With a historic Thanksgiving weekend in the books, the Fall cinema season is unofficially over. Despite strong showings by Creed 2, Green Book, and A Star Is Born, the Oscar race is still wide open. Here are five movies that will wrap up 2018 and create serious awards chatter in 2019.
The Favourite (November 23)
Relegated to a November 23 limited release, The Favourite will undoubtedly pick up momentum as Oscar season edges closer to 2019. Headlined by a trio of talented women, this is one most unique films of 2018.
An English power struggle is not an unusual movie topic, but The Favourite is atypically female-centric. The film features two cousins vying for the affection of Queen Anne and their influence over her court. Given the singularity of the political drama and the three actresses in play, the film could generate critical buzz for Best Picture.
Starring: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Vox Lux (December 7)
Can Natalie Portman be the best Lady Gaga of 2018? While that seems unlikely following A Star Is Born, Portman will at least be making a run at the most outrageous on-screen diva of the year title.
In the film, Portman portrays one-half of a pair of sisters who are vaulted into fame following a tragedy. The trailer depicts Portman as a troubled performer who is capable of unleashing all kinds of hell on the people in her life. Not only does she wield an excessive style, but the type of behavior that can garner Best Actress buzz.
Starring: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe Director: Brady Corbet
Roma (December 14)
A strong candidate to win the 2019 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Roma has a chance to be the first foreign language movie nominated for Best Picture since 2012’s Amour.
The trailer itself is a work of art. Few story particulars are detailed, but Roma at least appears to have gorgeous cinematography. Shots of Mexico City family life are interwoven with breathtaking clips of fields and oceans.
Roma takes place in the 1970s and incorporates the political unrest and social strife surrounding a domestic worker and her family. The movie was shot in black and white and will be available on Netflix on December 14.
Starring: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Fernando Grediaga Director: Alfonso Cuarón
On The Basis Of Sex (December 25)
Five years ago, a movie about a sitting Supreme Court justice who wasn’t Clarence Thomas was the furthest thing from a hot topic. The cult status of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made her life a compelling draw to a select group. This film may not have received that attention in previous years, but this is a story that found an audience in 2018.
With Felicity Jones as RBG, On The Basis Of Sex looks at Ginsburg’s rise as an attorney. The film centers on her work in the 1972 sexual discrimination case Moritz vs. Commissioner of Internal Revenue.
Starring: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston Director: Mimi Leder
Vice (December 25)
Nothing says Merry Christmas like a Vice Presidential biopic. The Dick Cheney film has a killer cast headlined by Christian Bale as George W. Bush’s Veep. Not only will Vice gain serious Best Picture traction, the immense talent in the movie is likely to gain multiple Oscar nominations in 2019.
Directed and written by Adam McKay, the film will depict Cheney’s ascent as a political and corporate leader. One look at the trailer shows how stunningly real both Rockwell and Bale look like Bush and Cheney, respectively. Given that McKay turned the potentially dry The Big Short into a hit, this story appears to have the juice to dominate Awards Season next year.
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Tyler Perry, Sam Rockwell Director: Adam McKay