Moonlight” includes three actors playing Chiron — Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes — and another trio as his friend Kevin — Jaden Piner, Jharrel Jerome and Andre Holland — as well as Naomie Harris as his drug-addicted mother and Mahershala Ali and Janelle Monae as a couple who care for him. Ali is the frontrunner for Best Supporting Actor while Harris is a strong contender on the distaff side.

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After wowing critics and audiences at the Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals, “Moonlight opened on Oct. 21 to great critical acclaim. It scored a jaw-dropping 99 on MetaCritic, which as of this writing makes it that website’s highest-rated film of the year. It’s the highest-rated film of the last two years actually; no film has scored this high since “Boyhood” got a perfect score of 100 in 2014. On top of that, “Moonlight” is 98% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

To date, 42 films have been delivered this season. Below, a list of these titles with the most recent first.

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Dec. 16: “Moonlight”

Dec. 14: “2oth Century Women”

Dec. 13: “Jackie”

Dec. 12: “Elle”
Dec. 12: “Julieta”
Dec. 12: “Toni Erdmann”

Dec.6: “Arrival”
Dec, 6: “Florene Foster Jenkins”

Dec. 5: “Miss Sloane”

Dec. 2: “Christine”
Dec. 2: “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”
Dec. 2: “Life, Animated”
Dec. 2: “The Music of Strangers”
Dec. 2: “Neruda”

Nov. 30: “The Dressmaker”
Nov. 30: “The Handmaiden”
Nov. 30: “Manchester by the Sea”
Nov. 30: “The Man Who Knew Infinity” (Actors branch)

Nov. 23: “Trolls”

Nov. 21: “Finding Dory”

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”

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Sept. 24: “I Saw the Light”
Sept. 24: “The Meddler”

Aug. 30: “Maggie’s Plan”
Aug. 30: “Miles Ahead”

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