[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ebruary is the month of the Oscar films. With six academy award nominated films up for your viewing pleasure, it’s no wonder that people will be fleeing the cold and going to the cinema this month. In particular, Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance The Shape Of Water has made a rumble in the press with an impressive 13 Oscar nominations – including Best Picture and Best Director. So get your Oscar-watching checklist at the ready and get deciding on who you think will win.

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PHANTOM THREAD

Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville

Set in 1950’s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover. (IMDB)

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson

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ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ

Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell

Roman J. Israel, Esq., a driven, idealistic defense attorney, finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a crisis and the necessity for extreme action. (IMDB)

Director: Dan Gilroy

Writer: Dan Gilroy

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THE MERCY

Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz

The incredible story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The struggles he confronted on the journey while his family awaited his return is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times. (IMDB)

Director: James Marsh

Writer: Scott Z. Burns

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BLACK PANTHER

Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o

T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. (IMDB)

Director: Ryan Coogler

Writer(s): Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole

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THE SHAPE OF WATER

THE SHAPE OF WATER

Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity. (IMDB)

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Writer(s): Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor

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LADY BIRD

Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf

In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California. (IMDB)

Director: Greta Gerwig

Writer: Greta Gerwig

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I, TONYA

Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes. (IMDB)

Director: Craig Gillespie

Writer: Steven Rogers

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