The first DVD screener to be sent put this year was Logan. The lastest in the X-Men franchise. They are hoping for a Best Supporting nomination for Patrick Stewart. Then came Norman: Rise and Fall of a New York Fixer, with Richard Gere who has never been nominated.
Hoping to get some Oscar attention, Netflix and Amazon sent out 3 screeners. Netflix has The Meyerowitz Stories, Okja and War Machine. Amazon sent out City of Ghosts, Human Flow and Long, Strange Trip.
Universal recently sent put Split, M. Night Shyamalan‘s follow-up to Unbreakable. Along with Despicable Me 3. Other screeners sent out include, Wonder Woman and The LEGO Batman Movie.
The pace will pick up right before Thanksgiving as the studios hope that Academy voters will use their free time during the holidays to watch their films. They receive hundreds of screeners. Very few if any watch them all. The key is to get the Academy members to notice your film and watch it.