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This year there were 341 films eligible for the Best Picture Oscar, but only these nine made the cut.

Which movie will the 7,258 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences choose as its Best Picture? It's a wide open race and tough year to predict, and still too early to tell. (Full Oscar predictions coming closer to Oscar night.)

Below are links to the punchdrunkmovies.com reviews for the nine nominated films. You can find reviews of the Foreign Language Oscar nominees here.

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The summer movie season is officially behind us (thankfully), so it’s time to get excited for the Oscar bait that comes every autumn.

Indeed, a quick look at the upcoming release schedule suggests there’s plenty to look forward to between now and Christmas. Remember release dates are subject to change, but you’ll want to keep this lighthearted preview handy to know what to look for.

September 8
“It”
Not sure what’s scarier: The return of Stephen King’s shape-shifting clown who terrorizes kids, or the fact that the movie is two hours and 15 minutes.

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As usual, you will not need your brain for most of the 2017 summer movie season.  

Assembling this list is an annual exercise in familiarity, as sequels, franchise properties and R-rated comedies are clearly en vogue with moviegoers. Originality is only welcome in bits and pieces. This lighthearted look at what’s to come from May through July begins with the current Gods of the Box Office, Marvel Studios, it ends with, of all people, Al Gore.

May 5
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) seeks his father with the help of the Guardians and an awesome soundtrack in this sequel to the breakout 2014 hit. Director James Gunn said there are five post credit scenes, which seems excessive, but if it’s half as fun as the original, we won’t be able to get enough.  

May 12
“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”
On one hand it’s another “King Arthur” movie. On another hand it’s a Guy Ritchie flick, and if he can breathe life into “Sherlock Holmes,” imagine what he could do with the folklore here.

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La La Land wins six, but it's this year's indie darling Moonlight that takes Best Picture.

The first 12 awards went to different movies, then it became the La La Land and Moonlight show in the second half of the evening, culminating in the most embarrassing event in the history of the Academy Awards. To explain: Best Picture presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope and announced La La Land as the winner, causing the "La La" team to come on stage. Moments later, producers ran out on stage with the correct envelope and it was announced that Moonlight actually won Best Picture. Unbelievable.

As for the rest of the evening, the love was spread around quite democratically, with Manchester By The Sea and Hacksaw Ridge winning two apiece, and no other movie winning more than one. Host Jimmy Kimmel had some hits and misses, but overall may have been too inconsistent to be invited back next year. Here are my thoughts as the show went on. A complete list of winners is at the bottom.

8:30 p.m. (ET) - Such a cool and smart way to start with Justin Timberlake singing "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from Trolls. Great, positive energy, and one of the best openings to an Oscar ceremony that I can remember.

8:36 - A bit surprised host Jimmy Kimmel would go political, but he has a nice message: Have a conversation with someone you disagree with, and listen. Still, have to wonder if people are turning the show off because they don't want to hear Hollywood go political. But let's remember: This type of humor is what he does on his late night show, so it's certainly not out of character.

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