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What to watch this awards season

Here’s what not to miss on the big screen from now until the Oscars 2019.
awards season 2019 The Favourite

The Favourite (out 1 January)

With Olivia Colman’s lusty Queen Anne swearing, puking and trying to get off with her maids, The Favourite turns costume drama on its head. The whole thing is set to be quite the royal spectacle. Colman's already won a Golden Globe for her performance. The Oscar nominations are in and she's now up for Best Actress, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are both up for Best Supporting Actress, it's been nominated for Best Picture, Yorgos Lanthimos is up for Best Director...basically: it's set to have a whole load of awards by the end of the season.

See it on the big screen for: three of your favourite actresses (Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Coleman) and the gorgeous cinematography.

The Favourite is out 1 January - get times and tickets here

Stan and Ollie (out 11 January)

Steve Coogan plays Stan Laurel and John C Reilly plays Oliver Hardy – but at the end of their careers, when they were reduced to playing half-empty English theatres. As likely to make you cry as laugh, this heartfelt look at male friendship could make a whole new generation love Laurel & Hardy. It's currently up for two BAFTAs: Outstanding British Film and Best Leading Actor (Coogan).

See it on the big screen for: a tender, affectionate portrait of a legendary comedy team.

Stan and Ollie is out 11 January, find out more here

awards season 2019 The Front Runner

The Front Runner (out 11 January)

You might be confused because this features Hugh Jackman but contains no singing, no dancing, no adamantium skeleton... instead he’s a revelation in this true story about Gary Hart, the Democratic Party’s shoo-in for the 1988 Presidential election until the media got wind of a scandal.

See it on the big screen for: the pulsing political drama.

The Front Runner is out 11 January, find out more here


Beautiful Boy (out 18 January)

Exploring the harsh realities of addiction and the strained relationship it causes between father and son, Beautiful Boy is based on real events and features what’s being called “another Oscar-worthy performance” from Call Me By Your Name’s Timothee Chalamet.

See it on the big screen for: the opportunity to sob quietly in the dark.

Beautiful Boy is out 18 January, find out more here

awards season 2019 Glass

Glass (out 18 January)

M. Night Shyamalan's Glass may be an awards outsider but James McAvoy’s reprisal of his role from Split is earning rave reviews from all sides of the critical spectrum. Playing not one, not two but 24 distinct personalities, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him pick up a nomination or two.

See it on the big screen for: The Beast. He’ll haunt your nightmares forever.

Glass is out 18 January, find out more here

Vice (out 25 January)

The director is the man behind Anchorman, Step Brothers and The Big Short and the cast is astonishing (Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell). Telling the true story of Vice President Dick Cheney, it’s educational, entertaining and a bit horrifying – what more could you want? It's up for a Best Picture Oscar, Bale's up for Best Actor, Rockwell's up for Best Supporting Actor and Adams is up for Best Supporting Actress. Oh and Adam McKay's up for Best Director. Not bad right?

See it on the big screen for: another stunning transformation from Christian Bale.

Vice is out 25 January, find out more here.

Destroyer (out 25 January)

You’ve never seen Nicole Kidman like this. Her fearless performance in Destroyer is eye-opening. She plays a woman forced to reckon with her demons, but her demons happen to be members of a gang she once infiltrated undercover. With director Karyn Kusama increasingly becoming known for creating unrelenting tension, Destroyer will have you wound tight.

See it on the big screen for: an incredible lead performance that will stick in your mind.

Destroyer is out 25 January, find out more here

awards season 2019 If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk (out 8 February)

Moonlight won an amazing three Oscars last year and anything director Barry Jenkins does now is a must-see. Based on a novel by literary giant James Baldwin, a black couple’s life is torn apart by a false accusation. If it’s as emotionally real as Moonlight, it’ll be incredible. So far Regina King's picked up a Golden Globe for her performance; she's now up for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

See it on the big screen for: this reason, from NPR - “Film classes will be taught about Jenkins' use of colour.”

If Beale Street Could Talk is out 8 February, find out more here

Green Book (Out 8 February)

The wonderful Mahershala Ali (up for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars) plays a black concert pianist being driven through the racially segregated deep South of the 60s by a roughneck Italian-American bouncer (an unrecognisable Viggo Mortensen, who’s up for Best Actor). Stunning reviews, loads of Oscar noms - and a story of friendship to boot. 

See it on the big screen for: basically two of the world’s best actors. TOGETHER.

Green Book is out 8 February - get times and tickets here

Can You Ever Forgive Me (out 8 February)

It’s the early nineties and Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) is a heavy-drinking writer past her sell-by-date. So she starts forging celebrity letters. Based on a true story, everyone’s raving about this funny-sad Oscar contender.

See it on the big screen for: Melissa McCarthy (up for a Best Actress Oscar) as you’ve never seen her before.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is out 8 February - get times and tickets here