Awards hopefuls: are any coming out this month?

Pete Tubbs

Awards season is officially upon us, and that means that the moviegoing audience will get less big-budget blockbusters and more adult centered dramatic fare. October is usually known as the first quarter of the season, so these are the films that are future awards hopefuls that release this month.

A Star is Born

This Bradley Cooper directed film stars him, Lady Gaga, Dave Chappelle, and Sam Elliot. It’s the fourth version of the classic tale of love and fame. It is receiving some of the best reviews of the year so far, and is expected to be one of the highest grossing releases of the month to boot. There’s no reason to think that this one can’t at least be nominated for the top five Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress. It releases this Friday.

First Man

Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong in this film that covers the pre-launch of the Apollo 11 spaceship. The film is directed by the youngest Best Director winner of all time Damien Chazelle, so it’s not hard to see that this one’s got some potential.

Beautiful Boy

This Steve Carrell and Timothee Chalamet starrer is about a drug addict and his father struggling through life. It’s based on the true story of the Sheff family. Look for this one to be eligible for Best Actor and Supporting Actor, as well as an Adapted Screenplay nomination. It has a limited opening on the 19.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek stars as Freddie Mercury in this musical biopic that covers a few years in the tumultuous life of the band Queen. Look for this one to be eligible for Best Actor, Supporting Actor, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay. Other movies releasing this month that could have a chance include “Suspiria,” “Boy Erased,” “Bad Times at the El Royale,” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Whether or not these films win any awards come the end of the year, most of them are surely to be major critical and commercial hits regardless.