Awards Season 2017 is in full swing with the big one, The Oscars, just around the corner on 26 February. The frocks, the fans and the bonkers acceptance speeches are always our favourite parts of the package but post awards analysis is way more fun if you’ve already seen the main contenders. So, if you’ve got a babysitter booked this weekend or reckon you can get away with sneaking in to another screen while the kids watch Sing over half term, these are our pick of the bunch.
La La Land
What do you mean you haven’t seen it yet? Despite not winning the landslide that was expected at the Baftas, this remains the most-hyped feature of the season. And in this case, we’d say that hype is to be believed – even if you don’t normally do musicals. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and sun-drenched LA in all its glory.
Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) and Nicole Kidman star in this heart-wrenching true story about an adopted boy’s Google Earth search for his real mother and first home in a small village in India. A truly extraordinary real-life odyssey.
The unsung heroes of the Space Race are the stars of this biographical drama recounting the stories of African-American women mathematicians working at NASA in the 1960s. For feel-good factor alone this is our winner.
Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, this heart-breaking coming-of-age story follows a gay black man growing up in modern day America. A must-see for its low key, compassionate and compelling look at a life lived in the shadows.
Manchester By the Sea
Beautifully acted by Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck, Manchester By the Sea is a sombre and intense story about a Boston janitor who has to care for his dead brother’s son. Touching, absorbing, even funny in places, it’s already been hailed a masterpiece by critics