The Contenders

Dolemite Is My Name
Photograph: Courtesy Netflix Dolemite is My Name. 2019. USA. Directed by Craig Brewer.

Time Out says

Organized by The Museum of Modern Art and presented by the Hammer Museum, “The Contenders” series presents 10 influential, innovative films made in the past year that MoMA’s Department of Film believes are bound for big things (whether that means awards season glory or cult classic status). In addition to screenings of all ten films, most will be accompanied by a director or actor from the project.

This year’s picks include Dolemite Is My Name (with a Q&A with Eddie Murphy), The Report (with director Scott Z. Burns), Parasite (with director Bong Joon-ho), One Child Nation (with director Nanfu Wang), The Farewell (with director Lulu Wang), Booksmart (with director Olivia Wilde), The Irshman (with an intro from Sebastian Maniscalco), Marriage Story (with Laura Dern), Judy (with Renee Zellweger) and Monos (with director Alejandro Landes).

“The Contenders” isn’t strictly an awards season spoiler; MoMA considers its picks as movies that will stand the test of time. But the series has turned out to be a pretty good Oscars predictor, with 7 out of the 10 featured films grabbing nominations in 2017, and 8 out of 10 in 2016.

Tickets for the screenings and post-film panels are available November 12 for $20 (or $10 for Hammer members, who have a shot at tickets starting November 6).



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