3 Movies That Will Win Big Next Awards Season

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Here we are, at the year’s halfway point. With the year half finished, there is more than enough information on 2016’s movie line-up to make some predictions about which of these movies have prestigious awards written in the stars. Although awards season is still a while away, certain films just scream Oscar.

Taking into consideration buzz and the trend of awards in the past, here are some predictions for big winners this next award season. Some have already been premiered at festivals, and others are coming out later this year but are still generating a lot of discussion and previews that indicate a lot of attention from critics and audiences.

In the end, time will tell which of these movies come out on top. But as for now, here are the movies we suspect will win big in various award categories:

  1. The Birth of a Nation

Nate Parker (actor from The Secret Life of Bees and Beyond the Lights) made his directorial debut this year on January 25th at the Sundance Film Festival with the sensational The Birth of a Nation.This film has all the makings of an award-winning hit, and the content and gorgeous movie poster have generated a lot of talk. Fox Searchlight bought worldwide rights to the film for a whopping $17.5 million — the largest movie deal Sundance has ever seen.

the birth of nation movie cast

Starting with the meaningful historical story line, this movie tells the story of Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia and the white retaliation. The title evokes a touch of poetic irony, a direct reference to the D.W. Griffith silent film from 1951 known for its abject racism. With that sort of social commentary and subversion, the film seems destined for greatness — and tons of awards. The scheduled release of October 7th is also a very Oscar-friendly release date.


  1. Silence

If there’s a director that indicates award nominations, it’s Martin Scorsese. His films have received many nominations for Best Picture, and he finally snagged several awards for Best Director with his 2006 film The Departed.As for his movie Silence, described as his “passion project,” it is based on the 1966 novel by Shüsaku Endō and tells a story of two Portuguese Jesuit priests who risk violence and persecution after traveling to Japan in the 17th century. The dramatic and historic focus of the story, and the fact that it’s been in development for almost three decades, makes it a prime pick for Best Picture.

the legendary Liam Nseson in the movie silence picture

The cast is also very promising, with Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List, Love Actually), Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, The Amazing Spiderman), and Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lincoln) all featured in this movie. With a November release date, odds are that Silence will send the cast and crew home with multiple awards next year.




  1. La La Land
la la land movie cast

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The musical romantic comedy La La Land is from writer-director Damien Chazelle, whose last year’s film Whiplash racked up the Oscar nominations after an early Sundance premiere. This gives his unique sounding next project a lot of potential and attention. The plot involves a jazz pianist played by heartthrob Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson, Blue Valentine) falling in love with a young actress played by Emma Stone (The Help, Birdman) in Los Angeles. This film also has award-winning J.K. Simmons (The Closer, Whiplash) in a prominent role. The previous success of musicals such as Chicago during awards ceremonies and Chazelle’s momentum make this prime for some Oscar wins.

The world premiere will not occur until August 31st, 2016 at the Venice Film Festival, and it hits theatre on December 2nd, so it’s too early to say what the critics will think of this movie. However, those release dates are prime slots for producers that think their movie is Oscar material.


  1. I really enjoyed the novel “Silence”, now I can’t wait to see the movie. I’m sure it would be very dramatic!

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