2024 Oscars: Best Picture Predictions [UPDATED: September 4, 2023]

The 2024 Oscars is set for March 10, 2024 in its traditional home, the Dolby Theater. Films released theatrically from January 1 to December 31 of 2023 are eligible for consideration for the 96th annual Academy Awards. Scroll down for our updated 2024 Oscar predictions for Best Picture. (Only movies confirmed for release in 2023 are included; keep checking back as new contenders enter the race.)

Some of the early Oscar hopefuls were launched at Sundance in January and Cannes in May. Four more film festivals — Telluride, Venice, Toronto and New York — will showcase more movies. However, the ongoing writers and actors strikes could reduce the visibility of those contenders.  Likewise for those films that forego the festival circuit entirely.

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Voting for the 10 shortlisted categories runs from Dec. 14 to 18, with the semi-finalists revealed on Dec. 21. Nominations voting kicks off on Jan. 11, 2024 for six days with the slate of final contenders announced on Jan. 23. Final voting starts on Feb. 22 and is over six days later.

To make our 2024 Oscar predictions for Best Picture, we consider many factors: the pedigree of the filmmakers, the critical reception to their previous films, the box office tally and the track record of the studios.

UPDATED: September 4, 2023


“Air” (Amazon/Warner Bros.)
Release date: April 5, 2023
Director: Ben Affleck
Writer: Alex Convery
Cast: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Viola Davis
Plot: “Follows the history of sports marketing executive Sonny Vaccaro, and how he led Nike in its pursuit of the greatest athlete in the history of basketball, Michael Jordan.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%
Metacritic Score: 73

“Anatomy of a Fall” (Le Pacte)
Release date: August 23, 2023
Director: Justine Triet
Writer: Justine Triet and Arthur Harari
Cast: Sandra Hüller, Swann Arlaud, Milo Machado-Graner, Antoine Reinartz
Plot: “A woman is suspected of her husband’s murder, and their blind son faces a moral dilemma as the sole witness.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
Metacritic: 89

“Barbie” (Warner Bros.)
Release date: July 21, 2023
Director: Greta Gerwig
Writer: Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach
Cast: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, America Ferrera, Issa Rae
Plot: “Barbie suffers a crisis that leads her to question her world and her existence.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%
Metacritic: 80

“The Boys in the Boat” (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Release date: December 25, 2023
Director: George Clooney
Writer: Mark L. Smith
Cast: Callum Turner, Joel Edgerton, Jack Mulhern, Sam Strike
Plot: “A 1930s-set story centered on the University of Washington’s rowing team, from their Depression-era beginnings to winning gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“The Color Purple” (Warner Bros.)
Release date: December 25, 2023
Director: Blitz Bazawule
Writer: Marcus Gardley
Cast: Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo
Plot: “Musical adaptation of Alice Walker‘s novel about the life-long struggles of an African American woman living in the south during the early 1900s.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“The Holdovers” (Focus Features)
Release date: October 27, 2023
Director: Alexander Payne
Writer: David Hemingson
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Carrie Preston, Dominic Sessa
Plot: “The disliked Barton Academy teacher Paul Hunham is responsible for supervising the students who are unable to return to their homes for Christmas break. He is forced to deal with one particularly rebellious student, Angus.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“Killers of the Flower Moon” (Apple/Paramount)
Release date: October 6, 2023
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Martin Scorsese and Eric Roth
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons
Plot: “Members of the Osage tribe in the United States are murdered under mysterious circumstances in the 1920s, sparking a major F.B.I. investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“Maestro” (Netflix)
Release date: TBD
Director: Bradley Cooper
Writer: Bradley Cooper and Josh Singer
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Carey Mulligan, Matt Bomer, Maya Hawke
Plot: “The complex love of Leonard and Felicia, from the time they met in 1946 at a party and continuing through two engagements, a 25-year marriage, and three children.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“Napoleon” (Apple/Columbia)
Release date: November 22, 2023
Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: David Scarpa
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Vanessa Kirby, Tahar Rahim, Ben Miles
Plot: “The film takes a personal look at Napoleon Bonaparte‘s origins, and his swift, ruthless climb to emperor viewed through the prism of his addictive, and often volatile, relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“Oppenheimer” (Universal)
Release date: July 21, 2023
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon
Plot: “The story of American scientist, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and his role in the development of the atomic bomb.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
Metacritic: 88

“Past Lives” (A24)
Release date: June 2, 2023
Director: Celine Song
Writer: Celine Song
Cast: Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, John Magaro, Choi Won-young
Plot: “Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrested apart after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea. Twenty years later, they are reunited for one fateful week as they confront notions of love and destiny.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%
Metacritic: 94

“Poor Things” (Searchlight)
Release date: January 12, 2024
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Writer: Tony McNamara
Cast: Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Yousseff
Plot: “The incredible tale about the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter, a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“Saltburn” (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Release date: November 24, 2023
Director: Emerald Fennell
Writer: Emerald Fennell
Cast: Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant
Plot: “A college student develops an infatuation with a charismatic classmate, who invites him to meet his aristocratic but eccentric family over the summer.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” (Sony)
Release date: June 2, 2023
Director: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson
Writer: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Dave Callaham
Cast: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Tyree Henry, Oscar Isaac
Plot: “Miles Morales catapults across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. When the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles must redefine what it means to be a hero.”
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Metacritic Score: 86

“The Zone of Interest” (A24)
Release date: December 8, 2023
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Writer: Jonathan Glazer
Cast: Sandra Hüller, Christian Friedel, Medusa Knopf, Daniel Holzberg
Plot: “The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife Hedwig, strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD


“A Little Prayer” (SPC)
Release date: January 2024
Director: Angus MacLachlan
Writer: Angus MacLachlan
Cast: David Strathairn, Jane Levy, Celia Weston, Will Pullen
Plot: “A man tries to protect his daughter-in-law when he finds out his son is having an affair.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%
Metacritic: 82

“A Thousand and One” (Focus Features)
Release date: March 31, 2023
Director: A.V. Rockwell
Writer: A.V. Rockwell
Cast: Teyana Taylor, Will Catlett, Terri Abney, Josiah Cross
Plot: “After unapologetic and fiercely loyal Inez kidnaps her son Terry from the foster care system, mother and son set out to reclaim their sense of home, identity, and stability, in a rapidly changing New York City.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
Metacritic Score: 81

“Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret” (Lionsgate)
Release date: April 28, 2023
Director: Kelly-Fremon Craig
Writer: Kelly-Fremon Craig
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Benny Safdie, Abby Ryder Fortson
Plot: “When her family moves from the city to the suburbs, 11-year-old Margaret navigates new friends, feelings, and the beginning of adolescence.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%
Metacritic: 84

“Asteroid City” (Focus Features)
Release date: June 16, 2023
Director: Wes Anderson
Writer: Wes Anderon and Roman Coppola
Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jeffrey Wright
Plot: “Following a writer on his world famous fictional play about a grieving father who travels with his tech-obsessed family to small rural Asteroid City to compete in a junior stargazing event, only to have his world view disrupted forever.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%
Metacritic: 74

“Ferrari” (Neon)
Release date: December 25, 2023
Director: Michael Mann
Writer: Troy Kennedy Martin
Cast: Adam Driver, Penélope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, Jack O’Connell
Plot: “The life story of Italian sports car entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“The Iron Claw” (A24)
Release date: December 22, 2023
Director: Sean Durkin
Writer: Sean Durkin
Cast: Zac Efron, Lily James, Jeremy Allen White, Harris Dickinson, Maura Tierney
Plot: “The true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers, who made history in the intensely competitive world of professional wrestling in the early 1980s.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“The Killer” (Netflix)
Release date: November 10, 2023
Director: David Fincher
Writer: Andrew Kevin Walker
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Charles Parnell, Tilda Swinton, Arliss Howard
Plot: “After a fateful near-miss an assassin battles his employers, and himself, on an international manhunt he insists isn’t personal.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“Lee” (Sky Cinema)
Release date: TBD
Director: Ellen Kuras
Writer: Lem Dobbs, Marion Hume, John Collee, and Liz Hannah
Cast: Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård
Plot: “The story of photographer Elizabeth ‘Lee’ Miller, a fashion model who became an acclaimed war correspondent for Vogue magazine during World War II.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“May December” (Netflix)
Release date: November 17, 2023
Director: Todd Haynes
Writer: Samy Burch and Alex Mechanik
Cast: Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Charles Melton, Piper Curda
Plot: “Twenty years after their notorious tabloid romance gripped the nation, a married couple buckles under the pressure when an actress arrives to do research for a film about their past.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“Next Goal Wins” (Searchlight)
Release date: November 17, 2023
Director: Taika Waititi
Writer: Taika Waititi and Iain Morris
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Elisabeth Moss, Oscar Kightley, Will Arnett
Plot: “The story of the infamously terrible American Samoa soccer team, known for a brutal 2001 FIFA match they lost 31-0.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“Rustin” (Netflix)
Release date: November 3, 2023
Director: George C. Wolfe
Writer: Julian Breece and Dustin Lance Black
Cast: Colman Domingo, Chris Rock, Glynn Turman, Aml Ameen
Plot: “Gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin organized the 1963 March on Washington.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD


“Beau is Afraid” (A24)
Release date: April 14, 2021
Director: Ari Aster
Writer: Ari Aster
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Patti LuPone, Amy Ryan, Nathan Lane
Plot: “Following the sudden death of his mother, a mild-mannered but anxiety-ridden man confronts his darkest fears as he embarks on an epic, Kafkaesque odyssey back home.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%
Metacritic Score: 63

“The Bikeriders” (20th Century)
Release date: December 1, 2023
Director: Jeff Nichols
Writer: Jeff Nichols
Cast: Tom Hardy, Austin Butler, Jodie Comer, Michael Shannon
Plot: “It follows the rise of a Midwestern motorcycle club through the lives of its members.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“Bob Marley: One Love” (Paramount)
Release date: January 12, 2024
Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Writer: Zach Baylin, Frank E. Flowers, and Terence Winter
Cast: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Lashana Lynch, Jesse Cilio, James Norton
Plot: “A look at the life of legendary reggae musician Bob Marley.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“Creed III” (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Release date: March 3, 2023
Director: Michael B. Jordan
Writer: Ryan Coogler, Keenan Coogler, and Zach Baylin
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Jonathan Majors, Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris
Plot: “Adonis has been thriving in both his career and family life, but when a childhood friend and former boxing prodigy resurfaces, the face-off is more than just a fight.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%
Metacritic Score: 73

“Elemental” (Disney)
Release date: June 16, 2023
Director: Peter Sohn
Writer: Peter Sohn, John Hoberg, Kat Likkel, and Brenda Hsueh
Cast: Leah Lewis, Mamoudou Athie, Ronnie del Carmen, Catherine O’Hara
Plot: “Follows Ember and Wade, in a city where fire-, water-, land- and air-residents live together.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%
Metacritic: 58

“Firebrand” (Amazon)
Release date: TBC
Director: Karim Aïnouz
Writer: Henrietta Ashworth and Jessica Ashworth
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Jude Law, Sam Riley, Eddie Marsan
Plot: “Follows Queen Catherine Parr and Henry VIII‘s marriage.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“Freud’s Last Session” (TBD)
Release date: TBD
Director: Matt Brown
Writer: Mark St. Germain
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Goode, Liv Lisa Fries, Jodi Balfour
Plot: “It tells of a meeting between C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud and the debate on God that follows, and discussions of the nature of their relationships with other people such as Freud’s daughter.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant” (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Release date: April 21, 2023
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Guy Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson, and Marn Davies
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dar Salim, Jason Wong, Johnny Lee Miller
Plot: “During the war in Afghanistan, a local interpreter risks his own life to carry an injured sergeant across miles of grueling terrain.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%
Metacritic Score: 63

“Indiana Jone and the Dial of Destiny” (Disney)
Release date: June 30, 2023
Director: James Mangold
Writer: James Mangold, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and David Koepp
Cast: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Antonio Banderas
Plot: “Archaeologist Indiana Jones races against time to retrieve a legendary artifact that can change the course of history.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%
Metacritic Score: 57

“Infinity Pool” (Elevation Pictures)
Release date: January 22, 2023
Director: Brandon Cronenberg
Writer: Brandon Cronenberg
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård,  Mia Goth, Cleopatra Coleman, Jalil Lespert
Plot: “James and Em Foster are enjoying an all-inclusive beach vacation in the fictional island of La Tolqa, when a fatal accident exposes the resort’s perverse subculture of hedonistic tourism, reckless violence and surreal horrors.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%
Metacritic Score: 72

“John Wick: Chapter Four” (Lionsgate)
Release date: March 24, 2023
Director: Chad Stahelski
Writer: Shay Hatten and Michael Finch
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Laurence Fishburne
Plot: “John Wick uncovers a path to defeating The High Table. But before he can earn his freedom, Wick must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe and forces that turn old friends into foes.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
Metacritic Score: 78

“Magazine Dreams” (Searchlight Pictures)
Release date: December 8, 2023
Director: Elijah Bynum
Writer: Elijah Bynum
Cast: Jonathan Major, Haley Bennett, Taylour Paige, Mike O’Hearn
Plot: “A Black amateur bodybuilder struggles to find human connection in this exploration of celebrity and violence.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: TBD
Metacritic: TBD

“Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One” (Paramount)
Release date: July 12, 2023
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Writer: Christopher McQuarrie and Erik Jendresen
Cast: Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg
Plot: “Ethan Hunt and his IMF team must track down a dangerous weapon before it falls into the wrong hands.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
Metacritic: 81

“Nimona” (Netflix)
Release date: June 23, 2023
Director: Nick Bruno and Troy Quane
Writer: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane, Robert L. Baird, Lloyd Taylor, Pamela Ribon, Marc Haimes, and Keith Bunin
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Riz Ahmed, Eugene Lee Yang, Frances Conroy
Plot: “When a knight in a futuristic medieval world is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, the only one who can help him prove his innocence is Nimona — a mischievous teen who happens to be a shapeshifting creature he’s sworn to destroy.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
Metacritic Score: 75

“Tetris” (Apple)
Release date: March 31, 2023
Director: Jon S. Baird
Writer: Noah Pink
Cast: Taron Egerton, Nikita Yefremov, Sofia Lebedeva, Anthony Boyle
Plot: “The story of how one of the world’s most popular video games found its way to players around the globe. Businessman Henk Rogers and Tetris inventor Alexey Pajitnov join forces in the USSR, risking it all to bring Tetris to the masses.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%
Metacritic Score: 61

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