Birdman‘s huge success at the last Academy Awards confirmed that technical prowess is just as important as strong characters and a great script. But this year looks to be awash with typical Oscar dramas, full of stars that are on the cusp of greatness, veterans whose Oscars are overdue, and Meryl Streep.
From tightrope walking to female rights, it’s no surprise that many of this year’s hopefuls are based on true stories, as many films are nowadays. However, there are a few originals to watch out for also.
The following ten films is our annual shortlist of those films we think you should be keeping a close eye on as awards season progresses. Use the page numbers to scroll through the list and let us know what you think – give your own predictions below!