Five More Oscar Hopefuls You Shouldn’t Count Out!

There are just  too many promising-looking  films vying for Academy voters this year—don’t forget to factor in some of these pics:

Broken Embraces (Los Abrazos Rotos): This film pairs the great Pedro Almódovar with his favorite leading lady–muse Penélope Cruz in a thriller about a blind writer (Lluís Homar) who must heal his wounds from the past. (Dec. 11, Sony Pictures Classic)

White Ribbon (Das weiße Band): Michael Haneke rebounds from the critical thrashing his Funny Games remake received with this drama that seemed to win just about everything there was to be won at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. (Dec. 25, Sony Pictures Classic)  

Bright Star: The Piano’s Jane Campion is back with this ultra-romantic-looking period film that centers around the passionate love affair between poet John Keats (Brideshead Revisited’s Ben Whishaw) and Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish), plus our favorite soon-to-be megastar, Paul Schneider. Prepare to swoon! (Apparition, September 16)  

An Education: Speaking of swooning, here’s a question: What’s better than Peter Sarsgaard? Peter Sarsgaard with an English accent! This film makes our heart beat faster just thinking about it: Set in 1960s suburban London, it is a coming-of-age story about a teenager who falls for a man twice her age. Doctor Who fans should rejoice at seeing Carey Mulligan in the starring role, with Mr. Sarsgaard as the older man; it co-stars Alfred Molina, Rosamund Pike, Olivia Williams, Dominic Cooper and Emma Thompson, with a screenplay written by Nick Hornby. (October 9, Sony Pictures Classic)

Sherlock Holmes: Robert Downey, Jr. takes on the role of super sleuth, with Jude Law stepping in as the faithful Watson, and Rachel McAdams looking charming as usual. Will this be just a super-fun popcorn flick? Or can director Guy Richie and the ridiculously talented Downey translate this Christmas movie into some sparkly gold hardware? (December 25, Warner Brothers) Five More Oscar Hopefuls You Shouldn’t Count Out!