With the fall festivals under way, some strong screenplays are rising to the front of the Oscar contender list.
The Sundance Film Festival broke out Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s “The Big Sick” (Amazon Studios/Lionsgate), which has become the indie hit of the year, and summer sensation “Wind River” (The Weinstein Co.), the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated writer Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water”).
Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (A24) and two Netflix titles, Bong Joon Ho’s political satire “Okja” and Noah Baumbach’s family dramedy “The Meyerowitz Stories: (New and Selected),” competed at Cannes.
Jordan Peele’s brainy genre-bender “Get Out” (Universal) is the surprise sleeper of 2017. Christopher Nolan’s World War II battle epic “Dunkirk” opened to raves and strong box office July 21. And the fall film festivals brought a slew of name contenders, from Guillermo del Toro and Greta Gerwig to Alexander Payne.
Check out the (alphabetical) contenders below: No film will be deemed a frontrunner until I have seen it.
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
(“The Shape of Water”)
Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”)
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon (“The Big Sick”)
Anthony McCarten (“Darkest Hour”)
Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri”)
Paul Thomas Anderson (“Phantom Thread”)
Michael Arndt, Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon (“The Greatest Showman”)
Sean Baker (“The Florida Project”)
Noah Baumbach (“The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”)
Simon Beaufoy (“Battle of the Sexes”)
Bong Joon Ho, Jon Ronson (“Okja”)
Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”)
Liz Hannah and Josh Singer (“The Post”)
Adrian Molina (“Coco”)
Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”)
Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor (“Downsizing”)
Jordan Peele (“Get Out”)
Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River”)