Of course it’s too early to make Oscar predictions; the nominees are months away from being announced.  Some of what may be the best films of the year haven’t even come out yet.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it anyway and make guesses based on almost nothing.  At the very least, here is a list of movies that deserve a watch, as they might be in the Oscar conversation soon.

This is the Variety ranking of top Academy Award contenders:

  1. Nomadland
  2. Minari
  3. Mank
  4. The Trial of the Chicago 7
  5. One Night in Miami
  6. The Father
  7. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  8. News of the World
  9. Promising Young Woman
  10. The Prom
  11. The Mauritanian
  12. Judas and the Black Messiah
  13. Da 5 Bloods
  14. The Midnight Sky
  15. Soul
  16. The United States vs. Billie Holiday
  17. On the Rocks
  18. Tenet
  19. Sound of Metal
  20. Palm Springs
  21. Ammonite
  22. Pieces of a Woman
  23. First Cow
  24. Supernova
  25. Wonder Woman 1984
  26. Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  27. Cherry
  28. The Nest
  29. The Life Ahead
  30. The Invisible Man

Snubbed: The Devil All the Time, Onward, The Platform, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, The Gentlemen, Underwater, The Way Back, Eurovision, Extraction, Yes God Yes.


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