22 films to put on your radar this awards season

Posted on 03 Sep 2015 at 8:03am

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as trans woman Lili Elbe in ‘The Danish Girl.’

In Friday’s edition, you can read our interview with Grandma star Lily Tomlin, who gives a dynamic, Oscar-worthy turn as an outspoken lesbian helping her granddaughter get an abortion. It got us thinking: Fall is when the award-caliber movies start to roll out, so what else out there is likely to be on deck for Oscar consideration? Here’s a roundup of 22 films, from now until the end of the year, that show the most promise to be critical darlings … or appeal to LGBT audiences.

Stonewall (Sept. 25). Gay director Roland Emmerich’s (fictionalized) portrayal of the events leading up to the modern gay rights movement.

The Martian (Oct. 2). Matt Damon in the film adaptation of this fan-favorite novel about a human abandoned on Mars.

Freeheld (Oct. 2). Julianne Moore, the most recent Oscar winner for best actress, teams with out actress Ellen Page in this true story about a lesbian couple’s fight to have their relationship recognized.

Steve Jobs (Oct. 9). Oscar winner Danny Boyle’s biopic, with Michael Fassbender as the tech genius.

The Walk (Oct. 9). Robert Zemeckis’ dizzying true story about a French daredevil who walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers. Based on the Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire.

Bridge of Spies (Oct. 16). Spielberg. Hanks. Espionage.

Burnt (Oct. 23). Foodies will likely flock to see Bradley Cooper as a chef driven to success.

Suffragette (Oct. 23 — limited). Portrait of the early feminist movement in England, with Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep as Mrs. Pankhurst.

Our Brand is Crisis (Oct. 30). Sandra Bullock stars in this satire of the publicity industry.

Spectre (Nov. 6). Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in the latest 007 adventure from gay writer John Logan.

Trumbo (Nov. 6). Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston plays the most famous blacklisted writer from Hollywood’s Communist witch hunts.

Spotlight (Nov. 6). Journalists investigate allegations of priest sexual abuse in the Boston archdiocese.

The Secrets in Their Eyes (Nov. 20). English-language adaption of the Oscar-winning foreign-language film about cops obsessed with bringing a killer to justice.

Creed (Nov. 25). Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed, teaming with his dad’s rival and friend Rocky Balboa (Stallone).

The Danish Girl (Nov. 25 — limited). Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne plays transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in Tom Hooper’s much-anticipated new film.

Macbeth (Dec. 4). Fassbender again, as Shakespeare’s craven king.

In the Heart of the Sea (Dec. 11). Ron Howard directed Chris Hemsworth in this seafaring epic about a ship terrorized by a huge whale.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Dec. 18). Come on.

Joy (Dec. 25). David O. Russell’s story about a woman (Jennifer Lawrence) who becomes a captain of industry against the odds.

Snowden (Dec. 25). Oliver Stone tackles politics once again, showing us a portrait of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who revealed the world’s secrets to gay journalists Glenn Greenwald (Zachary Quinto) and Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo).

The Hateful Eight (Dec. 25 — limited). Quentin Tarantino’s new Western, with Channing Tatum.

The Revenant (Dec. 25 — limited). Leonardo DiCarprio stars in another Western from newly-minted Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Inarritu (Birdman).

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