Oscar screeners: Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions sends ‘Manchester by the Sea’

Amazon Studios is a fairly new player in feature films having released its first title, “Chi-Raq,” just a year ago. As with that one, it has partnered with Roadside Attractions for distribution of its 15th film, “Manchester by the Sea.” This domestic drama from writer/director Kenneth Lonergan is a leading awards contender and is now in the hands of Oscar voters, who will be eager to watch given its recent run of success with the precursor prizes.

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On Monday (Nov. 28), Casey Affleck won Best Actor at the Gotham Independent Film Awards for his sensitive portrayal of a grieving brother forced to confront his past. On Tuesday (Nov. 29), the film swept the National Board of Review Awards, winning Best Picture, Actor (Affleck), Original Screenplay (Lonergan) and Breakthrough Male Performance (Lucas Hedges). On Thursday (Dec. 1), Affleck and Lonergan prevailed with the New York Film Critics Circle which also singled out the supporting performance of Michelle Williams for honors. And that same day, the film reaped eight Critics’ Choice Awards nominations.

To date, 25 films have been delivered. Below, a list of these titles with the most recent first.

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Nov. 30: “Manchester by the Sea”

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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