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The Oscars may have only just aired, but it's going to take us at least 365 days to stop reeling. Not since Kanye West decided to 'let' Taylor finish her speech back in 2009 have we seen such an awkward mishap in an awards ceremony.

While it's obvious that Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway will never be allowed to present an Academy Award again, what's not so obvious is who will be in the running for an Oscar in 2018.

Fortunately, Movie Pilot is on hand to predict exactly which films will win big when the 90th Academy Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Join us then as we break down each of the big contenders for next year's coveted golden statues. Remember, while we can't guarantee that any of these movies will win for certain, what we can guarantee is that the Academy will think twice before they let Bonnie & Clyde loose at the ceremony again.


Director: Christopher Nolan

Release Date: 07/21/17

Christopher Nolan's upcoming war epic has already been hailed as an early favorite by critics eager to see the historic WWII battle take place on the big screen. Expect to sweep some of the major prizes, including some potential acting nods for , or Mark Rylance too.


Joy [Credit: Fox]
Joy [Credit: Fox]

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Release Date: 10/13/17

Director Darren Aronofsky has an impressive track record at the Oscars, winning big with the likes of Black Swan and The Wrestler, so this new star vehicle could certainly put her back in the running for Best Actress. mother!'s story of a couple struggling with uninvited guests in their home also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Javier Bardem, Domhnall Gleeson and Ed Harris, each of whom could also receive some awards buzz later down the line.


Downsizing [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
Downsizing [Credit: Paramount Pictures]

Director: Alexander Payne

Release Date: 12/22/17

Alexander Payne's latest social satire follows a man who realises that life would be better if he could shrink himself down. The unusual story stars an impressive cast, including the likes of , Kristen Wiig and Alec Baldwin, each of whom could help propel The Descendants director back to awards success.

'Call Me By Your Name'

Director: Luca Guadagnino

Release Date: 22/01/17 (Sundance Film Festival)

Critics who saw Call Me By Your Name at Sundance and are already naming it one of the most powerful love stories of the year, even though the romance revolves somewhat controversially around a seventeen year-old boy and his summertime infatuation with an older man. 2018 could be the year that finally hits the big leagues and deservedly so.

'Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project' (2017)

There Will Be Blood [Credit; Miramax Films]
There Will Be Blood [Credit; Miramax Films]

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Release Date: 2017

All we know so far is that Paul Thomas Anderson's next film hones in on the life of a British dressmaker working in 1950s London, but the director has already been nominated for six Academy Awards so far. As if that wasn't impressive enough, the involvement of Daniel Day-Lewis confirms that some serious awards buzz will certainly surround this film upon its release.

'The Greatest Showman'

The Prestige [Credit: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution]
The Prestige [Credit: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution]

Director: Michael Gracey

Release Date: 12/25/17

Set for release on Christmas Day, this biopic of P.T. Barnum and his circus could finally nab an Oscar for the lead role. The last time Jackman came this close was for his part in the movie adaptation of Les Miserables and the Oscars often likes to reward those who were nominated before.


The Descendants [Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures]
The Descendants [Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures]

Director: George Clooney

Release Date: 2017

Boasting one of the most impressive casts this year, George Clooney's latest directorial effort stars Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac and Julianne Moore in a '50s crime mystery that explores the aftermath of a deadly home invasion. As the only person to ever be nominated in six separate categories, George Clooney has a strong relationship with the Academy that could elevate Suburbicon to Oscar success.

'Battle of the Sexes'

Battle of the Sexes [Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures]
Battle of the Sexes [Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures]

Director: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

Release Date: (2017)

Inspiring stories based on sporting achievements are the kind of films that the Oscars dream about in their sleep. We wouldn't be surprised then if the real-life dramatisation of Billie Jean King's championship tennis match with ex-champ Bobby Riggs didn't make an impact next year. When you consider that the film also stars reigning Best Actress winner in a lead role, Battle of the Sexes seems to be a shoo-in for success.

'The Book of Henry'

The Book of Henry [Credit: Focus Features]
The Book of Henry [Credit: Focus Features]

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Release Date: 07/16/17

Colin Trevorrow may be busy somewhere working on Star Wars Episode IX, but before his life was swallowed up completely by a galaxy far, far away, the director helmed this story of a single mother who raises a child genius, played by Jacob Tremblay. Supported by the likes of Lee Pace and Naomi Watts, Tremblay could be a surprising contender next year following the success of the young actor's breakout role in Room.

'Darkest Hour'

Darkest Hour [Credit: Working Title Films]
Darkest Hour [Credit: Working Title Films]

Director: Joe Wright

Release Date: 11/24/17

The legendary actor John Hurt may have lost out on an Oscar twice, once for Midnight Express in 1979 and again for The Elephant Man in 1981, but there's a strong chance that he could receive a posthumous nomination for his work in Joe Wright's Winston Churchill biopic. Darkest Hour could also gain some awards traction for Gary Oldman in the lead role and for its director, Joe Wright, who previously worked on Atonement and Anna Karenina.

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Star Wars: The Last Jedi [Credit: Disney]
Star Wars: The Last Jedi [Credit: Disney]

Director: Rian Johnson

Release Date: 12/15/17

Arrival's snub at the Oscars this year proved that sci-fi rarely stands a chance when it comes to the big awards, but the next chapter in the franchise certainly has a new hope at winning big in the technical stakes for its visual effects.

'The Beguiled'

Director: Sofia Coppola

Release Date: 06/30/17

Sofia Coppola hasn't made much of an impact awards-wise since Lost In Translation was released in 2004, but that could all change thanks to her next film, The Beguiled, which sees an all-star cast including Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst act eerie as f**k around a wounded soldier during the Civil War.

'Untitled Detroit Project'

The Hurt Locker [Credit: Summit Entertainment]
The Hurt Locker [Credit: Summit Entertainment]

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Release Date: 08/04/17

Based around a police raid in 1967 Detroit, Kathryn Bigelow's untitled project could be a huge contender, especially judging from her previous work on The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. As the first and only woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director, Bigelow and stars such as John Krasinski, Kaitlyn Dever and Hannah Murray could all be key players in next year's Oscars.

'Beauty and the Beast'

Director: Bill Condon

Release Date: 03/17/17

shares a unique history with the Academy. Not only did the classic win two Oscars for Best Score and Best Song, Belle's story was also the first animated movie to receive a nomination for Best Movie. While it's unlikely that the live-action remake will be regarded as prestigiously, we wouldn't be surprised if Beauty & The Beast was acknowledged for its new songs or score.

'Song To Song'

Director: Terrence Malick

Release Date: 03/17/17

Malick may divide audiences with his methodical approach to filmmaking, but any film that stars falling in love to the backdrop of music is likely to ring some alarms following the success of . Co-stars Natalie Portman and Rooney Mara also increase this unique love story's chances of gaining some awards buzz, but there's a chance that Song To Song may only be regarded for its music, rather than for its acting or filmmaking.

'Blade Runner 2049'

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Release Date: 10/06/17

Sci-fi is usually relegated to the technical awards section of the Oscars, but after director Denis Villeneuve and his film received some surprise nominations, the highly anticipated sequel to could fare better than expected, especially with the involvement of Oscars favorite Ryan Gosling.

'The Lost City of Z'

Director: James Gray

Release Date: 04/21/17

The real life story of '20s British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett and his search for a mysterious city in the Amazon could be a dark horse at the Oscars next year, sneaking the likes of Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller in with a chance for glory.

'The Glass Castle'

The Glass Castle [Credit: Netter Productions]
The Glass Castle [Credit: Netter Productions]

Director: Destin Cretton

Release Date: 2017

The Glass Castle reunites filmmaker Dustin Cretton with after their stellar work together on Short Term 12. Since that film put both of their names on the map, Larson won an Oscar for her role in Room. It wouldn't be surprising then if the two could easily replicate that magic with this coming of age story that features an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father striving to distract their children from the family's poverty.

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Some films that we expect to succeed could turn out to be turkeys upon release and there's always those dark horses who race to the front at the last minute. With that in mind, remember to keep checking back as we update this list of Oscars hopefuls in the build up to 2018's ceremony and start placing your bets now.

Which films do you think will fare well at the Oscars in 2018? Did we miss any big contenders out? Let us know in the comments section below!

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