“Nomadland” winning Best Picture is still fresh in the minds of many cinephiles, but a brand new Oscar season is about to begin with major fall festivals Venice, Telluride, Toronto, and New York. These four events are bringing with them dozens of world premieres that are expected to dominate Oscar season, from Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” to Jane Campion’s “Power of the Dog,” Joel Coen’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” and Pablo Larrain’s “Spencer,” among other titles. New movies from the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson and Guillermo del Toro are also coming before the end of 2021, although not at any major festival as of now.
One thing we know for sure about the 2022 Oscars is that the Academy is expanding the Best Picture category to a finite group of 10 nominees. Films will also have to meet new inclusivity standards in order to be eligible for the Academy’s top prize. For the 2021 Oscars, the Academy decided to allow films that debuted on streaming and PVOD platforms to be Oscars-eligible so long as they had originally planned for a theatrical release. The streaming rule will remain intact for the 2022 Oscars (which is good news for Pixar movie “Luca,” which Disney already moved to streaming only).
The following list of films is an updated look at 35 titles to know as the new Oscar season begins. The majority of films at this stage of the season were selected based on the awards pedigree of cast and crew and the past habits of Oscar voters. These films and more will be added to the list as they premiere and buzz grows. Films listed that premiere to a lack of Oscar buzz will be taken off.