Awards season seems to come around quicker every year, bringing with it a new wave of films that are all labelled ‘must sees’, forcing us to confront an overwhelming FOMO anxiety for all the ones we haven’t actually seen yet. This means we find ourselves nodding along politely during intellectual conversations, from December ‘til March, pretending we know the obscure arthouse drama your co-worker’s been babbling on about for months.
From queer coming-of-age stories, to war movies, to a fantastical tale about a mute woman fornicating with a fish, this year’s line-up couldn’t be more diverse. With 10 possible contenders for the Best Picture prize come Oscar night – and dozens more for the acting, animation and foreign feature categories, too – there’s a good chance we won’t have caught everything by that point, so let’s streamline things a little.
Awkward office movie chat, no more! Here are the films that are on everybody's lips for all the right reasons; the ones that are likely to actually take home one of the major prizes that they’ve been nominated
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