Get ready for awards sea­son, se­quels, re­makes

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COMMENTARY over “Dolemite Is My Name,” “Jojo Rab­bit,” “Knives Out” and “Rock­et­man.” South Korea’s “Par­a­site” is listed among for­eign lan­guage nom­i­nees, but could be a ma­jor player at the Acad­emy Awards. No for­eign lan­guage film has ever won best pic­ture at the Os­cars.

The Os­car nom­i­na­tions will be an­nounced Jan. 13. The 92nd an­nual awards will be pre­sented Feb. 9 on ABC, ear­lier than ever for the broad­cast.

The Acad­emy Awards will be com­pet­ing for at­ten­tion in a busy cal­en­dar that in­cludes the Gram­mys on Jan. 26, the Su­per Bowl on Feb. 2 and the NBA All Star Game on Feb. 16.

More movie prizes will be handed out at the Crit­ics’ Choice Awards Jan. 12 on The CW, the Screen Ac­tors Guild Awards Jan. 19 on TBS and TNT, and the BAFTA Film Awards Feb. 2 on BBC Amer­ica. Gra­ham

Nor­ton hosts the BAF­TAs in Lon­don. The Globes are usu­ally the most fun, but the Os­cars re­main the most cov­eted.

Di­rec­tor Sam Men­des’ “1917,” a World War I drama, is likely to re­ceive recog­ni­tion for its cine­matog­ra­phy, pro­duc­tion de­sign and sound. Shot in what re­sem­bles one take, the film has an en­velop­ing style that should be ex­pe­ri­enced in the­aters.

An­other holdover from 2019 is “Just Mercy” with Michael B. Jor­dan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Lar­son. This fact-based le­gal drama about the death penalty opens Jan. 10.

Enzian is ten­ta­tively set to open “Os­car Shorts 2020” on Jan. 31. The Mait­land theater also has sched­uled “Por­trait of a Lady on Fire,” a gor­geous French drama, on Feb. 21. This haunt­ing gay love story about a painter and her re­mote sub­ject is a Golden

Globe nom­i­nee for for­eign lan­guage film.

At the mul­ti­plex, se­quels and fran­chises will con­tinue to reign in early 2020. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence re­unite for “Bad Boys for Life,” out Jan. 17. Robert Downey Jr. takes over as “Dolit­tle,” the man who can talk to an­i­mals, also Jan. 17.

Mar­got Rob­bie re­turns as Harley Quinn in “Birds of Prey,” out Feb. 7. Emily Blunt is back as the fierce mother in “A Quiet Place: Part II,” with hus­band John Krasin­ski di­rect­ing. The se­quel to the 2018 thriller ar­rives March 20.

Dis­ney ex­tends its live­ac­tion ver­sions of an­i­mated fa­vorites with “Mu­lan,” open­ing March 27. (For some­thing new, Pixar of­fers “On­ward,” the an­i­mated saga of two teen elf brothers, on March 6.)

Daniel Craig plays James Bond for the fifth and fi­nal time in “No Time to Die,” set for April 8. This time, 007 is pit­ted against the vil­lain Safin (played by Os­car win­ner Rami Malek).

Mar­vel presents “Black Widow,” with Scar­lett Jo­hans­son in the ti­tle role, on May 1. The strong sup­port­ing cast fea­tures Florence Pugh, David Har­bour and Rachel Weisz.

If you want more off­beat fare, look to the 29th Florida

Film Fes­ti­val, which runs April 17-26. The fes­ti­val’s theme will be “Mind Blow­ing Movies,” and Enzian says the lineup of 180 films will con­tain more than 20 world pre­mieres.


Ge­orge MacKay, cen­ter, stars in “1917” from di­rec­tor Sam Men­des (“Sky­fall,” “Amer­i­can Beauty”).


Michael B. Jor­dan, left, and Jamie Foxx in “Just Mercy.”

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