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Aspen Film’s Academy Screenings lineup announced

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Aspen Film's 24th annual Academy Screenings lineup will feature 20 acclaimed movies that are garnering Oscar buzz in the burgeoning awards race. Aspen Film announced the lineup Tuesday.

Screenings will run from Dec. 22 to Jan. 2 at the Wheeler Opera House, open to Oscar voters and the public at large.

"From star-studded features directed by master filmmakers to the best independent documentaries and foreign films of the year, this big-screen celebration spotlights the highest caliber and most talked about films vying for Oscars," Aspen Film artistic director Maggie Mackay said in the lineup announcement. "Whether you're a film industry professional in Aspen for the holidays or a movie lover catching up on awards season, the festival offers a unique opportunity to see an exciting and eclectic selection of movies as they should be experienced — in a gorgeous, landmark theater surrounded by an enthusiastic community of film lovers."

"Spotlight," director Tom McCarthy's drama about the Boston Globe's 2001 investigation of the Catholic Church abuse scandal, will open the festival Dec. 22. On Monday, the film won best feature at the Gotham Awards — often viewed as an awards season bellwether — along with prizes for its screenplay and its ensemble cast, which includes Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber.

Additional feature films include the historical drama "Suffragette," with Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep, the British love story "45 Years" and "The End of the Tour" featuring Jason Siegel as the writer David Foster Wallace. Other films based on true events include "Concussion," with Will Smith as a doctor exposing football's link to brain trauma, "Bridge of Spies," the Tom Hanks-Steven Spielberg Cold War thriller, the Brian Wilson biopic "Love & Mercy," which won Paul Dano a best actor award at the Gothams, and "Trumbo," with Brian Cranston as the blacklisted screenwriter Donald Trumbo.

A Dec. 26 screening of the animated feature "Shaun the Sheep Movie" will be preceded by a family-friendly milk and cookies reception. The New Year's Day screenings of "Youth" and "Tangerine" will open with a complementary brunch with mimosas and bloody Marys.

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Aspen Filmfest Audience Award winner "Room," Larry Abramson's adaptation of Emma Donoghue's novel about a mother and son held captive, plays Dec. 28.

The documentary lineup includes Michael Moore's latest, "Where to Invade Next," Asif Kapadia's groundbreaking Amy Winehouse doc "Amy" and the recounting of William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal's 1968 debates "Best of Enemies."

France's official Oscar submission, "Mustang," will play Dec. 30, followed by the war on drugs thriller "Sicario."

The festival closes Jan. 2 with screenings of Charlie Kaufman's stop-motion mind-bender "Anomalisa" and Todd Haynes' 1950s period piece "Carol," with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as women in a forbidden love affair.

Tickets are $20 per screening. They go on sale to the general public Dec. 9 at the Wheeler Opera House and at http://www.aspenshowtix.com. Aspen Film member pre-sales begin Friday.

Voting members of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, British Academy of Film and Television Arts and associated guilds receive a complimentary Industry Pass to Academy Screenings, which allows complimentary entry to all screenings and events. Please contact Aspen Film directly to obtain a pass: info@aspenfilm.org or 970-925-6882.

24th Annual Academy Screenings Schedule

TUESDAY, DEC. 22

5:30 p.m. Opening Reception

7:30 ‘Spotlight’

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23

5:30 p.m. ‘Suffragette’

8 ’45 Years’

SATURDAY, DEC. 26

2 p.m. Milk, Cookies and a Movie

3 ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’

5:30 ‘The End of the Tour’

8:15 ‘Concussion’

SUNDAY, DEC. 27

5 p.m. ‘Where to Invade Next’

8 ‘Bridge of Spies’

MONDAY, DEC. 28

3 p.m. ‘Love & Mercy’

5:30 ‘Room’

8:30 ‘Trumbo’

TUESDAY, DEC. 29

5:30 p.m. ‘The Danish Girl’

8:15 ‘Amy’

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30

3 p.m. ‘Best of Enemies’

5:30 ‘Mustang’

8:15 ‘Sicario’

FRIDAY, JAN. 1

12:30 p.m. Breakfast at the Fest

2:30 ‘Youth’

5:30 ‘Tangerine’

SATURDAY, JAN. 2

5:30 p.m. ‘Anomalisa’

8:15 ‘Carol’

All screenings at the Wheeler Opera House. Tickets on-sale to the general public Dec. 9 at the Wheeler Box Office and http://www.aspenshowtix.com. Aspen Film member pre-sales begin Friday, Dec. 4. More info at http://www.aspenfilm.org.

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