‘Manchester by the Sea’ trailer: Your first look at an Oscar lock

LOS ANGELES Manchester by the Sea was one of those rare films, like Spotlight, that was an Oscar Best Picture nomination on arrival.

That arrival came on January 24, during the Sundance Film Festival, the first and only public screening of the film so far. The reviews of Kenneth Lonergan’s masterpiece were swooning it would be 100% on Rotten Tomatoes were it not for something called Redeye.

And like many Sundance debuts, it would be months before the first trailer arrived. And here it is.

Casey Affleck, an ironclad lock for a Best Actor nomination here, plays a down-on-his-luck handyman suddenly forced to play guardian to his high-school-aged nephew (Lucas Hedges). The film is both emotionally searing and laugh-out-loud funny, and all the while it’s hiding something dark and powerful. In a word, it’s a masterwork.

Amazon bought the film in the runup to Sundance, and now the studio that before last year had never released a film is suddenly in the Oscar race.

Manchester by the Sea will arrive in theaters on Nov. 18, and sometime thereafter on Amazon Prime, then appear at the 89th Academy Awards on Feb. 26, 2017.

You can count on it.

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