The awards race is over, and if you’re a regular Oscar Beat reader you know I’ve been covering this thing closely for the past six months. Which means the last thing I want to do is think about next year’s Oscars, but there’s no time like the present, and while the awards ceremony is on everyone’s minds we might as well get it over with, no?
This piece has become a staple here at Collider over the last few years, and on last year’s list five of the ten went on to become major contenders at this year’s ceremony. Can I improve that stat this time out? Maybe! Honestly one of the joys of putting this together is previewing some of the titles that aren’t major blockbusters that are heading our way over the next seven months. There’s a lot to look forward to in 2018, especially in the way of highly anticipated follow-ups from exciting younger directors.
But before we begin a note on Martin Scorsese‘s gangster drama The Irishman. The Netflix film has been pegged for a 2019 release date, and while some may think that’s a January release date and the film could get an awards qualifying run, I’d point out that Scorsese sometimes takes up to a year (or longer) to edit his films and The Irishman is using extensive visual effects to de-age its stars. The Wolf of Wall Street wrapped in January and it was incredibly tough for Scorsese to get that ready in time for a December release, and Irishman only just wrapped this wee. So I’m willing to bet this is a genuine 2019 release, and thus won’t be in next year’s awards race.
But there’s plenty of other great potential 2018 Oscar movies to look forward to! Take a look at the full list below, and sound off in the comments with your own way-too-early predictions for what might be in next year’s awards race.