Published On: Mon, Sep 12th, 2016


With the festival season already spewing out an impressive line-up of films, performances and all round movie goodness it comes as no surprise that already we are already eagerly looking ahead to see just which of this selection may be picking up the top awards at next years Oscar ceremony. It’s still a few months away but there’s nothing wrong with pondering of which titles will soon be competing for some of the bigger categories such as Best Director, Actor, Actress and of course Best Picture.

As always it’s going to be another tough year with so many potential winners all vying for a nomination and deserved place in the Best Picture category. Typically the Academy nowadays selects an 8 or 9 film strong shortlist and there doesn’t look like there will be a shortage of would-be movies in contention for the title. Nate Parker’s slavery biopic ‘The Birth of A Nation’ has been enjoying some excellent feedback of late and with the Academy already under so much pressure to recognise diversity due to the controversial happenings at last years event it wouldn’t be too surprising to see this in the final standings.

photo/ Ivan Bandura via wikimedia

photo/ Ivan Bandura via wikimedia

Speaking of biopics and race relations another possible contender is likely to be that of Jeff Nichols’ ‘Loving’ which stars Joel Edgerton and ‘Preacher’ star Ruth Negga and then of course there’s American drama ‘Moonlight’, which is based on the Tarell Alvin McCraney play ‘In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’. Of course if the Academy are looking for more of warm-hearted affair to put in the top spot there’s always musical rom-com ‘La La Land’ or indeed the fun and very well directed ‘The Jungle Book’ feature adaptation from Jon Favreau.

So whilst the Academy mull over all potential Best Picture contenders and general all-round speculation with the likes of Europalace’s predictions all beginning to build, which stand-out individuals look most likely set to walk away with the golden statuette next February? Well aside from the aforementioned lead duo of Edgerton and Negga from ‘Loving’ there is always Casey Affleck for his role in Kenneth Lonergan’s drama ‘Manchester By the Sea’ which is already being tipped for big things during award season. Failing that of course how about a first time nomination for Brit star David Oyelowo in sports biopic ‘Queen of Katwe’ after being criminally overlooked for his role as Martin Luther King in 2014’s ‘Selma’. And what sort of ceremony would it be to not feature another nomination for veteran star Meryl Streep for playing New York socialite ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’.

Despite all this great acting talent of show could it be the year for popular star Tom Hanks to pick up his third Oscar for Best Actor thanks to his role as Captain Chelsey Sullenburger, the pilot famed for safely landing his plane on the river Hudson back in 2009. Clint Eastwood’s ‘Sully’ is the perfect vehicle for Hanks and with experience both behind and in front of the camera on show it’s bound to receive a nod or two.

Author: Vincent Dexter

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