The 89th Academy Awards are still five months away and while we are about to see a good chunk of the movies that will get nominated be released in the upcoming couple of months (otherwise known as the Oscars season), there are many movies that have already been released that the Academy could have their eyes on right now. I've picked out a handful of films that I think will not only be nominated for one or two Oscars, but multiple Oscars across the board.
10 Cloverfield Lane
- Release Date: March 11th
- Director: Dan Trachtenberg
- Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr.
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%
10 Cloverfield Lane was a movie that gained a lot more attention than Paramount expected it to, and there's a good reason for it — it's an amazing film that will for sure get some attention from the Oscars. Like a lot of the entries on this list, it has a good chance of being nominated for Best Picture. Personally, I think it all depends on how many other mind-blowing films come out in these next couple of months because there are clearly some stunning-looking films on the radar.
Besides that, there are some categories that I think this fantasy-mystery hit could own at the Oscars this year. While it may be nominated for its writing and editing, 10 Cloverfield Lane could be nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Mary Elizabeth Winstead played a very believable and emotional part as a girl named Michelle who gets kidnapped by John Goodman's character, Howard, who many people such as myself thinks deserves the Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
- Release Date: March 4th
- Director: Bryon Howard
- Cast: Ginnifer Goodman, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 98%
If you want to talk about a film that could get loaded with attention from the Academy, look no further than Zootopia. This blockbuster hit is not just the best of the year but easily one of the best animated films of the century as it is not your average Disney film. This movie has a tremendous plot with many twists and turns that even throws adults and movie reviewers such as myself off. A story which may seem innocent and cute on the outside has a much deeper meaning as it dives into the flaws of our society and racism.
Even with films like Finding Dory and Kubo and the Two Strings released this year, those movies don't stand a chance at winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Considering this is a sloppier year in terms of quality for movies, this movie could even be nominated for Best Picture — which would be huge!
Also, Zootopia has a shot at being nominated for Best Original Screenplay as this movie was completely original. Considering the lack of originality in Hollywood these days, Zootopia should thrive at the Academy Awards.
Check out some of my other pieces highlighting the 2016 movie year:
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- What 2016 Movie Can Beat Captain America: Civil War At The Box Office?
Hell Or High Water
- Release Date: August 12th
- Director: David Mackenzie
- Cast: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 99%
This is a film that actually surprised me at how good it was. In fact, I included it in a recent article where I talked about the films that most surprised me this year. This film is an outstanding one that deserves a ton of attention from the Academy in many different categories. First of all, the film dons some superb writing with excellent character arcs. The main character Toby (Chris Pine) goes through one of the best character arcs we have seen in any film this year. Also, the movie has a very powerful plot that hooks the viewers in very quickly and throws a bunch of curveballs along the way.
There is a good chance that the movie could be nominated for Best Picture since it was a fantastic movie that was praised by the critics. Also, Pine's performance could most likely grab a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role and it is very likely for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category to nominate Jeff Bridges for his performance. Last but not least, I am very confident in stating this movie could win the Best Cinematography Oscar this year as Hell or High Water is one of the most beautiful-looking films that I've seen in a long time. All in all, this film should be getting a lot of Oscar buzz this year.
- Release Date: April 15th
- Director: John Carney
- Cast: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 97%
Sing Street is easily one of my favorite movies of the year next to Captain America: Civil War. This was an optimistic, feel-good movie that had a huge heart, and those are always the movies that connect with the viewer making the movie an instant favorite. This makes Sing Street a huge competitor for the Best Picture award this year at the Oscars. On top of that, Sing Street is a musical with many great and original songs. Therefore, it is very possible that this Irish film will be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
If you watch the music video from the film above, not only will you realize it deserves recognition for its original music but its makeup. The Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling went to Mad Max: Fury Road last year due to its originality and creativity. This year, Sing Street could definitely earn a nomination due to its vibrant makeup and even its costumes, which could also get the movie nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design. Overall, Sing Street pulled at the heart strings and in return, it could pull in a ton of recognition at this year's Academy Awards.
Captain America: Civil War
- Release Date: May 6th
- Director: Joe & Anthony Russo
- Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johanson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%
I know what your thinking right now: "You're an idiot, Antonio." In this day and age where even the best of superhero movies get no attention from the Academy Awards, I can't blame you. However, this may be the year for a comic book movie to be recognized by the Academy Awards. In a year with many blockbuster flops (many of which are comic book movies), Captain America: Civil War stands taller than ever. This Marvel Cinematic Universe film could represent that there are still well-made blockbusters, even in a year such as 2016. And out of any film to represent that, what better way to go than Captain America: Civil War — one of the best comic book movies of all time.
The reason why I think this superhero movie has a real chance at being nominated for an Oscar like Best Picture is not because of the plot, the writing, or the intense action sequences but for the performances. Clearly, everyone who had a part in this movie did an amazing job but its stars Chris Evans, Chadwick Boseman, and especially Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson had such emotion and played such believable and relatable characters for a comic book movie. Hopefully this will be the year the Oscars finally recognize some true talent in these superhero movies.
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