2017 Films For Possible 2018 Oscar Gold
‘Annihilation’ - A biologist's (Natalie Portman) husband disappears. She thus puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone, but does not quite find what she's expecting. The expedition team is made up of the biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist (Jennifer Jason Leigh), and a surveyor.
‘Call Me by Your Name’ - A 17-year-old boy living in Italy during the 1980s meets Oliver, a 24-year-old academic who has come to stay at his parents' villa, and a passionate relationship develops between them. See Armie Hammer.
‘Mercy’ - Lucy, the daughter of a man who is on death row, falls in love with Mercy, a woman on the opposing side of her family’s political cause. As a result, Lucy’s value for truth is tested as her world begins to unravel. Kate Mara & Ellen Page.
‘Mother’ - Acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky is teaming up with Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem for a mysterious film about unexpected guests who wreak havoc on a happy couple's lives.
‘Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?’ – Lee Daniels Directs, along with Mike Epps starring in the biopic, which will be produced by Jay Z and co-star Eddie Murphy and Oprah Winfrey.
‘The Big Sick’ – Ray Ramano and Holly Hunter The Big Sick is based on the real courtship of Kumail Nanjiani and his now-wife, Emily Gordon. Kumail's traditional Muslim family are unhappy with his relationship with Emily, an American. When Emily is waylaid by a mysterious illness, Kumail must take charge of the crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry.
‘The Death of Stalin’ - Is an upcoming film directed by Armando Iannucci and chronicles the events that transpired after the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953.
‘The Finest Hour’ - While it is not guaranteed a spot in the Best Picture category, Gary Oldman's shocking transformation into Winston Churchill is sure to land him in the Best Actor race.
‘The Florida Project’ - The story of a precocious 6-year-old girl and her friends whose summer break is filled with mystery - filmmaker Sean Baker (TANGERINE) to write and direct. Wilem Dafoe
‘The Glass Castle’ - Chronicling the unconventional upbringing of a family plagued by poverty, The Glass Castle is based on a memoir by Jeannette Walls. The movie is also stacked with Oscar favorites including Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, and Woody Harrelson.
‘The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara’ – Steven Spielberg directs story in June 1858, a police posse and a Catholic inquisitor invaded the house of a Jewish merchant, Soloman Mortara, in Bologna, and seized his six-year-old son, Edgardo. With this scene, David Kertzer begins his investigation of the kidnapping that would eventually lead to the end of the church's governing power in Italy.
‘The Personal History of Rachel Dupree’ – 2017 Oscar Winners Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali are husband and wife set during the early 1900s in South Dakota, Rachel (Davis) and Isaac Dupree (Ali), an African American couple, raise their family on an isolated ranch in the Badlands.
‘The Zookeepers Wife’ – Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl in the true story about the Warsaw Zoo keepers couple Jan and Antonina Żabiński, who saved many human and animal lives during World War II by hiding them in animal cages.
‘Wonderstruck’ - Set in 1927 and 1977, Rose (Millicent Simmonds) escapes her home in New Jersey to catch a glimpse of her idol Lillian Mayhew (Julianne Moore) while Ben (Oakes Fegley), who lives with his family in Minnesota, runs to New York after his mother dies and he finds a mysterious note.
'Battle of the Sexes' - 2017 Best Actress winner Emma Stone will carry her awards energy into this period piece, the true story of tennis star Billie Jean King's 1973 face-off against Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell).
'Beauty and the Beast' - The original "Beauty and the Beast," the 1991 classic, was the rare animated movie to earn a Best Picture nomination. The live-action version will be directed by Bill Condon, whose turn on "Dreamgirls" landed the musical film eight nominations in 2007.
'Blade Runner 2049' - The sci-fi sequel, which will follow the 1982 masterpiece, will be a lock for nominations in special effects and other technical categories. Legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins will be behind the lens: could this finally bring his Oscar moment? Cast includes Harrison Ford - Ryan Gosling Jared Leto.
'Coco' - Pixar rules the Oscars' animated film category, and this film, due in November, should be no different. The title follows a 12-year-old boy, Miguel, in a magical story about Dia de los Muertos.
'Downsizing' - Oscar directing favorite Alexander Payne returns in December with a sci-fi comedy, this time starring Matt Damon—no awards slouch himself, despite the jabs of '16 host Jimmy Kimmel—and Kristen Wiig.
'Dunkirk' - The summer-due World War II drama is the next film from director Christopher Nolan, whose work on films such as "The Dark Knight" and "Interstellar" has bridged the often disparate worlds of genre imagination and critical praise.
'Mary Magdalene' - The Biblical drama will be a showcase for Rooney Mara in the title role, starring opposite Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus. The pair previously starred in sci-fi oddball "Her."
'Mudbound' – A Sundance hit set in Mississippi in the 1940s and starring Mary J. Blige and Carey Mulligan a family who have relocated to rural Mississippi find themselves trying to cope with numerous issues, including racism and a relative's return from World War II. A Netflix production.
'The Current War' - Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse's scientific fight to master electricity might not sound like the stuff of Oscar glory, but when it stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon and has the Weinstein Company behind it, time to plug in.
The Detroit Project – (Title could change) - "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow's next effort stars "Star Wars" breakthrough John Boyega in a circa 1967 crime drama.
'The Greatest Showman' - The peerless Hugh Jackman will star as P.T. Barnum in the musical drama, which will feature original material from "La La Land" songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.