Its the most wonderful time of the year… awards season! To help keep your watchlist with only the best, we’re highlighting a few more Academy contenders that you’ll definitely NEED to see this December.

(If you missed watchlist round 1, click here!)

1. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

The New York Times says, “You don’t just watch Luca Guadagnino’s movies, you swoon into them.” And we are certainly swooning over CALL ME BY YOUR NAME! Touting an impeccable 98% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, Guadgnino’s latest is predicted by Indiewire to receive six Academy Awards nominations, especially following its wins at the Gotham Awards and Spirit Award nominations. Altogether sensual, transcendent and escapist, the film follows a blossoming summer romance between cultured young musician Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and American scholar Oliver (Armie Hammer). Both actors are on the shortlist for Academy nominations for their performances, and a Best Picture nomination would certainly not surprise critics, given the endless praise that this film is receiving, and its Best Picture win at the Gotham Awards. Here’s more of what the critics are saying:

“Raw, and real, and profoundly, indelibly moving.” -NPR

“The small miracle of the movie isn’t just that it tells a gay love story with such unreserved tenderness, but that it makes the fate of a romance not meant to last feel like much more than exquisitely framed filmmaking.” -Entertainment Weekly

“This isn’t just an instant LGBT classic; this is one of the great movie love stories, for audiences of all stripes.” -TheWrap

“One of the very best films of the year. Guadagnino, a master cinema sensualist, and his award-caliber actors Chalamet, Hammer and Stuhlbarg create a love story for the ages and a new film classic. Let it in.” -Rolling Stone

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Where to see it: 

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is now playing at Angelika New York’s sister location, The Paris Theater, and opens 12/15 at Angelika Mosaic and 12/22 at Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano, and Angelika Carmel Mountain.

2. DARKEST HOUR

With a lead performance by Gary Oldman that has all the critics raving, Joe Wright’s (ATOMENEMENT) DARKEST HOUR brings one of Winston Churchill’s most challenging moments to the big screen, that would ultimately change the course of history. Set in 1940, on the cusp of World War II and with the fall of France imminent, Churchill (Oldman) is presented with an ultimate choice, to either negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. This riveting true story is topping the Academy shortlist for best picture, and Rolling Stone raves, “Hello, Oscar! Gary Oldman gives the performance of the year as Winston Churchill in director Joe Wright’s rip-roaring take on the celebrated Prime Minister’s first tumultuous month in office.”

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Where to see it: 

DARKEST HOUR opens 12/8 at Angelika Mosaic and Angelika Plano.

3. THE DISASTER ARTIST

Remember THE ROOM? The film called “the Citizen Kane of bad movies”? Well, this new comedy from director/star James Franco brings audiences THE ROOM’s inception, as it centers on the life of its director and writer Tommy Wiseau, as he slowly becomes a legend in his own right, despite the fact that he had no idea what he was doing. The Huffington Post is predicting a Best Actor nomination for Franco, and the LA Times highlighted the film’s early awards buzz after its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. Intrigued? Here’s what the critics are saying:

“The Disaster Artist is funny from the beginning, but it becomes downright side-splitting once Tommy gets onto a film set.” -San Francisco Chronicle

“In a kooky yet vulnerable and heartfelt performance, Franco gets right at the heart of what makes Wiseau a true hero – his sheer willingness to try – and that is what makes “The Disaster Artist” work so well.” -Tribune News Service

“This sweet, affectionate (and unapologetically slight) comedy is an all-too-rare homage to harmless, hilarious incompetence.” -Washington Post

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Where to see it: 

THE DISASTER ARTIST opens 12/8 at Angelika Dallas and Angelika Carmel Mountain.