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Aspen Film Academy Screenings program Oscar frontrunners – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: It’s no secret that Hollywood shuts down for the holidays. Some head to warmer climes in Hawaii. Others go skiing in Aspen. Which is why the Aspen Film Academy Screening series annually assists voters hoping to squeeze in crucial screenings while still on holiday. The Oscar race doesn’t take a vacation, after all.

This year’s screening series kicked off on Wednesday, Dec. 21, and will run through Jan. 1. Screenings are open to the public, but press reps emphasized that the series is targeted toward Academy and guild members who happen to be in Aspen over the holidays.

Screenings take place at the Harris Concert Hall, located at 960 North 3rd St., in Aspen. Voting members of AMPAS, BAFTA, and associated guilds should contact the Aspen Film directly to RSVP. Use the email RSVP@aspenfilm.org or call 970.925.6882, extension 308.

Here’s this year’s screening schedule, in full:

Thurs., Dec. 22, 5:30 PM, UNDEFEATED, The Weinstein Company

Thurs. Dec. 22, 8:15 PM, YOUNG ADULT, Paramount

Fri., Dec. 23, 5:30 PM, LE HAVRE, Janus Films

Fri., Dec. 23, 8:00 PM, WAR HORSE, DreamWorks

Mon., Dec. 26, 5:30 PM, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, The Weinstein Company

Mon., Dec. 26, 8:15 PM, RAMPART, Millenium Entertainment

Tues., Dec. 27, 5:30 PM, LIKE CRAZY, Paramount


Wed., Dec. 28, 5:30 PM, CORIOLANUS, The Weinstein Company

Wed., Dec. 28, 8:15 PM, PARIAH, Focus Features

Thurs., Dec. 29, 5:30 PM, MONSIEUR LAZHAR, Music Box Films

Thurs., Dec. 29, 8:15 PM, SHAME, Fox Searchlight

Fri., Dec. 30, 5:30 PM, ALBERT NOBBS, Roadside Attractions

Fri., Dec. 30, 8:15 PM, MELANCHOLIA, Magnolia Pictures

Sat., Dec. 31, 5:30 PM, THE IRON LADY, The Weinstein Company

Sun., Jan. 1, 3:15 PM, THE KID WITH A BIKE, Sundance Selects

Sun., Jan 1, 5:30 PM, THE ARTIST, The Weinstein Company

Sun, Jan. 1, 8:00 PM, THE DESCENDANTS, Fox Searchlight

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Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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