Award Show Gold: The Movies and Actors We’re Most Likely to See During Award Season

Regina Hall

Regina Hall, whose talents have previously been featured in movies like Love & Basketball and Girls Trip, proved this year that you don’t have to have a pedigreed resume to be a major award season contender. In fact, her performance in Support the Girls, a movie about a highway-side sports bar, is the glue that holds the entire film together. She’s always been a great ensemble player, but Support the Girls gave her the chance to step to the forefront for the first time.

So far, she hasn’t appeared on many lists for potential nomination, but she did attract the attention of both New York Times film critics. Hall and Yalitza Aparicio were the only actresses that they both agreed should be nominated for Best Actress.

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First Reformed

First Reformed stars Ethan Hawke as a Protestant minister grappling with faith and morality while serving at a small historic church in New York. The movie is an interesting look at modern religiosity and faith in an era of warfare, technology, and increasing competition from different sects.

First Reformed is written and directed by Paul Schrader, who is responsible for the screenplays of Scorsese’s most famous movies — Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, and The Last Temptation of Christ. Considering Schrader is a well-respected veteran of this category, it’s likely that the movie will be nominated for Best Screenplay along with a potential Best Actor nod for Ethan Hawke as well.

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If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk is an ensemble drama about a rape charge that rips a young couple apart. The film garnered notice for appearing high on President Obama’s list of his favorite films of 2018. The movie is directed by Barry Jenkins, who returned to Hollywood in 2016 after an eight-year absence with the Best Picture-winning Moonlight.

If Beale Street Could Talk is based on a book by James Baldwin, and while it hasn’t been hyped as much as Moonlight, it’s still receiving major award buzz. Expect to see nominations for Brian Tyree Henry in the Best Supporting Actor category, Regina King for Best Supporting Actress, and definitely Best Adapted Screenplay.

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