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90th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2017 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

 discuss on the blog

Tier 1 - Predicted Powerhouses

Joe Wright
DARKEST HOUR
(Focus)
Nov 24th

Curiously never nominated despite Oscar liking his films

Chris Nolan
DUNKIRK
(Warner Bros)
July 21st

He's surely been in 6th place often. A WW II drama should finally do the trick

Todd Haynes
WONDERSTRUCK
(Amazon)
TBA

Is there any genius alive who is more overdue? If this is a success (with mainstream interest) watch out.

Kathryn Bigelow
DETROIT
(Annapurna)
Aug 4th

Can she become the first female director to be nominated more than once?

Yorgos Lanthimos
KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
(A24)
Nov 3rd

His reputation is steadily building. Will he stay a niche favorite or will Oscar bite?

 
Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
THE CURRENT WAR
(Weinstein Co)
Dec 22nd

Likely to get a big push

Dee Rees
MUDBOUND
(Netflix)
TBA

Can the Sundance buzz build into real Oscar season buzz?

Jordan Peele
GET OUT
(Universal)
Feb 24th

He's got a headstart. Genre pictures need that to settle in as viably "great"

Michael Gracey
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
(Fox)
Dec 25th

Currently unknown but that will change if this is good / a success

Tomas Alfredson
THE SNOWMAN
(Universal)
Oct 13th

A quality filmmaker. Can this be the one to put him over?

 
Tier 3 - Or Maybe It'll Be

Steven Spielberg
THE POST
(Fox)
TBA

If this is completed in time (it's not filming until the summer) it could be a big deal.

Garth Davis
MARY MAGDALENE
(Weinstein Co)
Nov 24th

He was surely in 6th place last season for Best Director. If this is a critical hit, watch out.

Luca Guadagnino
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
(SPC)
Nov 24th

One of the most exciting directors working but still very "arthouse" if you will. Will Oscar embrace two gay dramas in a row?

Darren Aronofsky
MOTHER!
(Paramount)
Oct 13th

Said to be in the Black Swan psycho-horror vein. But can lightning strike twice?

Paul Thomas Anderson
UNTITLED FASHION DRAMA
(Focus)
Dec 25th

He'll automatically be considered. But how's the picture? Christmas seems like a really late start for a period drama

 
Tier 4 - Anyone Feel Possible This Early On!

Martin McDonagh
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI
(Fox Searchlight)
Oct 13th

A unique voice but will they think of him as primarily a writer?

Alexander Payne
DOWNSIZING}
(Paramount)
Dec 22nd

Oscar loves him but nobody is nominated every time.

Tier 5 - Anyone Feels Possible Early On!

  • Hany Abu-Assad, The Mountain Between Us
  • Kenneth Branagh, Murder on the Orient Express
  • Stephen Chobsky, Wonder
  • Dominic Cooke, On Chesil Beach
  • Sofia Coppola, The Beguiled
  • George Clooney, Suburbicon
  • Destin Daniel Cretton, The Glass Castle
  • Simon Curtis, Goodbye Christopher Robin
  • Reginald Hudlin, Marshall
  • Paul McGuigan, Film Stars Don't Die...
  • Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049