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20 Films Tipped For Oscar Glory

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    Oscar nominations won't be announced for weeks (January 24, to be precise). We don't have a crystal ball. And the Academy loves to throw a curveball. Anything could happen at this point.

    And yet... we feel reasonably confident that certain films and performers will be recognized at the 2017 Academy Awards. If we were gambling-inclined, we'd bet it all on Casey Affleck, Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, and Mahershala Ali, with 50-50 odds on Moonlight and La La Land. But beyond that, things are a bit more unpredictable.

    The Golden Globes and SAG Awards have each turned up a few wild cards (Florence Foster Jenkins, Nocturnal Animals, Emily Blunt) and slapped down a few early would-be contenders (Tom Hanks, Kate Beckinsale). The Academy, of course, isn't obligated to follow suit, but it wouldn't be the Oscars without at least one shocker. Remember when Argo won Best Picture but Ben Affleck wasn't thrown a Best Director bone? Or when the Academy forgot that Black thespians exist?

    We don't think they'll make that mistake again this year. If anything, the Oscar front-runners are a reasonably diverse group, assuming you don't count a back-on-top Mel Gibson. Of course, this could all be a moot point and somehow Boo! A Madea Halloween will win everything. For now, though, we're counting on these films to get some love.

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    Moonlight
    This Barry Jenkins-directed drama is the hot favorite to pip La La Land to Best Picture. Mahershala Ali, meanwhile, is the leading contender for Best Supporting Actor, while Naomie Harris is getting major praise for her supporting turn.

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    Fences
    Viola Davis is a shoo-in for Best Supporting Actress, while Denzel Washington, who also directed, will also likely be nominated.

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    Elle
    Paul Verhoeven's French-language thriller about a woman who seeks revenge on her rapist didn't make the shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film, alas. If star Isabelle Huppert doesn't get a Best Actress nomination to ease that sting, it will be considered one of award season's biggest snubs.

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    Hacksaw Ridge
    Mel Gibson already has one Oscar for Best Director. Is the Academy ready to give the controversial actor/director another? His searing drama about a real-life conscientious objector who became a World War II hero is poised to win nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Andrew Garfield), and maybe, just maybe, Best Director.

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    Jackie
    This bio about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis hasn't received much love beyond Natalie Portman's performance as the titular First Lady, but the Academy could always surprise us. Portman, meanwhile, is almost certain to be delivering yet another acceptance speech while pregnant.