Fall Movie Preview: Oscar Contenders

Historical dramas and biopics dominate the upcoming slate of films vying for Oscar attention.

Forest Whitaker, second right, and a host of A-list actors star in "Lee Daniel's The Butler."

Forest Whitaker, second right, and a host of A-list actors star in "Lee Daniel's The Butler." Historical dramas crowd this fall's field of Oscar contenders.

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"Saving Mr. Banks" (Dec. 20 in the U.K.; a U.S. release date is expected for mid-December as well)


Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the story behind the classic film "Mary Poppins." Hollywood loves rewarding movies about itself (see: "The Artist," "Argo"), so "Saving Mr. Banks" has Oscar-bait written all over it.

 

"August: Osage County" (Dec. 25)


This family drama brings together Academy Award winners Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep, who can score an Oscar nod just by breathing.

"Labor Day" (Dec. 25)


Paramount isn't saying much about "Labor Day," about a single mother (Kate Winslet) who aids a convict (Josh Brolin), as told from the perspective of her adolescent son. But its dark subject matter and December release date suggests the studio thinks its awards-worthy.

 

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (Dec. 25)


Ben Stiller reportedly told Fox that his $90 million film will be more like "Forrest Gump" than "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (though the trailer certainly points to the latter). "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is not to be missed, but is it too quirky for Oscar sensitivities? More News:

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