Oscars 2018 Predictions: Way-Too-Early Best Picture Picks

6:30 AM 2/27/2017

by Gregg Kilday

Christopher Nolan's World War II epic 'Dunkirk,' Sundance standout 'Mudbound' and a sci-fi comedy from Alexander Payne might be in the spotlight next year.

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  • 'Call Me by Your Name'

    (Sony Pictures Classics, TBA)

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    The critical hit of Sundance, director Luca Guadagnino's erotic tale of gay summer love amid the Italian countryside stars Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet (Homeland) in a breakout role.

  • 'The Current War'

    (The Weinstein Co., TBA)

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    AC or direct electrical current? Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse stake out opposing turf in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's drama.

  • 'Downsizing'

    (Paramount, Dec. 22)

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    Having directed three successive best pic nominees, Alexander Payne will go for four with this sci-fi comedy starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig.

  • 'The Greatest Showman'

    (Fox, Dec. 25)

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    La La Land tunesmiths Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have written the songs for this original musical drama about P.T. Barnum, starring Hugh Jackman.

  • 'Dunkirk'

    (Warner Bros., July 21)

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    Christopher Nolan re-creates World War II's evacuation from Dunkirk on what promises to be an epic scale.

  • 'Mudbound'

    (Netflix, TBA)

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    Dee Rees' drama about two clans living in the Mississippi Delta in the '40s, another Sundance standout, spotlights Mary J. Blige and Carey Mulligan in roles that Netflix could back with a big campaign.

  • Untitled Detroit Project

    (Annapurna, Aug. 4)

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    Reteaming with her Zero Dark Thirty screenwriter Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow tells a crime tale set against the 1967 Detroit riots. The film stars John Boyega and marks producer Megan Ellison's first foray into distribution.

  • Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project

    (Focus, TBA)

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    The director is reuniting with There Will Be Blood star Daniel Day-Lewis for a drama about a fashion designer who dictates taste in '50s London.