A few months ago I posted a list of 30 potential Best Picture Oscar contenders, plus a list of snubbed films that deserved consideration.  Since then, I’ve updated the list with reviews as I’ve seen the movies, including any personal favorites that hadn’t previously made the list.  As the Academy Awards draw closer, let’s take a look at an updated watchlist, a list that has taken into consideration those undervalued films that have risen up the ranks and those over-hyped movies that have taken a tumble.

This is the Variety ranking of top Academy Award contenders:

  1. Belfast
  2. The Power of the Dog
  3. Dune
  4. West Side Story
  5. Licorice Pizza
  6. CODA
  7. King Richard
  8. The Tragedy of Macbeth
  9. Tick, Tick …BOOM!
  10. No Time to Die
  11. Drive My Car
  12. Don’t Look Up
  13. The Lost Daughter
  14. Nightmare Alley
  15. Being the Ricardos
  16. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  17. Parallel Mothers
  18. C’mon, C’mon
  19. Flee
  20. The Harder They Fall
  21. A Hero
  22. Spencer
  23. House of Gucci
  24. Cyrano
  25. Red Rocket
  26. The French Dispatch
  27. The Tender Bar
  28. The Last Duel
  29. Encanto
  30. Passing

Snubbed: Val, Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time, Black Widow, Luca, Benedetta, The Green Knight, The Mitchells vs the Machines, Shang-Chi, The Guilty.

By ochippie

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