Oscar screeners: CBS Films sends ‘Patriots Day’ with Mark Wahlberg

CBS Films just sent Oscar voters screeners of “Patriots Day,” which tells the compelling true story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the ensuing manhunt. The film, which got a limited release on Dec. 21 ahead of a national roll-out on Jan. 13, was directed by Peter Berg (“Lone Survivor” and “Deepwater Horizon”) from an original screenplay by Oscar nominee Matt Charman (“Bridge of Spies,” 2015)

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Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg plays a composite character, a police officer who is part of the response team and then is active in the investigation. Among those offering support in a large ensemble cast are Oscar champ J.K. Simmons, Emmy winner John Goodman, Kevin Bacon and Michelle Monaghan.

Goodman, who portrays Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, has been in the Oscar conversation for supporting roles in “The Artist” (2011), “Argo” (2012) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and could finally make the final five this year for his role here or for his scene-stealing, buzzworthy role in “10 Cloverfield Lane.” Joining Goodman in the hunt for a Supporting Actor nomination is recent Oscar winner Simmons (“Whiplash,” 2014), who also lends support in both “La La Land” and “The Accountant” this year, as Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese and Bacon as FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers.

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Monaghan (Golden Globe nominated for “True Detective,” 2014) plays Carol Saunders, wife to Wahlberg’s character Boston P.D. Sergeant Tommy Saunders. Wahlberg is looking for his first Best Actor nomination with the academy after barely missing the cut there for “The Fighter” (2010) and following his Supporting Actor nomination for “The Departed” (2006).

Below-the-line “Patriots Day” features a new original score from Oscar winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (“The Social Network,” 2010) who, after missing the cut for their work on “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2011) and “Gone Girl” (2014), are seeking their second Oscar nomination. Berg’s film “Lone Survivor” (2013) notched two Oscar nominations in Sound Editing and Sound Mixing categories. Given the subject matter of “Patriots Day” it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the film’s sound department follow in those footsteps.

To date, 49 films have been delivered this season. Below, a list of these titles with the most recent first.

Dec. 23: “Patriots Day”

Dec. 22: “Hidden Figures”

Dec. 21:  “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Dec. 20: “Allied”
Dec. 20: “Fences”
Dec. 20: “Silence”

Dec. 19: “La La Land”

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”

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

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

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