The autumn gold rush

FALL MOVIE PREVIEW: Awards contenders 

By Connie Geraghty, Staff Writer

Now that it’s officially fall, it’s officially time to start talking about February. That’s right, awards season is upon us and the speculations are already flying. These are a few of the films getting early buzz.

Johnny Depp has starred in a slew of big budget letdowns in recent years, but has been receiving high praise for his portrayal of infamous Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger in writer-director Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass.” Critics and audiences have agreed Depp’s chilling performance is likely award worthy.

“The Danish Girl” tackles the incredible true story of Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo total gender reassignment surgery, and is getting attention in several categories. Possible actor (Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne), supporting actress (Alicia Vikander) and picture nominations are circling.

ìJoyî brings the award-winning team of David O. Russell, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper together for a third time in this generation-spanning film that chronicles the life of Joy Manago, a single mother, inventor and entrepreneur. The trio’s previous collaborations garnered both Lawrence and Cooper two Oscar nominations each and four for Russell.

Leonardo DiCaprio is frontiersman Hugh Glass in “The Revenant,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s first film since 2014’s multiple Oscar-winning “Birdman: (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).” With the focus on Glass’s struggle to survive after being abandoned following a brutal bear mauling, DiCaprio’s performance will be under the spotlight. He has four acting nominations but no wins.

“Carol” stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as strangers whose chance meeting leads to a tumultuous affair that rocks not only their lives but the lives of everyone around them. Todd Haynes’ adaptation of the 1952 novel “The Price of Salt” by Patricia Highsmith has been receiving rave reviews, especially for the two central performances.

“Beasts of No Nation” could be the first Netflix original to win an Oscar. From writer-director Cary Fukunaga of “True Detective” (Season One) fame comes the story of Agu, a child forced to become a solider after his village is raided by militant forces. Idris Elba is generating buzz as “The Commandant,” but young newcomer Abraham Attah is already winning awards for his first lead role.

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