Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” will not be playing the early awards game with Paramount indicating they will not be screening the film for guilds and critics groups until sometime in December.
That’s unusual for an Oscar player to be unveiled so late as it risks missing several key early deadlines including the National Board of Review, the New York and Los Angeles critics’ groups, and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
To meet those association deadlines, the remaining films that have yet to screen usually do so by Thanksgiving week. Very few films have been held until December, the most notable in recent years being “Avatar” and “Django Unchained”.
The last film to screen later than mid-November and go on to win the Best Picture Oscar was “Million Dollar Baby” back in 2004.