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The main contenders

 

DARKEST HOUR

Film Info

Directed By:
Joe Wright

Starring:
Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James

Must see because:
Darkest Hour is touted as the finest turn of Gary Oldman’s career. And that’s saying something. Find out why he's the favourite for the top awards!

You'll love it if you like:
If you enjoyed WWII dramas like Their Finest and Atonement, you’ll love this.

Fun fact:
Oldman initially turned down the role of Churchill due to “the physicality”.

Nominations / Wins

GOLDEN GLOBES 

  • Best Actor - Drama

BAFTA 

  • Best Film
  • Outstanding British Film
  • Best Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress

OSCARS 

  • Best Picture
  • Best Leading Actor
  • Best Make-Up
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Production  Design

The film in brief:

It’s 1940, and Britain is on the ropes, living under the threat of Nazi invasion and pounded by Luftwaffe bombing raids. Enter Winston Churchill: a jowly, balding, failed statesman who beats the odds to – spoiler alert – turn the tide of World War II. Respect to the solid-gold supporting cast, but it’s an unrecognisable Gary Oldman in the title role who drives Darkest Hour, his note-perfect splutter and oratory fireworks make history live again. He’s going to need a bigger mantelpiece.

 

 

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Directed By:

Martin McDonagh

Starring:

Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

Must see because:

McDonagh’s dazzling script gives the film’s trio of stars an opportunity to excel – and they don’t disappoint! Read our interview with the director and cast!

You'll love it if you like:

With its darkly comic undertones, Three Billboards is comparable to McDonagh’s equally black-humoured (and brilliant) In Bruges.

Fun Fact:

McDonagh wrote the screenplay with Frances McDormand in mind.

  • Nominations / Wins

GOLDEN GLOBES

  • Best Picture - Drama
  • Best Director
  • Best Actress - Drama
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Screenplay

BAFTA 

  • Best Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actors
  • Original Screenplay 

OSCARS

  • Best Picture
  • Best Leading Actress
  • Best Supporting Actors
  • Original Screenplay
  • Best Editing 

The film in brief:

Fargo actress Frances McDormand is Mildred Hayes, a single, grieving, small-town mother whose daughter was raped and murdered nearly a year before. With the case still heartbreakingly unsolved, Mildred takes her anger out on the local police department, headed by Woody Harrelson’s kindly Chief Willoughy and his racist lieutenant Officer Dixon (Rockwell). Bleak yet funny, violent yet compassionate, this is a film that defies easy classification and yet still succeeds on every level.

 

THE POST

Directed By:

Steven Spielberg

Starring:

Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bradley Whitford

Must see because:

It’s Streep and Hanks in their first movie together, with Spielberg directing. What else is there to add? Find out more about these three movie legends!

You'll love it if you like:

Weighty and heartfelt, The Post packs a similar punch to Spotlight (the 2016 Oscar winner for Best Picture).

Fun Fact:

This is Spielberg and Hanks’ fifth collaboration.

Nominations / Wins

GOLDEN GLOBES

  • Best Picture - Drama
  • Best Director
  • Best Actress - Drama
  • Best Actor - Drama

BAFTA

OSCARS 

  • Best Picture
  • Best Leading Actress

The film in brief:

Directed by an Oscar winner, written by an Oscar winner and starring two Oscar winners, The Post is a riveting true story set in the early 1970s, in which America’s first female newspaper publisher, Kay Graham (Meryl Streep), and ambitious editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), take on the might of President Richard Nixon and his administration, who are unjustly attempting to suppress the First Amendment.

 

COCO

Film Info

Directed By:
Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina

Starring:

Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal

Must see because:
Disney/Pixar are simply the best at what they do and Coco sees the studio hitting all the right notes once again...Find out the reasons why everyone is in love with Coco!

You'll love it if you like:
As heartfelt as Up and as thought-provoking as WALL-E.

Fun fact:
Coco is Mexico’s highest grossing film ever.

Nominations / Wins

GOLDEN GLOBES

  • Best Animated Feature Film
  • Best Original Song

BAFTA

  • Best Animated Film

OSCARS 

  • Best Animated Picture
  • Best Original Song

The film in brief:

Set during Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival, in which the living honour the dearly departed, this superb animation from Disney/Pixar sees a young musician named Miguel accidentally journeying to the afterworld. Alive with colour and teeming with great songs, this is a surprisingly affecting film that expertly strums the heartstrings. The Best Animation Oscar seems a certainty.

 

THE SHAPE OF WATER

Film Info

Directed By:
Guillermo del Toro

Starring:
Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins

Must see because:
Nobody conjures strange, immersive worlds quite like Guillermo Del Toro. And here you can see why the film will astonish you! 

You'll love it if you like:
The ‘noble-but-misunderstood-anti-hero’ vibe evokes The Green Mile.

Fun fact:
The plot was inspired by Del Toro’s childhood memories of Creature From The Black Lagoon.

Nominations / Wins

GOLDEN GLOBES

  • Best Picture - Drama
  • Best Director
  • Best Actress - Drama
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Original Score

BAFTA 

  • Best Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Original Screenplay
  • Special Visual Effects

OSCARS 

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Leading Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Original Screenplay
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editing
  • Best Costume Design

The film in brief:

Rewind to a shadowy 1960s research centre, where Sally Hawkins’ mute janitor falls for the US military’s darkest secret: a merman with a taste for big-band jazz and boiled eggs. The Shape Of Water won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, but you could throw endless statuettes at the cast and crew, from Guillermo del Toro’s nuanced screenplay to a reliably vein-bulging turn from Michael Shannon as the abusive Colonel Strickland.

 

 

I, TONYA

Film Info

Directed By:
Craig Gillespie

Starring:
Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Shaw

Must see because:
This satirical drama is not the retelling anyone expected and Margot Robbie’s transformation into the most notorious character in figure skating is utterly captivating. Find out why this is 2018's most controversial biopic! 

You'll love it if you like:
The wry tennis mockumentary 7 Days In Hell.

Fun fact:
Margo Robbie trained solidly for five months on the ice prior to filming.

Nominations / Wins

GOLDEN GLOBES

  • Best Picture - Comedy
  • Best Actress - Comedy
  • Best Supporting Actress

BAFTA

  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actress

OSCARS 

  • Best Leading Actress
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Editing

The film in brief:

The true story of one of sports’ biggest scandals paints the infamous American figure skater as an unlikely anti-hero, as it follows the life of Tonya Harding from abusive childhood to that moment in 1994 that will forever define her career. A dark, funny and cathartic film with exceptional turns from Robbie as Harding and Janney as her mother-from-Hell.

 

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Film Info

Directed By:
Luca Guadagnino

Starring:

Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlberg

Must see because:

The combination of spectacular cinematography and breathtakingly tender storytelling makes this a romance guaranteed to see you swoon.

You'll love it if you like:

Abdellatif Kechiche’s raw and impactful same-sex drama Blue Is The Warmest Colour.

Fun fact:
Chalamet became the youngest ever winner of the NYFCC’s Best Actor prize for his role as Elio.

Nominations / Wins

GOLDEN GLOBES

  • Best Picture - Drama
  • Best Actor - Drama
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Screenplay

BAFTA 

  • Best Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Uprising Star
  • Adapted Screenplay

OSCARS

  • Best Picture
  • Best Leading Actor
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Original Song

The film in brief:

This intimate coming-of-age tale, set against the sensual backdrop of the sprawling Tuscan countryside, sees precocious 17-year-old Elio (Chalamet) falling for his father’s American research assistant, Oliver (an Adonis-like Hammer), during a summer of culture, exploration and sexual awakening that alters both of their lives forever.

 

LADY BIRD

Film Info

Directed By:
Greta Gerwig

Starring:

Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Laurie Metcalf

Must see because:

Indie darling Greta Gerwig returns to her hometown of Sacramento for her most authentic and heartwarming film yet.

You'll love it if you like:

Lady Bird’s matter-of-fact charm is reminiscent of the 80s great classic Breakfast Club.

Fun fact:
Nearly all of the songs in the audition scene were written by award-winning lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who also wrote the school musical the teens perform.

Nominations / Wins

GOLDEN GLOBES

  • Best Picture - Comedy
  • Best Actress - Comedy
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Supporting Actress

BAFTA

  • Best Actress
  • Original Screenplay

OSCARS 

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Leading Actress
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Original Screenplay

The film in  brief:

A warm and bittersweet portrait of adolescence, told through the relationship between headstrong teen Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson (a sensational Saoirse Ronan) and her equally strong-minded mother (Laurie Metcalf – simply brilliant). Fumbling awkwardly through her beliefs, friendships, emotions and dreams, Lady Bird is on a mission to find herself and the woman she will one day become.

 

THE FLORIDA PROJECT

Film Info

Directed By:
Sean Baker

Starring:

Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite

Must see because:

Indie darling Greta Gerwig returns to her hometown of Sacramento for her most authentic and heartwarming film yet.

You'll love it if you like:

Richard Linklater’s decade-spanning, coming-of-ager Boyhood.

Fun fact:

Director Baker found Bria Vinaite, who plays Moonie’s unemployed mum, Halley, on Instagram.

Nominations / Wins

GOLDEN GLOBES

  • Best Supporting Actor

BAFTA 

  • Best Suporting Actor

OSCARS

  • Best Supporting Actor

The film in brief:

Fuelled by wonderful performances from Dafoe, Prince and Vinaite, this bittersweet comedy-drama is set over one sweltering Floridian summer. While the adults living in a budget motel outside Orlando struggle with life’s many hardships, their kids – led by opinionated six-year-old Moonee (Prince) – run wild and free.

 

PHANTOM THREAD

Film Info

Directed By:
Paul Thomas Anderson

Starring:

Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville

Must see because:

It’s Day-Lewis’ final film. The London-born theatrical recently announced his acting retirement.

You'll love it if you like:

Dedicated follower of fashion? Then don’t miss Robert Altman’s biting Prêt-à-Porter.

Fun fact:

Day-Lewis speaks with an English accent (his own) in this film.

Nominations / Wins

GOLDEN GLOBES

  • Best Actor - Drama

BAFTA 

  • Best Actor
  • Costume Design

OSCARS

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Leading Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Original Score

The film in brief:

Daniel Day-Lewis is simply sensational in this twisted romantic drama. The three-time Oscar winner plays Reynolds Woodcock, a renowned 1950s dressmaker who styles the rich and powerful. A fool when it comes to love, Woodcock does his best to avoid relationships, but then he falls for headstrong free spirit, Alma (a superb Vicky Krieps). If Day-Lewis wins a fourth acting Oscar for Phantom Thread he will become only the second person to do so (after the legendary Katharine Hepburn). Don’t bet against him, he’s wonderful in this

 

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

Film Info

Directed By:
Michael Gracey

Starring:

Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron

Must see because:

A musical is only as good as its songs, and The Greatest Showman’s tunes are all absolute belters.

You'll love it if you like:

Les Misérables – another musical tour-de-force with Jackman at its centre.

Fun fact:

This is commercial director Michael Gracey’s first feature film.

Nominations/ Wins

GOLDEN GLOBES

  • Best Picture - Comedy
  • Best Actor - Comedy
  • Best Original Song

BAFTA 

OSCARS 

  • Best Original Song

The film in brief:

Look out because here they come! This all-singing, all-dancing musical drama sees the Tony Award-winning Hugh Jackman playing P.T. Barnum, the real-life entrepreneur credited with inventing show business. After being made redundant from his uninspiring job, Barnum has an idea: he’s going to create the most spectacular show the world has even seen – but he’s going to need some unusual friends to do it. With the all-star cast completely in tune and nine original songs from La La Land’s Oscar-winning lyricists, this is a film with heart and soul

 

THE DISASTER ARTIST

Film Info

Directed By:
James Franco

Starring:

James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor

Must see because:

With a cast including Sharon Stone, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, you’ve got be curious.

You'll love it if you like:

The ‘film-within-a-film’ concept puts it in the same ballpark as A Cock & Bull Story.

Fun fact:

Stick around for the post-credits, where the real Tommy Wiseau appears in a bonus scene.

Nominations / Wins

GOLDEN GLOBES

  • Best Picture - Comedy
  • Best Actor - Comedy

BAFTA 

OSCARS 

  • Best Adapted Screenplay

The film in brief:

Back in 2003, Tommy Wiseau’s infamous turkey, The Room, took the mother of all critical kickings. Fourteen years later, The Disaster Artist revives the cautionary tale of that celluloid stinker, with actor-director James Franco playing the hapless Wiseau as he labours over The Room’s production. It’s predicted that the movie’s Golden Shell award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival will be the first of many

 

MOLLY’S GAME

Film Info

Directed By:
Aaron Sorkin

Starring:

Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner

Must see because:

Aaron Sorkin’s highly anticipated directorial debut is full of the razor-sharp dialogue and intricately painted detail we’ve come to expect from the creator of The West Wing.

You'll love it if you like:

The poker-fuelled, Matt Damon crime drama, Rounders.

Fun fact:

Aaron Sorkin makes a cameo as one of the underground poker players.

Nominations / Wins

GOLDEN GLOBES

  • Best Actress - Drama
  • Best Screenplay

BAFTA

  • Adapted Screenplay

OSCARS

  • Best Adapted Screenplay

The film in brief:

The little-known true story of Olympic-class skier Molly Bloom, who flew under police radar for a decade running the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game, which pulled in top businessmen, Hollywood royalty, sports stars and even the Russian Mafia. After she was arrested, only her defence lawyer believed she was still a good bet.

 

ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.

Film Info

Directed By:
Dan Gilroy

Starring:

Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo

Must see because:

Dan Gilroy’s follow-up to 2014’s surprise hit Nightcrawler should be the film that earns Washington his ninth Oscar nod..

You'll love it if you like:

Michael Clayton – another movie in which the truth gets ‘adjusted’.

Fun fact:

The gap between Washington’s teeth in the film is real. He usually wears a dental cap, but had it removed for filming.

Nominations / Wins

GOLDEN GLOBES

  • Best Actor - Drama

BAFTA 

OSCARS

  • Best Leading Actor

The film in brief:

Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington stars as idealistic defence attorney Roman J. Israel, Esq., a respected civil rights activist in his heyday, but now not much more than an argumentative oddball in court. His moral compass is sent spinning out of control when he becomes privy to information that could earn him a hefty reward, but at the cost of the beliefs that have made him who he is.

 

BLADE RUNNER 2049

Film Info

Directed By:
Denis Villeneuve

Starring:

Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas

Must see because:

Blade Runner 2049 is a vital puzzle-piece for anyone who was – and remains – captivated by Ridley Scott’s 1982 original.

You'll love it if you like:

The pelting rain and neo-noir landscape has shades of Tim Burton’s original Batman.

Fun fact:

Method actor Jared Leto wore special contact lenses on-set that made him partially blind.

Nominations / Wins

GOLDEN GLOBES

BAFTA 

  • Best Director
  • Special Visual Effects
  • Original Music

OSCARS 

  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Sound

The film in brief:

With Blade Runner 2049, director Denis Villeneuve creates a steel-and-neon LA peopled by hoodlums, holograms and Ryan Gosling’s replicant-hunter. Visually stunning and moving at its own stately pace, this is a film with heart, brain and the year’s most grizzled guest-spot from Harrison Ford. Expect a riot if it’s not in the envelopes come Oscar night.

 

DUNKIRK

Film Info

Directed By:
Christopher Nolan

Starring:

Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance

Must see because:

The hell of war has never been captured with such terrible, visceral accuracy.

You'll love it if you like:

Imagine Saving Private Ryan with all the dials turned up full.

Fun fact:

Nolan wasn’t “aware of how famous Harry Styles was” when he cast the 1D singer.

Nominations / Wins

GOLDEN GLOBES

  • Best Picture - Drama
  • Best Director

BAFTA 

  • Best Film
  • Best Director
  • Special Visual Effects
  • Sound
  • Original Music

OSCARS 

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Editing
  • Best Cinematography
  • Bet Production Design

The film in brief:

In May 1940, history’s most iconic rescue mission saw 338,000 Allied soldiers evacuated from the beaches of France. Not many directors could bite off the challenge of recreating ‘Operation Dynamo’ – much less deliver a sensory assault that said it all with virtually no dialogue. For pulling off Dunkirk, the silverware should rain down on Christopher Nolan like sweetmeats.

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