The 2017 Telluride Lineup Previews The Oscar Race

The King-Maker has decided, ladies and gentlemen! Yes, the Telluride Film Festival has established themselves as the finest, strongest film festival in the world, has announced its lineup. This is a big deal, as seven of the last eight Best Picture winners premiered at the festival, with six of those coming consecutively (The King’s Speech through Moonlight). Based on this statistic, one could assume that one of six films will be our Best Picture winner, with six others looking to be big awards contenders.

On a preliminary glance at the lineup, there are six films that I can tell could be our big Oscar winner: Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, Todd HaynesWonderstruck, Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. The last three seem like the most likely contenders, especially considering the strong reviews they’ve been receiving so far. Other films worth mention include the Billie Jean King biopic Battle of the Sexes, the Annette Bening vehicle Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, the Christian Bale historical epic Hostiles, the Russian drama Loveless, the new Ken Burns documentary The Vietnam War, and the new Agnes Varda film Faces Places.

I’ll have updates on these films as the reviews roll in. Until then, you can enjoy the full lineup below.

Official Lineup

Arthur Miller: Writer (d. Rebecca Miller)
Battle of the Sexes (d. Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton)
Darkest Hour (d. Joe Wright)
Downsizing (d. Alexander Payne)
Eating Animals (d. Christopher Quinn)
Faces Places (d. Agnes Varda)
A Fantastic Woman (d. Sebastián Lelio)
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (d. Paul McGuigan)
First Reformed (d. Paul Schrader)
First They Killed My Father (d. Angelina Jolie)
Foxtrot (d. Samuel Maoz)
Hostages (d. Rezo Gigineishvili)
Hostiles (d. Scott Cooper)
Human Flow (d. Ai Weiwei)
The Insult (d. Ziad Doueiri)
Lady Bird (d. Greta Gerwig)
Land of the Free (d. Camilla Magid)
Lean on Pete (d. Andrew Haigh)
Loveless (d. Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Love, Cecil (d. Lisa Immordino Vreeland)
Loving Vincent (d. Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman)
A Man of Integrity (d. Mohammad Rasoulof)
The Other Side of Hope (d. Aki Kaurismäki)
The Rider (d. Chloé Zhao)
The Shape of Water (d. Guillermo del Toro)
Tesnota” (d. Kantemir Balagov)
The Venerable W. (d. Barbet Schroeder)
The Vietnam War (d. Ken Burns, Lynn Novick)
Wormwood (d. Errol Morris)
Wonderstruck (d. Todd Haynes)

Revival Selections by GUEST DIRECTOR Joshua Oppenheimer

Even Dwarfs Started Small (d. Werner Herzog, West Germany, 1970)
Hotel of the Stars (d. Jon Bang Carlsen, Denmark, 1981)
The Night of the Hunter (d. Charles Laughton, U.S., 1955)
Salam Cinema (d. Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran, 1995)
Titicut Follies (d. Frederick Wiseman, U.S., 1967)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (d. Jacques Demy, France, 1964)

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