Now that all the major film festivals have wrapped up, the countdown to the upcoming Academy Awards has officially begun. The year 2016 has proven to be a stiff competition as the best films are now going head to head for the prestigious Best Picture award.
Are you still not sure who’ll win the coveted Oscar next year? Well, ExploreTalent has their guesses. From a buzzed-about musical to a historical drama that tackles about racial issues, here are five movies that are sure contenders for the Best Picture award at next year’s Academys.
Best Picture Contenders for Oscars 2017
5. Loving (Jeff Nichols)
A strong candidate for Best Picture is the heart-wrenching historical drama film Loving. It centers around the well-known true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple at the center of the Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage back in 1967. The film garnered positive reviews from critics and even received a standing ovation during its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
4. La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
Damien Chazelle‘s musical film has received universal acclaim on all its screenings in various film festivals this year. So with that, it is fair to say that Chazelle has another Oscar contender in his hands. The movie reunites frequent onscreen couple Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, both of which had to learn to sing and dance for the film. There has also been a lot of buzz surrounding Stone’s performance, and experts are predicting that the actress is up for her second Oscar nomination next year.
3. Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)
Amy Adams is currently starring in two critically acclaimed films, Nocturnal Animals and the sci-fi feature, Arrival. Among the two, it looks like Arrival is more likely to be a contender for Best Picture. The film, which is based on a short story by Ted Chiang, centers around a team that is tasked to communicate with extraterrestrial spacecrafts that unexpectedly touch down on earth.
4. Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)
Manchester by the Sea is expected to get nominated not only for Best Picture, but its lead star, Casey Affleck, is looking to get a nomination for Best Actor as well. The ever charismatic Michelle Williams might get her own nomination for Best Supporting Actress too, and it just goes to show how dynamic the cast of this heartbreaking drama is. This indie gem has garnered outstanding reviews from aggregrator sites, earning an 8.7/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and 91/100 on Metacritic.
5. Hacksaw Ridge (Mel Gibson)
Say what you want about him, but Mel Gibson has been proving time and time again that he is one of the finest filmmakers of our time. His new film, Hacksaw Ridge, marks his official return to Hollywood and it happens to feature an ensemble cast including Andrew Garfield, Burt Reynolds, and Vince Vaughn. It tells the true story of American hero Desmond T. Doss, the soldier who famously became the first recipient of the Medal of Honor.