Adam Sandler and Emma Thompson films among first to go to voters – Deadline


They begin handing out Emmys next weekend with back-to-back Creative Arts ceremonies, followed Monday, September 12 with the Primetime Emmys on NBC. But even though TV awards season is still a few weeks away from becoming history, Oscar season is officially beginning.

Of course, that means the Venice, Telluride, and Toronto Fall Festival trifecta kick off the season that sets the stage for the Oscars, but it also means screen season begins. Unfortunately for AMPAS members who liked to collect these DVD screens to show their friends, this practice is kaput as the Academy officially went all-digital last year and members now watch movies through the screening room Academy digital.

Today, the first batch of what we’ll call “awards contenders” arrived at the Oscar Voters Department. We call them “competitors” because their distributors pay a fee of $12,500 (if last year’s figure holds) just to have a chance to be seen by the 10,000 members who have digital access.

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These eight titles are from Netflix Hustle with films from Adam Sandler and Amazon, including All the old knives and Master. A Sundance Award winner called Emergency is in place, along with Universal’s hit animated feature The villains. Documentaries Navalny and Hellelujah: Leonard Cohen, a journey, a song are also there.

Last but not least is Searchlight/Hulu Good luck to you, Leo Grande, which features a spunky, Oscar-worthy performance from Emma Thompson; until recently, the pic wasn’t even eligible for an Oscar as it went straight to streaming on Hulu in June with no theatrical qualification commitment. Searchlight appealed to the Academy, which recently reverted to its pre-pandemic rules requiring a seven-day run in theaters, and AMPAS agreed to waive the requirement as the distributor said it had made its release plans under the old pandemic plan that allowed streaming movies to avoid theaters. To emphasize that it’s hopefully Oscar-related, big lion is now one of the very first to make itself available to all Oscar voters on the AMPAS website.

Good luck to you, Leo Grande

“Good luck to you, Leo Grande”

In terms of physical controllers that cannot be sent to the Academy, others like SAG and Critics Choice box get them, and I’m told that next week the first filter will be in these mailboxes: which was mentioned above and rated well Hustle, which will be sent to the members of the SAG nominating committee (approximately 2,500) and to the approximately 500 members of Critics Choice.

Welcome to Oscar season.

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