Looks like the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado this weekend might be the one churning out some of the first big Oscar contenders this year, including films that had world premieres there, and those that were screened both there and at Venice.
-- Nicole Kidman's gritty crime drama 'Destroyer
' is getting rave reviews for the actress - being compared to Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning role in 'Monster', even. The reviews pretty much have said that Nicole's proven that she can essentially do ANY role impeccably.
-- Similarly is Melissa McCarthy in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?
', who critics unanimously said has given a career-best performance in the film, so expect her in the Best Actress convo come wintertime.
Others that have been mentioned to be possible awards contenders include Hugh Jackman in 'The Front Runner
' (though the movie got meh reviews), Robert Redford in 'The Old Man & the Gun
' (which got great reviews), 'Boy Erased
' (for Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman again, and not sure yet about Lucas Hedges), and movies reviewed at Venice: 'First Man', 'Roma', and 'The Favourite'.
Should point out that 'The Sisters Brothers' was just screened at Venice and is getting fairly good reviews so far.
Note that there are still a few more movies to premiere at Venice, but most importantly - the huge slate of premieres to come at the Toronto Film Festival starting this week.