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


My Week with Marilyn

Rampart (January 27 wide)

December 2:


December 9:

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

We Need to Talk About Kevin (January 27 wide)

December 16:


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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