An Early Look at Next Year’s Oscars.

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The 89th Academy Awards Ceremony was held last Sunday at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. The most prestigious award ‘Best Picture’ is won by ‘Moonlight’ which also took Best Actor in Supporting Role for ‘Mahershala Ali’, and Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘Barry Jenkins’ and ‘Tarell Alvin McRaney’. Meanwhile ‘La La Land’ won 6 oscars including Best Director ‘Damien Chazelle’, and Best Actress ‘Emma Stone’.

The Oscars’ Night had many memorable moments for the winners, but also for the audience, especially the Best Picture Shocker and the big mistake made in “In Memoriam” montage which pays tribute to filmmakers who have died last year:

Read more:

2017 Oscars Shocker Explained

Another Big Mistake at the 2017 Oscars.

Just few days after the ceremony, The Guardian already made a list for the possible nominees for next year’s Oscars. The list is about the most promising Films already known to be released this year at the Oscars season, besides the independent films that remains less known until the Oscars Season.

Read about the best Independent Films in 2016:

Independent Spirit Awards 2017: The Complete List of Winners.

2017 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Let’s take a look at the 2018 Oscars “Frontrunners”, according to The Guardian:

Best Director:

  • Christopher Nolan: ‘Dunkirk’

The British director is considered one of the best directors in his generation, with many well received movies by Critics and audience as well (Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Interstellar). But he was never been nominated for Best Director (3 Nominations: Best Picture and Best Screenplay for Inception in 2011, and Best Screenplay for Memento in 2002). Although this year’s Dunkirk is one of the most anticipated movies in 2017, with Tom Hardy in a leading role, and the big surprise in the cast: Harry Styles.

In a new experience for Christopher Nolan, in directing a War Movie (as Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg did before him), we could finally see him among the nominees in Best Director category.

Dunkirk is set to be released in theaters next July, and there is a chance we could get the critics first impressions next May if the movie makes the Cannes Festival lineup.

Read about the movies considered to make the list for the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes 2017: Possible films to make the Festival lineup.

  • Kathryn Bigelow: 

The first woman to win a Best Director Award (for The Hurt Locker in 2010) is considered among the directors we should keep an eye on. The two Oscar winner for Best Picture and Best Director is back after being snubbed in 2013 Academy Awards for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’. This year she could get a second nomination for her film, which remains untitled up to now, that focus on the 1967 police raid in Detroit.

The cast includes John Krasinski (The Office), John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Jason Mitchel (Straight Outta Comptton) and Will Poulter (The revenant).

The film is set to be released next August.

  • Paul Thomas Anderson:

Alongside Christopher Nolan, Paul Thomas Anderson is also considered one of the best directors in this generation. He also had never won an Academy Award for Best Director (Only one nomination for ‘There Will be Blood’ in 2008), but he got 6 nominations for 4 films including Best Screenplay four times, and Best Picture once.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s next project remains untitled, but we are already looking forward to watch it on the big screen, especially with Daniel Day-Lewis in the leading role as a dressmaker working for High Society and the Royal Family in 1950s in London.

The film is set to be released this year.

Best Actress:

  • Jennifer Lawrence: ‘Mother!’

At a young age, Jennifer Lawrence already won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for playing Tiffany in David O’Russell’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. She also got three nominations for her roles in ‘Winter’s Bone’, ‘American Hustle’, and ‘Joy’. This year she’s starring in Darren Aronofsky new film ‘Mother!’ alongside Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Domhnall Gleeson. The movies focuses on a quiet couple’s life that get disturbed by uninvited guests.

The film is set to be released next October.

  • Rooney Mara: ‘Mary Magdalene’

At the age of 31, Rooney Mara got two Academy Awards nominations, for Best Actress in a leading Role in 2012, for her role in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, and for Best Actress in a supporting role in 2016 for her role in ‘Carol’.

She also starred in many Oscar nominated films (Lion, The Social Network, Her) and this year she is reunited with the director of ‘Lion’ to star in his latest film ‘Mary Magdalene’, alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Joaquin Phoenix.

The film is set to be released this year.

  • Judi Dench: ‘Victoria and Abdul’

The Academy Award Winner for Best Actress in Supporting Role (Shakespeare in Love 1999), and with six other Oscar nominations, may get another one next year for playing Queen Victoria in the upcoming movie titled ‘Victoria and Abdul’.

The film focuses on the story of Queen Victoria and her friendship with an Indian clerk named ‘Abdul’.

The film is set to be released next September.

Best Actor: 

  • Idris Elba: ‘The Mountain Between US’

After being snubbed for his role in ‘Beasts of no Nation’ in 2016 Oscars (He got a BAFTA and a Golden Globe nomination though), Idris Elba may get his first Oscar nomination next year. This year he’s starring in ‘The Mountain Between Us’ alongside Kate Winslet, as survivors of a plane crash in the mountains  and forced to trust each other and find safety.

The film is set to be released   next October.

  • Matt Damon: ‘Suburbicon’ & ‘Downsizing’

Matt Damon was nominated this year for Producing ‘Manchester by the Sea’, but the Best Picture Award went to ‘Moonlight’, and he was nominated three times before for Acting Awards (Good Will Hunting, Invictus, The Martian), and won once for Best Screenplay alongside Ben Affleck for ‘Good Will Hunting’.

Next year he may be back to the Academy nominations for two films:

  1. ‘Suburbicon’ directed by George Clooney, and written by the Coen Brothers and George Clooney as well, the movie is set to be released this year.
  2. ‘Downsizing’ directed by Alexander Payne, and set to be released next December.
  • Chadwick Boseman: ‘Marshall’

Chadwick Boseman starred in many well reviewed movies in the past years, such as ‘42’ and ‘Get on Up’. But he never had the chance to get an Academy Award nomination. This year he’s playing the role of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice in the movie ‘Marshall’ alongside Sterling K. Brown.

The film is set to be released next October.