22 Best Picture contenders for the 2024 Oscars

As awards season shapes up, festival favorites like Poor Things and Priscilla are among the films that could join Barbie and Oppenheimer in the race for gold

22 Best Picture contenders for the 2024 Oscars
Greta Lee and Teo Yoo in Past Lives; Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer; Emma Stone in Poor Things; Jeffrey Wright in American Fiction Image: Images courtesy A24, Universal Pictures, Searchlight Pictures, Orion

Now that the big film festivals in Toronto, Telluride and Venice are all wrapped up, it’s time to start getting an early read on race for best picture at the 2024 Academy Awards. The caveat, of course, is that nobody really knows how this year’s awards season will play out, given the ongoing strikes by writers and actors. While this has been a difficult year for the industry, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of worthy films in the mix for this year’s Oscars.

That includes star-studded summer blockbusters like Barbie and Oppenheimer, indie darlings like Past Lives and Poor Things, and films from acclaimed directors like Sofia Coppola, David Fincher, Michael Mann, and Martin Scorsese. Here’s a rundown, in alphabetical order, as we’re not playing favorites. At least, not until we get a little closer to the awards.

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All Of Us Strangers
Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal Photo Parisa Taghizadeh/Searchlight Pictures

Director: Andrew HaighCast: Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal, Claire Foy, and Jamie BellWritten and directed by British filmmaker Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years), stars Andrew Scott as a troubled Londoner who starts up a relationship with his mysterious neighbor, played by Paul Mescal. Soon after, he finds himself drawn back to his childhood home, where he’s able to have conversations with his dead parents (Claire Foy and Jamie Bell). Based on the caliber of talent alone, this dreamy meditation on love and loss should be one to keep an eye on.

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