Release date: November 22
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, William Jackson Harper, Tim Robbins
Director: Todd Haynes
Why it could be in contention: The fact-based story of a lawyer going up against the DuPont corporation starring Mark Ruffalo feels like typical Oscar fare. It doesn't, however, feel like typical Todd Haynes fare, and yet this is the next project from the adventurous art house director behind the likes of Velvet Goldmine and Carol. The trailer wasn't particularly exciting, but Haynes is always someone to keep an eye on, and perhaps this could be a late-in-the-year barnstormer.
Queen & Slim
Release date: November 27
Cast: Jodie Turner-Smith, Daniel Kaluuya, Indya Moore
Director: Melina Matsoukas
Why it could be in contention: Working from a script co-written by Lena Waithe, Matsoukas, the director behind Beyoncé's Lemonade, makes her feature film debut in this story of a couple that goes on the run after he kills a cop in self-defense during their first date. Basically, the trailer looks great, Matsoukas is a visionary, Kaluuya's already a nominee, and Turner-Smith seems set up for a breakthrough.
Release date: December 13
Cast: Adam Sandler, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield, Pom Klementieff
Director: Josh and Benny Safdie
Why it could be in contention: Adam Sandler, Serious Actor, has long been a tempting proposition when it comes to awards, but he's never managed to get an Oscar nomination despite worthy work in Punch-Drunk Love and The Meyerowitz Stories. The latest from the Safdie brothers, who directed Robert Pattinson in 2017's dirtbag crime thriller Good Time, might be too weird to break the trend, but Sandler's giving it his all in this fable of a Diamond District dealer, a seemingly magical stone, and Kevin Garnett.
Release date: December 13
Cast: Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Olivia Wilde, Jon Hamm
Director: Clint Eastwood
Why it could be in contention: Never underestimate the prolific Clint Eastwood when it comes to offering up a late-in-the-year film that could very well worm its way into the Academy's brain. While last year's The Mule didn't make much of an impact, here comes Richard Jewell, Eastwood's take on the man falsely suspected of bombing the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Expect some controversy around this one as it is a noted conservative director depicting a famous case of the media getting it wrong.
Release date: December 20
Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Judi Dench
Director: Tom Hooper
Why it could be in contention: In a word: Cats!!!! The kitties in this movie adaptation of the thoroughly insane Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will be cat-sized! Sounds crazy! But the Academy loved Hooper's Les Misérables -- another bombastic '80s musical classic -- so who's to say it won't fall for Jennifer Hudson, wearing her digital fur technology, belting "Memory?"
Release date: December 25
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep
Director: Greta Gerwig
Why it could be in contention: Greta Gerwig turned to an old favorite for her first movie post-Lady Bird, a nominee for Best Picture itself. She's back working with Saoirse Ronan, who has graduated from one ambitious adolescent to another, now playing Louisa May Alcott's heroine Jo. Erstwhile Hermione Granger Emma Watson is the less-bookish Meg, and the rest of the March sisters include rising stars Eliza Scanlen and Florence Pugh. Timmy Chalamet will be breaking hearts as Laurie.