ten oscars contenders to see this year

Is it too early to already be thinking about next year's Oscars? Not if you're crazy like me or if you have plans to try to see all of the Best Picture nominees. It can actually be quite a complex goal because, in order to do it, you have to predict what will be nominated before it actually is. Otherwise, you'd wait until the nominees are announced and likely have a hard time seeing them all at that point.

Through the years, I've gotten pretty good at predicting what will be nominated, so I thought I'd share early in the year in case you guys want to attempt seeing all or many of the nominees.

One quick disclaimer. You may notice that Black Panther is not on this list. I definitely think it will be nominated, but I decided not to include it on the list seeing as most people have already gone and seen it. 

Okay! Here are my current ten picks for Best Picture nominees:

Backseat
This is an autobiographical film about Vice President Dick Cheney's political rise. Considering it's from the director of Spotlight, I imagine this is going to a be a thoughtful, well-written political film.

Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Christian Bale, Sam Rockwell, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
Releases in: December

Beautiful Boy
The story of a meth-addicted teenaged boy through the eyes of his father, based on the twin memoirs by David and Nic Sheff. While I thought Timothée should have won Best Actor this year, this could very well be his film to win.

Director: Felix van Groeningen
Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Steve Carell
Releases in: October

Boy Erased
After being outed to his parents, the son of a Baptist pastor is sent to a conversion therapy program. Lucas Hedges is another young actor to look out for in the Best Actor category. One of my favorite directors Xavier Dolan also makes an appearance in this film, which will be interesting.

Director: Joel Edgerton
Starring: Lucas Hedges, Joel Edgerton, Nicole Kidman
Releases in: September

Eighth Grade
Bo Burnham's directorial debut follows a (very realistic) middle school girl during her last week before high school. This might be a long shot for Best Picture, but it's definitely a standout first film from Bo Burnham and I think he's definitely someone to watch beyond his already well-known comedy. As of right now, the film has a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Director: Bo Burnham
Starring: Elsie Fisher
Releases in: July

First Man
This film follows the story of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon with Neil Armstrong played by Ryan Gosling. We don't know much about it, but the fact that it's directed by Damien Chazelle means it's not going to be your typical astronaut melodrama. If you ask me, this is the number one frontrunner for Best Picture as of right now.

Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Corey Stoll
Releases in: October

If Beale Street Could Talk
This movie is based on James Baldwin's novel of the same title, a love story set in 1970s Harlem. A couple in love are faced with the fact that the man is falsely accused of a crime by a racist police officer.

Director: Barry Jenkins
Starring: Stephan James, Regina King
Releases in: TBD

Mary, Queen of Scots
A highly anticipated film telling the story of the relationship between Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I. It was written by Beau Willimon of House of Cards fame which I think will give a modern twist on a classic story. Also, Joe Alwyn is in this which is a major plus if you ask me.

Director: Josie Rourke
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, David Tennant
Releases in: November

On the Basis of Sex
This is a biological drama about arguably the most badass woman of our time, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. It tells the story of the gender inequality that she overcame to become a U.S Supreme Court Justice. 

Director: Mimi Leder
Starring: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, 
Releases in: TBD

The Favourite
This film from eccentric (is that the right word?) Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Killing of a Sacred Deer, Dogtooth, The Lobster) is an historical film about two cousins who are vying for respect in the court of Queen Anne. This is a pretty different story for Lanthimos and I think it could be his year to break into the Academy's favor. Again, this features Joe Alwyn so it's a yes from me.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult
Releases in: TBD

Widows
This is a thriller from Steve McQueen and author Gillian Flynn based on the 1980s TV show of the same title. The plot is that four armed men are killed in a robbery attempt, so their widows pick up the job where they left off. 

Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Kaluuya
Releases in: November