The anticipation for the upcoming Oscar season is building, and Hollywood Insider has just revealed the release dates for some of the most highly anticipated movies of the year. As filmmakers hope to be in contention for the Academy Awards, they strategically plan to release their films within the eligibility window. The eligibility period for the Oscars is from January 1st to December 31st of each year, and films released before the end of the year are typically given priority consideration.
One of the most highly anticipated films set to be released during the eligibility window is “Amsterdam”, starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver. The movie, directed by Ridley Scott, tells the tale of a lavish wedding gone awry in 1990s Italy. The film is slated for release on November 24, 2021. With a cast like this and Scott at the helm, it’s likely that this film will be a major player at the Oscars.
Another film attracting a lot of attention is “Nightmare Alley”, directed by Guillermo Del Toro and featuring an all-star cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, and Willem Dafoe. This dark film tells the tale of a man who stumbles upon a seedy carnival and becomes entangled in a web of deceit and betrayal. “Nightmare Alley” is set to be released on December 3, 2021.
Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” has been generating buzz for months now. The film, a modern retelling of the classic Broadway musical, boasts a talented cast, including Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler, as well as a screenplay by Tony Kushner. “West Side Story” will be released on December 10, 2021, just in time to capture the attention of the Academy.
“Being the Ricardos” is a biographical drama about the lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Directed by Aaron Sorkin and starring Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem, this film is set to be released on December 10, 2021, just like “West Side Story.” This movie will likely receive recognition for its performances and screenplay.
Finally, “The French Dispatch” is an ensemble comedy-drama directed by Wes Anderson. Starring Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, and Timothee Chalamet, this film was originally set to be released in 2020 but had its premier delayed due to the pandemic. The film is now scheduled to be released on October 22, 2021, and will be a strong contender for Best Picture.
These are just a few of the films generating buzz as we enter the awards season. As always, there will be surprises and dark horse contenders emerging as the season progresses. Nevertheless, these early release dates give us a taste of what’s to come and an idea of which movies will be battling it out for Oscar gold.