NYT breaks down the biggest contenders for next year's Academy Awards (premature but still here)

So now that Telluride, Venice, and Toronto are (nearly) behind us, almost all of the big awards-baity movies have been seen by critics, Hollywood likes, Academy members, and a few fans who were lucky enough to get tickets to those film festival.

The Times' awards team broke down who they think'll be the big contenders in the six big categories come Oscars time, including those that premiered at the film festivals, and movie releases prior to that (oh and the Dick Cheney movie people still know nothing about?). Here's a breakdown of potential nominees.

Best Picture and Best Director

-- Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler
-- A Star Is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper
-- Roma, directed by Alfonso Cuaron
-- If Beale Street Could Talk, directed by Barry Jenkins
-- Widows, directed by Steve McQueen
-- First Man, directed by Damian Chazelle
-- Green Book, directed by Peter Farrelly
-- BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee
-- Can You Ever Forgive Me?, directed by Marielle Heller
-- The Favourite, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

All four Acting categoriesCollapse )

The only ones they have questionable are the 'Green Book' stars Viggo Mortensen & Mahershala Ali, and which categories they'll be divvied into. Same with 'The Favourite and its three stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz, which is why they're missing from the list above (as in, who will be put for lead, and who'll be supporting). Also some of the ones listed above are kind of far-fetched but who knows with the Academy to be honest.

The NYT also noted films that haven't been released but might have buzz, including Bohemian Rhapsody, Mary Queen of Scots, and On the Basis of Sex (and the Cheney movie).

Source: https://twitter.com/nytimesarts/status/1040657769769185280