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. Belfast
  2. King Richard
  3. The Power of the Dog
  4. Dune
  5. Being the Ricardos
  6. Tick, Tick … Boom!
  7. Licorice Pizza
  8. The Tragedy of Macbeth
  9. Don’t Look Up
  10. West Side Story
  11. The Lost Daughter
  12. Nightmare Alley
  13. CODA
  14. C’mon, C’mon
  15. A Hero
  16. Parallel Mothers
  17. The Harder They Fall
  18. House of Gucci
  19. Spencer
  20. The Last Duel
  21. Passing
  22. Flee
  23. The Tender Bar
  24. Cyrano
  25. Swan Song
  26. The French Dispatch
  27. Red Rocket
  28. Stillwater
  29. Mothering Sunday
  30. The Hand of God


Snubbed: Val, Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time, Black Widow, Luca, No Time to Die, Benedetta, The Green Knight, Shang-Chi, The Guilty.