Now that films have been revealed at festivals Sundance and Cannes through the fall circuit and awards groups have started weighing in. the 2018-19 awards season has come into focus. The Academy has moved away from the mainstream over the last few years, awarding Best Picture to the low-budget “Moonlight” followed by the fantasy film “The Shape of Water,” which bodes well for an eclectic group of contenders. But this year the studios are back in the race, led by Warner Bros.’ redo “A Star is Born” and Universal’s “Green Book.”
While the first quarter of 2018 quietly launched a handful of potential Oscar players, the record-breaking “Black Panther” has come back into the conversation, as “Get Out” did last year, and should ride its critical and commercial success all the way to multiple Oscar nominations. Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” could figure in the animation race, while Cannes hit “BlackKklansmen” could factor for Spike Lee.
Every year, the majority of the year’s biggest Oscar contenders debut in the fall. Academy Award winners Alfonso Cuarón, Barry Jenkins, Damien Chazelle, and Steve McQueen all dropped new projects on the festival circuit, along with Debra Granik, Yorgos Lanthimos, Bradley Cooper, Marielle Heller, and more.
Click the individual links below for Anne Thompson’s developing Oscar predictions in each category. More categories will be added as the year continues.