Two years ago, Amazon Studios established itself as a significant Oscar player, winning two of six bids for the domestic drama “Manchester by the Sea” (Best Actor, Casey Affleck; Best Original Screenplay, Kenneth Lonergan) as well as Best Foreign Language Feature for “The Salesman.” Last year, the streaming service found success with “The Big Sick,” which reaped a bid for its original screenplay. This year, it has partnered with various distributors to release three films with great Oscar potential.
Timothee Chalamet is following up his Oscar nominated performance in the gay romance “Call Me by Your Name” with the real-life family drama “Beautiful Boy” in which he portrays a meth addict who struggles to overcome his addiction with the support of his father (Steve Carell). The film is the first in English from Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”). Luke Davies (“Lion”) adapted the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff.
Below, detailed listings of each of these Oscar contenders, including release dates, creative types, cast lists, running times, plot summaries, and receptions both critical and commercial.
“Beautiful Boy” (Amazon Studios) – October 12
Director: Felix Van Groeningen
Writers: Luke Davies, Felix Van Groeningen
Cast: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan
Summary: The film chronicles meth addiction and recovery through the eyes of a father (Steve Carell) who watches his son Nic (Timothée Chalamet) as he struggles with the addiction.
“Peterloo” (Amazon Studios) – November 9
Director: Mike Leigh
Writer: Mike Leigh
Cast: Rory Kinnear, Nico Mirallegro, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley, Tim McInnerny, Philip Jackson
Summary: The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.
“Suspiria “(Amazon Studios) – November 2
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Writer: David Kajganich (Based on Suspiria by Dario Argento and Daria Nicolodi)
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Lutz Ebersdorf, Angela Winkler, Ingrid Caven
Summary: A young American ballet dancer, travels to a prestigious dance academy in Berlin, only to discover it is something far more sinister and supernatural.