Welcome to our 2018 fall movie preview. We’ll be coming at you all week with the movies you need to know over the next few months – including the emotional, the offbeat, the family-friendly, and, today, the awards-worthy.
We can’t really talk about fall movie season without talking about awards movie season. This is the time of year when studios roll out their most promising contenders, hoping to keep them fresh in the minds of voters when it comes time to cast their ballots for the SAGs or the Spirits or the Oscars.
It goes without saying that it’s really too early at this point to say which titles will actually go the distance. If it were that easy to guess, office Oscar pools wouldn’t be a thing. But if you love to talk statues, it’s never too early to start sizing up the competitors.
Here’s what to watch if you’re ready for awards season…
… and you want to root for a badass: Colette (September 21)
Keira Knightley has two Oscar nominations under her belt already, and could well add a third this fall with the historical drama Colette. The real reason to watch this movie, though, is that it looks just plain fascinating. It’s the (true) story of a novelist in Belle Epoque Paris, who breaks away from the societal constraints of her time to pursue her passions – romantic, professional, and otherwise.
… and you thought Timothée was robbed: Beautiful Boy (October 12)
Timothée Chalamet lost out on the Academy Award this year, thanks to Gary Oldman and his magnificent prosthetics in Darkest Hour. But he could just have another shot next year. Beautiful Boy stars Chalamet as a young man struggling with meth addiction, and Steve Carell as the father who wants so desperately to save him. It’s directed Felix Van Groeningen, whose Broken Circle Breakdown was an Oscar-nominated heartbreaker, so yeah, you’re gonna wanna bring tissues.
… and La La Land was your 2017 pick: First Man (October 12)
Damien Chazelle broke into the Best Picture race with both of his previous films, Whiplash and La La Land. Only a fool would bet against his newest one, First Man. Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong, who’s facing a lot of doubt and uncertainty ahead of the Apollo 11 mission, which we in 2018 already know will make him the first man to walk on the moon.
… and Pine is your Chris of choice: Outlaw King (November 9)
Did you know that none of the four core Chrises have ever been nominated for an Oscar? If anyone’s gonna change that, though, it might be Pine, whose upcoming Outlaw King reunites him with David Mackenzie – director of the Best Picture-nominated Hell or High Water. Plus, watching him try a Scottish accent seems like its own reward.
… and you’re not a stickler for historical accuracy: Mary Queen of Scots (December 7)
Let’s just get this out of the way: Mary, Queen of Scots is not the movie to see for a history lesson. Mary and Elizabeth I never actually met, and certainly weren’t IRL besties before turning into rivals. But it is the movie to see if you’re interested in watching two towering talents (Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan) tear into each other, and especially if you’ve got anything invested in either of them racking up the statues this winter.
Each day this week, we’ll roll out another bunch of picks for our fall movie preview. Come back to find out what to watch if …
Monday: … you want to feel some feels
Tuesday: … you’ve got a taste for the offbeat
Wednesday: … you’re with the family
Thursday: … you’re ready for awards season
Friday: … you just want to see the best of the best
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