The Oscar films to see ahead of awards season 2020

It may feel like we have just have entered October but award season talk has already begun. With only a few months left till the end of the year, Hollywood’s most prestigious film academies are compiling their lists of nominations and introducing us to the best productions to come out of 2019.

As always, most of the films predicted to become big hitters have yet to be released (bar Tarantino’s Once A Upon A Time, which is bound to get some recognition), as they tend to drop towards the end of the year, if not mid-award season in the UK. Luckily, that gives us time to read up on our favourites and schedule in those cinema trips in good time.

This year, we’ve already been given some incredible trailers that have had us either at the edge of our seats or raising eyebrows (yes, we’re looking at you, Cats adaptation). From Greta Gerwig’s return with the star-studded Little Women and what looks like the most raw and honest original movie offering from Netflix titled Marriage Story (coincidentally, directed by Gerwig’s husband, acclaimed filmmaker Noah Baumbach), to the highly-anticipated Bombshell, which sees the incredible Charlize Theron quite literally transform into Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly thanks to an Oscar-worthy hair and make up job, there are a plethora of flicks to add to your list this year.

Get your calendar out, because you’re going to want to make a note of their release dates…

Joker

Release date: 4 October 2019

Todd Phillips’ Joker is a story of the iconic Batman character. Alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck (played by Joaquin Phoenix) seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. The heartbreaking story promises to have even the toughest of us feeling for the villain as we’re exposed to his vulnerable side. Plus, Phoenix, who is best known for his critically-acclaimed roles in Gladiator and Walk the Line, has already been rumoured to receive an Oscar nod in the Best Actor category – especially after Joker won the top ‘Golden Lion’ prize at Venice Film Festival 2019.

Little Women

Release date: 27 December 2019 

Directed by Oscar winner Greta Gerwig, the star-studded Little Women is one of the most anticipated released of the year. An adaptation of the classic novel of the same name, it is an inspiring story of sisterhood and ambition among the March sisters set in a post-Civil War America. The film has already gained traction thanks to its stellar cast which consists of Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet to name a few.

Marriage Story

Release date: 15 November 2019

Marriage Story, directed by Noah Baumbach, is set to be Netflix’s big award season offering this year, and boy is it a good’un. Prepare to weep as we watch the breakdown of a marriage from the perspective of both parties – a creative couple played by Scarlett Johannsson and Adam Driver. Telling the story of falling out of love, except to see themes of family, friendship and distant memories in this emotional flick.

Bombshell

Release date: 24 January 2020

Starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie, Bombshell tackles the most current story of all – the #MeToo movement. The film dramatises the real-life story of three female employees at Fox News, who together take on the toxic male culture in their industry and stand up for victims of sexual harassment and abuse, ultimately leading to the downfall of media mogul Roger Ailes (who died in May 2017, aged 77). The story is told form the perspective of the three women, Fox duo Gretchen Carlson (Kidman) and Megyn Kelly (Theron, who as you can see in the trailer looks unrecognisable), while Robbie plays fictional producer, Kayla Pospisil.

Queen & Slim

Release date: 31 January 2020

Described as a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde story, Queen and Slim, written by the acclaimed Lena Waithe, follows a young black couple played by the Oscar-nominated Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith. Set in Ohio, the two are on their first date when they are pulled over by the police for a minor traffic infraction. Things soon escalate in a racially charged attack and the couple are forced to go on the run together.

Harriet

Release date: 22 November 2019

Telling the true story of heroic American abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, British actress Cynthia Erivo’s performance is already set to be a clear favourite in the Best Actress category at the 2020 Oscars thanks to her groundbreaking performance as the lead in Harriet. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, the powerful film follows Harriet from the moment she escapes slavery through to her brave mission to liberate hundreds of other slaves in in the Underground Railroad.

The Report

Release date: 15 November 2019

Adam Driver plays FBI agent Daniel Jones in get in deep with an exhaustive investigation into the CIA’s use of torture on suspected terrorists posy 9/11 in this political thriller. Directed by Scott Z. Burns, The Report follow Jones has he uncovers government corruption and the dark side of intelligence, so prepare for many of the scenes to feel chillingly realistic in our current climate.