Ranking Oscar Chances For the Holiday Movies, From ‘1917’ to ‘Clemency’

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Ranking Oscar Chances For the Holiday Movies, From ‘1917’ to ‘Clemency’
Audience-friendly, family-friendly, and peak-holiday appeal: Those are the films of December. Some are bonafide awards contenders; and some are more challenging year-end fare intended mainly to impress critics, arthouse patrons, and Academy voters (“Uncut Gems” and death-row dramas “Clemency” and “Just Mercy”).

And then there are two December 20th openers, from Oscar-winner Tom Hooper (his furry adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats”) and J.J. Abrams that will skid into contentious reviews, audience reaction, or both. Chances are if Universal and Disney, respectively, were concerned with awards consideration, they would have unveiled the costly spectacles a little earlier.

Herewith, a ranking of the Christmas Oscar hopefuls in order of their likely prospects.


Metascore: 82.

This World War I action drama directed by Sam Mendes and shot by Roger Deakins has earned raves for the technological feat required to pull off what looks like a one-take-wonder, as well as the young
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