With summer blockbuster season firmly in the rear-view, the moviegoing landscape is entering its most prized season of the year: Awards season. Already, Jennifer Lopez has earned a lot of Oscar buzz for her turn in the true-life crime story “Hustlers” and Quentin Tarantino’s fantastic “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” is a strong contender in a number of categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

But now a whole slate of Oscar-hopefuls are gearing up for release and what they hope are long tailwinds that carry them all the way into February 2020. Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” re-teams the legendary director with stars Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, and early screenings indicate the movie could be a strong player in the awards conversation, though it does have to deal with the anti-Netflix sentiment among award voters that likely struck down “Roma’s” Oscar run earlier this year.

“Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman re-teams the legendary director with stars Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci and early screenings indicate the movie could be a strong player in the awards conversation, though it does have to deal with the anti-Netflix sentiment among award voters that likely struck down Roma’s Oscar run earlier this year.”

Noah Baumbach’s movie “Marriage Story” has earned rave reviews, along with its stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, for its portrayal of an agonizing divorce – though, “Marriage Story”, too, is a Netflix film. Among non-Netflix entries this fall, director Marielle Heller’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” starring Tom Hanks looks to be on the hunt to earn Mr. Rogers the Oscar gold that alluded the documentary about the seminal children’s TV giant, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Greta Gerwig will follow up “Lady Bird” this year with an adaptation of “Little Women” that stars a very Academy Award-friendly cast, led by Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet. Meanwhile, Trey Edward Shults’ movie, “Waves”, has debuted to strong acclaim of its own.

And then there are the #controversial entries in this year’s Oscars race, “Joker” and “Jojo Rabbit”. “Joker” is the WB’s off-world take on Batman’s arch-nemesis that has gained a lot of attention for star Joaquin Phoenix.
“Jojo Rabbit’ is director Taika Waititi’s anti-hate satire that features appearances by an imaginary friend-version of Adolf Hitler. Both movies have earned acclaim and condemnation, with “Jojo Rabbit” securing the Toronto Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award and “Joker” earning the Venice Film Festival’s top-prize, the Golden Lion.

“Joker is the WB’s off-world take on Batman’s arch-nemesis that has gained a lot of attention for star Joaquin Phoenix.”

With plenty to look forward to and surely many spirited debates ahead of us, this year’s awards season is off and running.


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