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Oscars: 'First Man' Greeted By Warm Reception At Packed Academy Screening

First Man / All Lights Film MagazineThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' first West Coast members' screening of First Man took place on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. It was exactly one week since the Academy's screening of A Star Is Born drew the first full house of the season at the organization's Samuel Goldwyn Theatre (which seats 1,010), receiving enthusiastic applause (albeit no standing ovation). And First Man generated a comparably unusual turnout and noteworthy response.

First Man is angling to follow in the footsteps of its 33-year-old filmmaker's two preceding films, 2014's Whiplash and 2016's La La Land, both of which wound up with best picture Oscar nominations, among numerous other noms. (For La La Land, Chazelle became the youngest best director Oscar winner in history.) The film had its world premiere on the opening night of the Venice Film Festival and then its North American debut at the Telluride Film Festival, quickly accumulating solid reviews that have propelled it to an 88 percent favorable rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Universal released it nationwide on Friday, and it registered #3 at the box-office for the weekend with a $16.5 million haul, trailing Venom and A Star Is Born, which held steady at #1 and #2 for the second consecutive weekend.