The 2017 Oscar nomination season begins here…….

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With the Autumn season now over attention turns to the films which get released in early winter that are contenders for next years Oscars and a likely lead is Paramount’s release of the new Martin Scorsese long cherished film, ‘Silence’  which will set the pace for the other studios.

Silence will open in limited release on December 23 in the US, day-and-date with Japan through Kadokawa and Australia via Transmission. It will expand in the US in January 2017 and roll out across Europe in January and February 2017. It’s been a project that Scorsese has attempted to make the film for years and only really began to move forward when IM Global brought Scorsese to Cannes in 2013.

Adapted from the late Japanese Roman Catholic author Shusaku Endo’s revered 1966 novel of the same name the story leads with a pair of 17th century Portuguese missionaries who travel to Japan during the brutal ‘Christian Century’ persecutions in a bid to find and rescue their mentor and for once will not star Leonardo DiCaprio but is led by Andrew Garfield who himself could be a best actor contender not only for this but also for the war film ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ directed by Mel Gibson which has had very good reviews and is being talked about as the start of a possible rehabilitation for its director Mel Gibson.

‘Silence’ also stars Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciaran Hinds, Yosuke Kubozuka, Tadanobu Asano, Issey Ogata and Yoshi Oida.

Expect the other studios to start pushing their Oscar contenders soon though pray that our Editor doesn’t submit his super 8 home movies for best short film…..

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