There can only be one winner on 26 February (and we'd like to congratulate the judges in advance for giving La La Land its due), but almost all of the films being screened are completely stellar. Here are the ones we recommend.
Moonlight is that rare thing: an adaptation of play (In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney) that doesn't feel stagey. But it's also so much more: a dissection of contemporary masculinity, a tender story of stifled sexuality, and 2017's best film so far.
Denis Villeneuve's film starts clever, but by the time the credits roll it's managed to couple intelligence with genuine pathos. That's not bad for a movie based on a short story by a little-known sci-fi writer. Amy Adams manages to improve on her impressive performance in Nocturnal Animals, and Jeremy Renner demonstrates that he should have been playing mathematicians instead of superheroes all this time.
Did you like the Coen brothers' 2007 classic No Country for Old Men but wish it had more Chris Pine? (Don't you just wish that about every movie?). Hell or High Water is perhaps the most left-field contender for the Best Picture crown, but it was also 2016's happiest surprise: a film that came out of nowhere to be both incredibly thrilling and dramatically convincing.
Lead actor Casey Affleck is up for Best Actor thanks to his performance in Manchester by the Sea; to see why, check it out on the big screen this March.
|Oscar nominee screenings, Barbican
|Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS | MAP
|Leicester Square (underground)
03 Mar 17 – 09 Mar 17, Times vary
|£determined by cinema
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