2018 Oscar Predictionsby IngJane | created - 08 Feb 2017 | updated - 7 months ago | Public
Movies released in 2017 in USA that could be potential 90th Academy Award contenders. Detailed explanations why I think it has possibilities and for what. Uptaded on 30th September: Top 9 Best Picture Nominees
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1. Call Me by Your Name (2017)
R | 132 min | Drama, Romance
In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.
Votes: 106,109 | Gross: $18.10M
About a romance between a 17-year-old boy and a guest in Italy / Luca Guadagnino + Armie Hammer & Timothée Chalamet / Moonlight was an upgrade from Boyhood and this might be an upgrade from Moonlight, the book is great and the reactions from Sundance were amazing. Definitely keep an eye out for this one.
2. Darkest Hour (2017)
PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History
In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.
Votes: 96,917 | Gross: $56.44M
Winston Churchill biography World War II movie / Joe Wright (Atonement and Pride and Prejudice director) + Anthony McCarten (Oscar-nominated screenwriter) + Gary Oldman (Oscar-nominated actor) playing Winston Churchill & John Hurt (Oscar-nominated actor) & Ben Mendelsohn & Lily James & Stephen Dillane
3. The Shape of Water (2017)
R | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.
Votes: 213,813 | Gross: $63.86M
Guillermo Del Torro (Pans Labyrinth) + Octavia Spencer (Oscar-winning actress) & Michael Shannon (Oscar-nominated actor) / Maybe I am just way too over excited to see this but I am hoping for something like Pan's Labyrinth and that was an Oscar darling
4. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
R | 164 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.
Votes: 294,433 | Gross: $92.05M
When I was updating this list everything I said about Blade Runner got deleted, the longest description was for this one. People who've seen it are calling it a masterpiece.
5. The Post (2017)
PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History
A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.
Votes: 71,769 | Gross: $81.90M
Steven Spielberg (2 time Oscar winning director) + Josh Singer (Oscar winning screenwriter, Spotlight) + John Williams (5 time Oscar winning composer) + Janusz Kaminski (2 time Oscar winning cinematographer) + Meryl Streep (3 time Oscar winning actress and 20 times nominated) & Tom Hanks (2 time Oscar winning actor) / Might be Spielberg's big comeback to Oscars it for sure is promising
6. Dunkirk (2017)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History
Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Votes: 389,138 | Gross: $188.37M
World War II movie / Christopher Nolan (Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter) + Hans Zimmer (Oscar-winning composer) + Tom Hardy (Oscar-nominated actor) & Mark Rylance (Oscar winning actor) & Kenneth Branagh (Oscar-nominated actor) & Cillian Murphy
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama
A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.
Votes: 234,891 | Gross: $54.51M
Martin McDonagh (Oscar-winning short film director and In Bruges screenwriter) + Frances McDormand (Oscar-winning actress) & Woody Harrelson (Oscar-nominated actor) & Lucas Hedges (Oscar-nominated actor) & Peter Dinklage (Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actor)
8. Phantom Thread (2017)
R | 130 min | Drama, Romance
Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.
Votes: 57,964 | Gross: $21.02M
Paul Thomas Anderson (Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter) + Daniel Day-Lewis (3 times Oscar winning actor) / This DDL's last movie and if it is true, he will for sure want to finish on a big note. It will be amazing.
9. Last Flag Flying (2017)
R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War
Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.
Votes: 12,578 | Gross: $0.97M
Richard Linklater (Oscar nominated director and writer) + Bryan Cranston (Oscar nominated actor) & Steve Carell (Oscar nominated actor) & Laurence Fishburne (Oscar nominated actor)
10. Downsizing (2017)
R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
A social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendor.
Votes: 47,316 | Gross: $24.45M
Alexander Payne (2 time Oscar winning screenwriter, director) + Matt Damon (Oscar-nominated actor and Oscar-winning screenwriter) & Kristen Wiig (Oscar-nominated screenwriter, actress) & Christoph Waltz (2 time Oscar winning actor) & Neil Patrick Harris (Golden Globe nominated and Emmy winning actor) & Alec Baldwin (Oscar-nominated actor)
11. Mother! (2017)
R | 121 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
Votes: 117,497 | Gross: $17.80M
Darren Aronofsky (0scar nominated director, screenwriter) + Jennifer Lawrence (Oscar-winning actress) & Michelle Pfeiffer (Oscar nominated actress) & Javier Bardem (Oscar winning actor) & Ed Harris (Oscar-nominated actor) & Domhnall Gleeson (In 2015 4/4 movies he starred in were Oscar nominees, he can't miss)
12. Suburbicon (2017)
R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
As a 1950s suburban community self-destructs, a home invasion has sinister consequences for one seemingly normal family.
Votes: 21,186 | Gross: $5.78M
Geroge Clooney (Oscar-winning actor and producer, oscar nominated director) + Ethan and Joel Coen (Oscar-winning screenwriters and directors) + Matt Damon (Oscar-nominated actor and Oscar-winning screenwriter) & Julianne Moore (Oscar-winning actress) & Josh Brolin (Oscar-nominated actor) & Oscar Isaac (Golden Globe winning actor)
13. Annihilation (2018)
R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror
A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.
Votes: 127,758 | Gross: $32.73M
Alex Garland ("Ex Machina director and screenwriter) + Natalie Portman (Oscar-winning actress) & Jennifer Jason Leigh (Oscar nominated actress) & Tessa Thompson & Oscar Isaac (Golden Globe winning actor) & Gina Rodriguez
14. Detroit (2017)
R | 143 min | Crime, Drama, History
Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.
Votes: 31,223 | Gross: $16.79M
Kathryn Bigelow (Oscar-winning director) + Mark Boal (Oscar-winning screenwriter) + Anthony Mackie & John Boyega & Jason Mitchell & Will Poulter & John Krasinski (Emmy nominated actor)
15. The Snowman (2017)
R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.
Votes: 35,261 | Gross: $6.67M
Tomas Alfredson ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Let the Right One In" director) + Hossein Amini (Oscar-nominated screenwriter) + Michael Fassbender (Oscar-nominated actor) & J.K. Simons (Oscar winning actor) & Rebecca Ferguson & Val Kilmer & Toby Jones (Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actor)
16. Happy End (2017)
R | 107 min | Drama
A drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop.
Votes: 6,684 | Gross: $0.30M
Michael Haneke (Oscar-winning foreign film director and screenwriter) + Isabelle Huppert (Oscar nominated actress) & Jean-Louis Trintignant / Had lots of potential, it's not Amour
17. Todos lo saben (2018)
132 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister's wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.
Asghar Farhadi (Oscar-winning foreign film director and screenwriter) + Penélope Cruz (Oscar-winning actress) & Javier Bardem (Oscar winning actor)
Presumably moved to *2018*
18. Battle of the Sexes (2017)
PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Votes: 31,199 | Gross: $12.64M
Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine directors) + Simon Beaufoy (Oscar-winning screenwriter) + Emma Stone (Oscar-winning actress) & Steve Carrel (Oscar-nominated actor) / After seeing the trailer, I am not so sure. It might even be a comedy, or it was a misleading trailer.
19. The Mercy (2018)
112 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The incredible story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The struggles he confronted on the journey while his family awaited his return is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.
James Marsh (Oscar-winning director, The Theory of Everything) + Rachel Weisz (Oscar-winning actress) & Colin Firth (Oscar winning actor)
20. The Beguiled (2017)
R | 93 min | Drama, Thriller
The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.
Votes: 34,799 | Gross: $10.58M
Sofia Coppola (Oscar-winning director and screenwriter) + Nicole Kidman (Oscar-winning actress) & Colin Farrel (Golden Globe winning actor) & Kristen Dunst (Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress) & Elle Fanning / A very good film and Sofia Coppola should be nominated for Best Director, I have no guarantees though. If the year turns out to be very competitive I doubt The Beguiled has much chances.
21. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
R | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.
Votes: 60,081 | Gross: $2.29M
Yorgos Lanthimos (Oscar nominated director, screenwriter) + Nicole Kidman (Oscar-winning actress) & Colin Farrel (Golden Globe winning actor) / Based on the reactions from Cannes this is a very divisive movie and we know Oscars aren't a fan of films like these
22. Molly's Game (2017)
R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.
Votes: 63,346 | Gross: $28.78M
Aaron Sorkin (Oscar-winning screenwriter, directing debut) + Jessica Chastain (Oscar nominated actress) & Idris Elba
23. Under the Silver Lake (2018)
R | 139 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A man becomes obsessed with the strange circumstances of a billionaire mogul's murder and the kidnapping of a girl.
Modern noir crime set in L.A. / David Robert Mitchell (It Follows director) + Andrew Garfield (Oscar-nominated actor) / I loved It Follows and this movie should be even better, it is a dark horse so I am not 100 percent sure about the Oscars
24. Mudbound (2017)
R | 134 min | Drama, War
Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.
Deals with racism after two men return home from World War II / Sundance favorite / Dee Rees + Carey Mulligan (Oscar nominated actress) & Johnathan Banks / Not so sure because it is a Netflix film, but nevertheless, it premiered at Sundance it is a great movie and a movie Oscars would love
25. Wind River (2017)
R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A veteran tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service helps to investigate the murder of a young Native American woman, and uses the case as a means of seeking redemption for an earlier act of irresponsibility which ended in tragedy.
Votes: 123,751 | Gross: $33.80M
Sundance Film Festival / Taylor Sheridan (Oscar-nominated screenwriter) + Jeremy Renner (Oscar-nominated actor) & Elizabeth Olsen
26. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
PG-13 | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When a murder occurs on the train he's travelling on, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.
Votes: 136,807 | Gross: $102.83M
Kenneth Branagh (Oscar nominated director, actor, and screenwriter) + Johnny Depp (Oscar-nominated actor) & Penélope Cruz (Oscar-winning actress) & Judi Dench (Oscar-winning actress) & Michelle Pfeiffer (Oscar nominated actress) & Willem Dafoe (Oscar-nominated actor) & Daisy Ridley / Not so sure about the Oscars anymore
27. Mary Magdalene (2018)
120 min | Drama
The story of Mary Magdalene.
Garth Davis (Lion 2016) + Rooney Mara (Oscar nominated actress) & Joaquin Pheonix (Oscar-nominated actor) & Chiwetel Ejiofor (Oscar-nominated actor) / This is a very promising film and Joaquin Pheonix is playing Jesus
28. Coco (I) (2017)
PG | 105 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.
Votes: 173,751 | Gross: $209.73M
Pixar animated movie + Lee Unkrich (Oscar-winning director, Toy Story 3)
29. American Made (2017)
R | 115 min | Action, Biography, Comedy
The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.
Votes: 98,048 | Gross: $51.34M
Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity) + Tom Cruise (Oscar-nominated actor) & Domhnall Gleeson / It might be just a fine action movie but Domhall knows how to pick a great movie so we will see how this one turns out
30. Wonderstruck (2017)
PG | 116 min | Drama, Family, Mystery
Tells the tale of two children separated by fifty years. In 1927, Rose searches for the actress who's life she chronicles in her scrapbook; in 1977, Ben runs away from home to find his father.
Votes: 5,395 | Gross: $1.03M
Todd Haynes (Oscar nominated director, Carol) + Julianne Moore (Oscar-winning actress) & Michelle Williams (Oscar nominated actress) / After its premiere at Cannes it wasn't much talked about and I don't think it will be like Carol was
31. The Greatest Showman (2017)
PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Musical
Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
Votes: 123,566 | Gross: $173.96M
Original musical-biography + Michael Arndt (Oscar-winning screenwriter) + Hugh Jackman (Oscar-nominated actor) & Michelle Williams (Oscar nominated actress)
32. Submergence (2017)
112 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
In a room with no windows on the eastern coast of Africa, a Scotsman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Thousands of miles away in the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders ... See full summary »
Wim Wenders (Oscar-nominated director) + Alicia Vikander (Oscar-winning actress) & James McAvoy & Charlotte Rampling (Oscar nominated actress)
33. The Current War (2017)
105 min | Biography, Drama, History
The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director) + Benedict Cumberbatch (Oscar-nominated actor) as Thomas Edison & Michael Shannon (Oscar-nominated actor) as George Westinghouse & Nicholas Hoult as Nikola Tesla & Tom Holland & Katherine Waterston / True story, historical figures, great cast and a promising director
34. Song to Song (2017)
R | 129 min | Drama, Music, Romance
Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.
Votes: 12,779 | Gross: $0.44M
Terrence Malick (Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter) + Emmanuel Lubezki (3 times Oscar winning cinematographer) + Cate Blanchett (2-time Oscar-winning actress) & Natalie Portman (Oscar-winning actress) & Christian Bale (Oscar winning actor) & Ryan Gosling (Oscar-nominated actor) & Michael Fassbender (Oscar-nominated actor) & Rooney Mara (Oscar nominated actress) & Benicio Del Toro (Osar-winning actor) & Holly Hunter (Oscar-winning actress) / For sure this movie looked promising with its cast and crew but it is not gonna be an Oscar darling maybe it gets some small nominations for cinematography, nothing big
35. The Glass Castle (2017)
PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama
A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.
Votes: 15,727 | Gross: $17.27M
Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12 director) + Brie Larson (Oscar-winning actress) & Naomi Watts (Oscar nominated actress) & Woody Harrelson (Oscar-nominated actor) / Vey unlikely, it won't be at film festivals and has a summer release and even I'm not excited to see this
36. Loving Vincent (2017)
PG-13 | 94 min | Animation, Biography, Crime
In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.
Votes: 27,387 | Gross: $6.74M
Animated movie about Vincent Van Gogh + Hugh Welchman (Oscar winner) + Saoirse Ronan (2 time Oscar nominated actress) / This will be the animated movie of the year and if it's that good it might even be nominated for bigger categories
37. Wonder Wheel (2017)
PG-13 | 101 min | Drama
On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator, his beleaguered wife, and the visitor who turns their lives upside-down.
Votes: 12,623 | Gross: $1.40M
Woody Allen (4 time Oscar winning director and screenwriter) + Kate Winslet (Oscar-winning actress) & Justin Timberlake / Woody Allen's movies in these years are either a hit or a miss and they always have great cast
38. Victoria & Abdul (2017)
PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History
Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
Votes: 18,423 | Gross: $22.25M
Stephen Frears (2 time Oscar nominated director) + Judi Dench (Oscar-winning actress) / It's early to say but Florence Foster Jenkins turned out good and this sounds promising especially with Judi Dench
39. Stronger (I) (2017)
R | 119 min | Biography, Drama
Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Votes: 23,654 | Gross: $4.21M
Jake Gylenhall (Oscar-nominated actor) & Tatiana Maslany (Emmy-winning actress) / The director is not a house name but the movie is a biography based on a book and hopefully in 2018 we'll see Jake Gylenhall nominated for his 2nd Oscar
40. Euphoria (I) (2017)
104 min | Adventure, Drama
Sisters in conflict travelling through Europe toward a mystery destination.
Alicia Vikander (Oscar winning actress) & Eva Green & Charlotte Rampling (Oscar nominated actress) & Charles Dance / It was supposed to come out in 2018
41. Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
PG-13 | 122 min | Crime, Drama
Roman J. Israel, Esq., a driven, idealistic defense attorney, finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a crisis and the necessity for extreme action.
Votes: 15,043 | Gross: $11.96M
Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler director and writer) + Denzel Washington (2 time Oscar winning actor) & Colin Farrell / We know what Dan Gilroy and Jake Gyllenhaal made together, know it is time to see Dan Gilroy + Denzel
42. Get Out (I) (2017)
R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
Votes: 305,163 | Gross: $176.04M
Get Out came out in February and it is so good. Jordan Peele will be nominated for Best Original Screenplay* and I hope even more nominations come.
43. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
PG | 129 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical
An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.
Votes: 207,235 | Gross: $504.01M
Best Original Song* this year should definitely go to Evermore (I doubt think there'll be anything better). Other possibilities: Production Design* (Still I think Blade Runner 2049 will win that one), Costume Design*, Makeup and Hairstyling* and maybe some technical categories