Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s the most wonderful time of year again (and not just for your overly cheery in-laws who have had their Christmas decorations up since Thanksgiving day). It’s Oscar-bait season! That means moviegoers will flock in packs to their local theaters to indulge in over-acting, heart-wrenching scores and narratives based on true stories that just happen to unfold in perfect three-act format.
In case you don’t have time to make it to the theater this holiday season, we have compiled a list of all of the early Oscar frontrunners in the major categories and broken down exactly why they are being considered synonymous with ‘excellence’ (at least according to the Academy, who never gets it wrong, ever). We’ve also submitted our picks for the winner of each category. Happy movie-going!