Studios have traditionally held out their most prestigious so-called “Oscar-bait” films for the fall and winter movie seasons in advance of Academy Award nominations. That’s primarily because Academy voters have notoriously short memories and tend to nominate films that came out within a few months of Oscar balloting. Did you know that of last year’s nine Best Picture nominees, six came out in November and December, and not one was released earlier than August (Hell or High Water)?

Critics and industry insiders are handicapping this year’s Oscar race with an eye toward films that are currently garnering critics’ raves (Dunkirk, Detroit . . . and that’s only the D’s) and creating buzz on the film festival circuit. But available now at a Box near you are several films that were released in the first part of 2017 and that are being eyed for Oscar contention.

 

Beauty and the Beast (Best Picture; Best Costume Design; Best Production Design; Best Visual Effects)

The Big Sick (Best Picture; Best Supporting Actor, Ray Romano; Best Supporting Actress, Holly Hunter; Best Original Screenplay, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon)

Boss Baby (Best Animated Feature)

Colossal (Best Actress, Anne Hathaway)

Get Out (Best Picture; Best Director, Best Screenplay)

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (Best Visual Effects)

Kong: Skull Island (Best Cinematography)

Logan (Best Supporting Actor, Patrick Stewart)

The Lost City of Z (Best Picture)

Split (Best Actor, James McAvoy)

 

What do you think of these potential Oscar nominees? Do you have a favorite that’s not on this list? Sound off in the comments and let us know!

 

By: Redbox Writer, Donald Liebenson