ByPatrick Cole, writer at

In Hollywood, awards season runs quietly all year-round and gets stronger between the first of September and the night of the Oscars. Most of the action is taking place inside the studios where they’re attempting to position themselves. They’re looking to gain recognition during the awards season. If a studio is really serious about winning an Oscar, they’ll wait until at least October to release their movie. Then it will still be on the minds of people during the season.

So what movies might we be talking about for the 2017 Oscars? Going by the rare breed of the talent and the relevance of the matter, here are 10 upcoming releases that should do quite well at the Oscars in 2017.

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1. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Director Ang Lee – adapted the award winning novel by Ben Fountain

Actors – Joe Alwyn (newcomer), Kristin Stewart, Steve Martin, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, and Vin Diesel.

This is a story of a youthful serviceman who becomes disillusioned about being acclaimed as a hero upon his returning from Iraq. Release date: November 11, 2016

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2. Bleed for This

Written Produced, and Directed - Ben Younger (Boiler Room)

Actors – Miles Teller, Amanda Clayton, Katey Sagal, and Aaron Eckhart

In this movie, Miles Teller stars as Vinny Pazienza, who is a champion boxer. After breaking his neck, in a near-deadly car accident, he makes an unbelievable comeback.

It will be released in the fall of 2016.

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3. Julieta

Written and Directed - Pedro Almodóva

Based on the book Runaway - by Alice Munro in 2004

Actors - Emma Suarez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Michelle Jenner, and Inma Cuestra

Actresses play the younger and older version of a woman who is driven mad by events that have taken place in her life.

This will be premiered at Cannes and distributed via Sony Picture Classis later this year.

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4. Lion

Director – Garth Davis

Based on a true story – Saroo Brierley’s “A Long Way Home”

Actors - Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara

A young Indian boy in Australia mistakenly gets on the wrong train taking him thousands of miles from his family and home where he’s adopted by an Australian couple The story takes him through more than 20 years until his gets back home.

The release date is November 25, 2015.

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5. Manchester by the Sea

Written and Directed - Kenneth Lonergran

Actors - Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler, and Michelle Williams

This film was shown at Sundance and is about a man who is duty bound to return to his hometown and care for his brother’s teenage son. His past is re-opened and he has to deal with that and his 16 year old nephew.

Their release date is the fall of 2016.

6. Moonlight

Director – Barry Jenkins

Actors – Andre Holland, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali

The film takes place in Miami during the era of the war on drugs. The central character deals with his home life which is deteriorating and his new found sexuality.

The filmed is to be released in the fall of this year.

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7. Nocturnal Animals

Director – Tom Ford

Actors - Amy Adams, Isla Fisher, Kim Basinger, and Jake Gyllenhaal

A woman’s ex-husband asks her to read his first book, and she gets drawn into the story. It is a thriller that envelopes her in the darkness of her fears.

The film was shown at Cannes, and the release date is to be announced.

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8. Silence

Director – Martin Scorsese

Actors – Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, and Andrew Garfield

This movie involves two Catholic priests traveling from Portugal to Japan seeking their mentor Fr. Cristóvão Ferreira. Fr. Rodrigues and Fr. Francisco Garrpe arrive in Japan in 1638. The story relates the hardship suffered by the priests as they learn about the conditions of Ferreira’s apostasy.

It’s to be released in the latter part of 2016.

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9. The Birth of a Nation

Written, Produced and Directed – Nate Parker

Actors – Nate Parker plays the starring role of Nat Turner with Gabrielle Union, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, and Penelope Ann Miller

This was shown at Sundance, and the rights were sold for the highest price ever at %17.5 million to Fox Searchlight Pictures.

The story is in Savannah, Georgia and is about an African-American slave, Nat Turner, who was the leader of a slave rebellion in 1831.

The release will be on October 7, 2016.

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10. War Machine

Written and Directed – David Michod from Australia

Actors – Brad Pitt, Ben Kingsley, John Magaro, Emory Cohen, Scoot McNairy, Keith Stanfield, Topher Grace, and Will Poulter

Brad Pitt plays a rock star military general and is loosely based on an Army veteran, Stanley Chrystal, who led the US in the Afghanistan war effort.

The movie will be released at a later date which is unknown at this time.

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