Oscar Contenders From January to September

Stratis Bohle

With the start of Fall, Oscar season beings as well. Films that the studios believe are contenders generally come out that season or even earlier.

In my opinion there are 6 films that came out this year that are worthy of the Best Picture Award-in order of least likely to most likely to win:


6. Baby Driver
Edgar Wright

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. The films use of music is reminiscent of Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy but has a much more diverse pick of music. Jamie Foxx is amazing in his role and is slightly terrifying with a hint of comedy similar to his time on the T.V. show Living Color. Kevin Spacey is evocative of his role in House of Cards but also much more comedic.



5. War For The Planet Of The Apes
Matt Reeves

In the final film of the Apes trilogy that started with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). The film is impressive with many metaphors of Caesar as a Christ/Mosses figure. Its use of the Star Spangled Banner in one scene is very beautiful but it makes you feel disgusted, which is perfect for an Oscar winning film.


4. Logan
James Mangold

In Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart’s final film in the X-Men universe, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X, somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world, and his legacy, are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces. Both Stewart and Jackman send an amazing goodbye, 17 years in the making, which has a sad ending unlike anything this year.


3.Wonder Woman
Patty Jenkins

In the first critically acclaimed D.C. Extended Universe film, Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when Steve Trevor crashes on their shores and tells of The Great War raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. This film is the highest grossing live action film to be directed by a women and so far is the second highest grossing film domestically, this year. The film is considered to be the best blockbuster this summer and the first good film in Zack Snyder’s D.C. Extended Universe.


2. Detroit
Kathryn Bigelow

In John Boyega’s second major role in an American film, he portrays the true story of one of the most terrifying moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ’67. Boyega brings an excellent performance and seems to have been born and raised in Detroit and not England.



Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan is all that needs to be said about this movie. The visuals are fantastic because the color is bleak and dreary, adding to the seriousness of the film. The sound is impressive and makes you feel as if you are in the movie experiencing a German assault. It was the most beautiful film I have ever seen. Like another favorite film of mine, 2001: A Space Oddessy, there is little dialogue, whatever is there, is necessary for the plot.