FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
This is the time of year the studio sends out thousands of "For Your Consideration" invitations to industry screenings in Los Angeles and New York as well as a smattering in San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas etc. For example, LINCOLN, which has screened at multiple venues in the usual places also screened in Washington, D.C. The idea is for voters to see all the films the studios deem award worthy. And to generate buzz. Always the buzz.
I still get excited when I see that studio logo in the corner of the #10 envelope. Focus Features. Universal. Warner Bros. Lionsgate. DreamWorks. Fox Searchlight. The Weistein Company. Honestly, I'm half-hoping it's a forgotten paycheck intended for Mark (MLH - My Loving Husband) except those come from payroll services.
The usual routine is you call and RSVP. The screenings for popular films fill up in a snap; sometimes the recorded RSVP phone line will warn 'Arrive early. Your RSVP does not guarantee seating'
Hmm. Terrific. Nothing like showing up and not getting in. If the director or God forbid, the actors, are going to be there for a Q&A, you better get there a couple of hours early. And cross your fingers. Not something MLH and I are keen to do unless it's a movie I really really want to see. MLH is much more patient - and isn't a fan of lines - and therefore doesn't mind waiting for the film to hit the theatres, or even DVD. I like to see them sooner!
(based on the book which I've blogged about here) and The Impossible (a film starring Naomi Watts that I've not heard of), both from Summit. MLH is a bit bummed because we haven't seen Argo and was hoping for a screener. We'll have to see if we get any others - we moved and I have a feeling MLH might not have put in our change of address right from the get go so we might be missing a whole mess of movies!