Oscar screeners: 20th Century Fox sends ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ with Warren Beatty

20th Century Fox just sent Oscar voters screeners of “Rules Don’t Apply,” Warren Beatty‘s first film as an actor since 2001’s “Town and Country,” and his first as a director since 1998’s “Bulworth.” His new film is a love story between aspiring actress Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins) and driver Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich). But they’re both employed by reclusive, eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes (Beatty), who forbids his employees from fraternizing.

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This romantic comedy is a markedly different depiction of Hughes than Martin Scorsese‘s “The Aviator” (2004), the dramatic biopic that earned Leonardo DiCaprio a Best Actor nomination. Beatty’s performance as Hughes has been described by critics as “delightful.” The legendary actor has “keen comic sensibility and restless intelligence,” and “it’s immensely pleasing to see him in such fine form.”

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Beatty has been nominated for 14 competitive Oscars, winning once as Best Director (“Reds,” 1981) and then receiving the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 2000. But he hasn’t won for his work in front of the camera despite four past nominations for Best Actor. Could “Rules Don’t Apply” earn him overdue acting honors?

To date, 51 films have been delivered this season. Below, a list of these titles with the most recent first.

Dec. 30: “Rules Don’t Apply”

Dec. 26: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

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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