5 early contenders for Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars

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With the 2017 ceremony behind us, let’s take a look at some early contenders for Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars

The 2017 Oscars have come and gone and La La Land Moonlight walked away with the biggest prize of the night, earning its third gold statue of the night with a shocking upset in the Best Picture category to go along with wins in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay categories as well. And I think there was a little controversy with that Best Picture victory but I haven’t really heard anything about that, have you?

Warren Beatty jokes aside, it’s time to move on and look ahead to the 2018 Oscars. Studios are already gearing up for big releases this year and there’s already buzz surrounding a number of films that are amping up for a run at the industry’s top prize a year from now. So let’s take an early look at five movies that could contend for Best Picture at next year’s Oscars.

5. Call Me by Your Name

With Moonlight breaking through and doing what Brokeback Mountain couldn’t do (but should have) 11 years ago and winning Best Picture, it may be difficult for Call Me by Your Name, a same-sex romantic drama starring Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg to repeat the feat only a year later but the early reviews are in and critics are loving this film.

Based on André Aciman’s 2007 novel of the same name, Call Me by Your Name is directed by Luca Guadagnino, who also co-wrote the script with James Ivory and Walter Fasano, and focuses on the relationship between a 17-year-old Jewish boy living in Italy (Chalamet) and a visiting 24-year-old scholar (Hammer). Premiering last month at Sundance, the film currently has a score of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes and is said to be Armie Hammer’s best work since his breakout performance in The Social Network and is said to be an early lock for a Best Actor nomination. Sony Pictures Classics has acquired distribution rights.

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