And the Oscar might go to: 25 sure bets and underdog movies premiering this sink

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Were three weeks away from the gifts season onslaught, when studios secrete their biggest hopes for Oscars gold from a Jackie O biopic to work adaptations

It might be hard to believe, but in only three weeks well be back in the thick of an all-new accolades season mere months after the #OscarsSoWhite debate kindled a shoot in Hollywood thats still smouldering.

First up is the Venice film festival, where a number of potential gives challengers are poised to make their introductions, including a Jackie Kennedy biopic starring Natalie Portman and a fiction featuring real-life duet Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander.

The Telluride and Toronto carnivals follow swiftly subsequentlies. While Telluride is famous for not divulging its lineup until the day before the occurrence knocks off, Toronto has already announced its lineup – and among other issues are predicting picks, like Oliver Stones sure-to-be-controversial Edward Snowden thriller, and Antoine Fuquas all-star Magnificent Seven remake.

Following that, Selma director Ava DuVernay is bound to shake up the documentary hasten with her explosive-sounding first non-fiction movie, The 13 th, about ethnic difference in America, that launches the New York film festival, where Oscar winners such as The Social Network and Life of Pi were firstly screened. All in all, theres batch of great stuff to watch over the next few months.

The front-runners

Billy Lynns Long Halftime Walk

Joe Alwyn as Billy Lynn in Billy Lynns Long Halftime Walk. Photograph: Mary Cybulski/ Sony

Among film-makers, Ang Lee is the Academys golden criterion. The two-time Oscar winner( for Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi) is back this descend with this adaptation of Ben Fountains volume. Its being statute as Lees most innovative assignment hitherto, thanks to his unprecedented decision to shoot the movie at 120 chassis per second, up from the normal 24. Early footage previewed in Las Vegas outlined rave reviews for Lees daring approach.

As for the subject matter, the book was called the Catch-2 2 of the Iraq crusade. Told in flashbacks, it recounts a 19 -year-old army privates know-how of the war as he and his crew embark on a victory tour. Newcomer Joe Alwyn honcho the shed, which includes Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel and Steve Martin.


With its liberate appointment given for an an awards-friendly November, Paramount is targeting its stakes on the most recent from Robert Zemeckis to deliver. That didnt task last year for his tightrope-walking drama The Walk, which failed to win over critics and voters, despite nabbing the prestigious opening night slit of the New York film festival. This movie, however, seems like a surer gamble by being a second world war romantic thriller starring two Academy favorites, Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt. Zemeckis hasnt undertook a campaign scenario since 1994 s Forrest Gump, which turned out pretty well for the film-maker.


Jackie oooh … Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy. Photo: PR Company Handout

Natalie Portman is poised for a major apportions season comeback, six years old after winning her first Oscar for Black Swan, with Jackie, which watches her gambling Jackie Kennedy. Adding to the must-see ingredient is its director, Parblo Larran, the acclaimed Chiean film-maker behind 2013 s Oscar-nominated No, whos acquiring his English-language debut with the drama. Footage screened to buyers at this years Cannes film festival is rumored to have wowed all those who checked it.

La La Land

Damien Chazelle travelled his last cinema, Whiplash, from the Sundance film festival all the way to Oscar glory. His anticipated third film is poised to rocket him back into awards season, by attempting to resurrect the big screen musical with some help from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The intrigue, about a jazz pianist( Gosling) who woos an aspiring performer( Stone) in sun-kissed Los Angeles, boasts a swoon-inducing first trailer that hints at something truly special. Including to the chatter is its opening night slot at the Venice film festival, which in previous years went to a number of Oscar-winners including Birdman and Gravity.

Nocturnal Animals

The last-place( and firstly) epoch clothes designer Tom Ford took a detour into film-making, he astounded his naysayers to give A Single Man, an emotionally rich and formally ravishing drama that gave an Oscar nomination for its make actor, Colin Firth. Hes now back, seven years later, with his anticipated second give, Nocturnal Animals, based on Austin Wrights acclaimed novel Tony and Susan, about an art gallery proprietor recurred by her ex-husbands novel. The shoot is among the best of its first year: is presided over by Jake Gyllenhaal, it also wizards Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Isla Fisher, Laura Linney and Armie Hammer.

The Founder

Michael Keaton persists his quest for that elusive Oscar in this biopic of McDonalds co-founder Ray Kroc. John Lee Hancock, who nabbed a surprise good word-painting nomination for The Blind side in 2009, directs.

A United Kingdom

In the wake of # OscarsSoWhite, the latest drama from Belle film-maker Amma Asante seems ideally poised to stake a mark this season. The fiction stars David Oyelowo as Seretse Khama, who in 1925 grew monarch of Bechuanaland( then a British protectorate , now the republic of Botswana) aged four, and Rosamund Pike as Ruth Williams, the Londoner who married him despite substantial polemic at the highest political levels, both in apartheid South Africa and in the UK.


The Academy isnt known for often honoring cinemas about aliens but if anyone can alter that veer, its Denis Villeneuve, whos overdue for a gong following Captives and Sicario. Helping his probabilities are Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, who both starring in this present-based thriller about a linguist expert( Adams) recruited by the military to determine whether immigrants that have already been property on Earth come in peacefulnes or are a threat. The cinema is said to be more cerebral than your median extraterrestrial blockbuster.

American Pastoral

Dakota Fanning in American Pastoral. Photo: PR

Ewan McGregor makes a bold leap into film-making with this adaptation of Philip Roths universally acclaimed 1997 novel about the decay life of an apparently successful family man. Based on early hum, he appears to have succeeded at Roths dense source material and the trailer harks back the suburban feeling that differentiated American Beauty, a good portrait winner.

20 th Century Women

20 th Century Women. Photo: The shoot of 20th Century Women/ A24

Annette Bening gazes to once again be in the running for her produce turn in the brand-new cinema from Beginners scribe/ administrator Mike Mills. The four-time nominee who has yet to win conducts a shoot including Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning. Bening plays a single father growing her teenage son in a sprawling bohemian mansion during the course of its 70 s. Mills has a acces with actors: Apprentices netted a supporting actor Oscar for Christopher Plummer in 2010.


While the latest film from Martin Scorsese is unlikely to reach the commercial heights attained by The Wolf of Wall street, the biggest pop of his occupation, its bound to win over the Academy. Scorseses epic adjustment of Shusaku Endos novel about two Jesuit Portuguese Catholic priests( Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) facing mistreatment on a trip to Japan to find a priest( Liam Neeson) who has lost his sect, ranks as the most challenging job of the film-makers storied profession. Hes been trying to complete his infatuation job for a rumored 23 times and its road to the screen has been shadowed by misfortune: a construction worker was killed after scaffolding collapsed on set.

The 13 th

Ava DuVernay shot to the top of the documentary hasten as soon as the New York film festival revealed her first documentary, The 13 th, as its opening night cinema, observing the first time a non-fiction cinema has been chosen to kick off the prestigious event. Former openers include The Social Network and Gone Girl. Her timely movie attacks racial difference in the US constituting it sure to draw attention.

The Mercy

After viewing his Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything go on to Oscar glory, James Marsh is back in familiar field with this true narrative about Donald Crowhurt, a businessman whose attempt to sail around the world by himself was concluded in tragedy. To help Marshs probabilities at landing back in the hasten, hes shed Oscar winners Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz.

The possible bets


Few films this year boast more cachet than Denzel Washingtons third outing behind the camera. Accommodated from August Wilsons Pulitzer-winning performance, Fences reunites Washington and Viola Davis together, after the pair won Tony gifts for their renditions in the Broadway production of the drama. While different sources material is certainly strong, it remains to be seen if Washington, whose last directorial endeavours( The Great Debaters and Antwone Fisher) were just decent, can deliver a cinema worthy of the play.


Oliver Stone, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley and Zachary Quinto promote Snowden at Comic-Con. Picture: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Laura Poitras won the best documentary Oscar this year for Citizenfour, her chart of Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who leaked categorized documents from the National Security Agency to newspapers including this one. Now, shes one of the real-life representations played by performers in Snowden, Oliver Stones drama based on the books The Snowden Files by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars, with Shailene Woodley as his lover, and Zachary Quinto and Tom Wilkinson as Guardian writers Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill. Stones past few movies were tepidly received; the source textile and subject matter should hopefully up his play here.

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