This Fall’s Awards Contenders

Being originally from New England, fall has always been my favorite season. You’ve got the cool, crisp air and the bright-colored leaves. Then there’s the holidays and my birthday. But chief among it all … the movies! We’re ramping up for awards season, so now’s the time for the studios—big and small—to put out some of the best cinematic fare of the year. I spend all year keeping my eye on awards contenders, but the fall is when the best films are released. It’s a simple principle: the last thing you see is the first thing you remember. And that’s why studios wait until the end of the year to put out their big guns. These are the films that voters are most likely to remember (and consider) for the year’s top awards. Here are just some of the remaining films to be released this year that are primed for awards consideration, as well as some of the categories for which they stand to potentially receive nominations. (Note: This is not an exhaustive list, as several earlier releases are worthy of consideration in various categories.)

If you’re anything like me and you determine which movies to watch based, at least partly, on awards viability, then set your calendars for these upcoming releases (release dates listed below).

Best Picture

       

Best Director

     

Best Actor

     

Best Actress

  

Best Supporting Actor

 

Best Supporting Actress

 

Best Original Screenplay

  

Best Adapted Screenplay

     

Best Cinematography

 

Best Art Direction

 

Best Costume Design

 

Release Dates

November 9:

J. Edgar

November 16:

The Descendants

November 23:

The Artist

A Dangerous Method

Hugo

My Week with Marilyn

Rampart (January 27 wide)

December 2:

Shame

December 9:

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

We Need to Talk About Kevin (January 27 wide)

December 16:

Carnage

The Iron Lady

Young Adult

December 21:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

December 23:

We Bought a Zoo

December 25:

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (January 20 wide)

War Horse

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