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20 Oscar-worthy films you need to see this autumn/winter

Because it’s never too early.

BECAUSE IT’S NEVER too early to talk Oscars…


August 25th

Nathan Davis Jr. as Aubrey. #DETROITmovie

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Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Detroit is an exploration of the 1967 Detroit riot starring John Boygea, Will Poulter and Anthony Mackie, among others.


September 15th

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A bloody horror film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem about a couple whose relationship is tested when they invite guests into their home. The trailer features blood-curdling screams, Michelle Pfeiffer and J-Law downing a drink. Everything you’d expect from the director of Black Swan, so.

Victoria and Abdul

September 15th

A film about Queen Victoria and her unlikely friendship with an Indian clerk named Abdul. The kind of British period drama that your Mam would lap up, so.

Goodbye Christopher Robin

September 29th

National treasure Domhnall Gleeson stars as AA Milne in this drama about the creation of Winnie The Pooh.

Blade Runner 2049

October 6th

The long-awaited sequel to Blade Runner stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, and is directed by Arrival’s Denis Villeneuve. The trailer suggests it’s going to be as mind-bending as the original.

The Death of Stalin

October 20th

What better way to heal the world’s divisions than with an on-point satire from the mind of Armando Iannucci (The Thick Of It, Veep?)

Call Me By Your Name

October 27th

Set in 1980s Italy, this coming-of-age drama follows the passionate relationship that develops between a 17-year-old named Elio and a 24-year-old named Oliver. The film garnered glowing reviews at Sundance earlier this year. Expect it to feature heavily on best-of lists at the end of the year.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

November 17th

Colin Farrell, Barry Keoghan and Nicole Kidman star in this psychological horror from the director of The Lobster. If the trailer is anything to go by, this looks demented and we mean that in the best way possible.

Battle of the Sexes

November 24th

Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in this retelling of the iconic Battle of the Sexes tennis match that took place between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Worth seeing for the vintage tennis garb alone.


November 24th

A caper written by the Coen Brothers, directed by George Clooney and starring Matt Damon – it doesn’t get any starrier than that, does it?

Roman Israel, Esq

December 1st

From the director of Nightcrawler comes a legal drama starring Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell. We have high hopes for this one.

The Current War

January 5th

A historical drama about the race between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to introduce an eletricity system to power the modern world. It stars none other than Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult. Sounds… electrifying.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

January 12th

A dark comedy from the mind of Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, follows the mother of a murdered woman (Frances McDormand) who enters into a war of words with her town’s police force after she erects a trio of billboards charging them with incompetency.

Darkest Hour

January 12th

Political drama set during World War 2 starring Gary Oldman as Prime Minister Winston Churchill. If that’s not Oscar bait, we don’t know what is.

The Papers

January 19th

Steven Spielberg directs this timely drama about the Washington Post and their fight to publish the Pentagon Papers. Did we mention it stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep?

Phantom Thread

February 2nd

Not much is known about this Paul Thomas Anderson film, save for the fact that Daniel Day Lewis plays a fashion designer in 1950s London. The actor has stated that it will be his last ever film. Good enough for us.




Absurd comedy about a couple who decide to shrink themselves… before the wife backs out at the last minute. Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon star in this comedy from Alexander Payne (Nebraska, Sideways, Election).

Last Flag Flying



There isn’t much information about this one, but here’s what we know: it’s directed by Richard Linklater and stars Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne. If that doesn’t pique your interest…



Mudbound follows the struggles of two families – one white, one black – in rural Mississippi after World War 2. The film was widely praised at Sundance earlier this year suggesting we might have something special on our hands.

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