Now, I am going to go through everything that just came out and see which ones already have a shot at getting nominated at the 90th Annual Academy Awards. Let's not forget that the Academy has favored movies from the early half of the year plenty of times before, and particularly in the technical categories, there were plenty from these past six months that have a chance of getting nominated or even winning something!
From what I could tell, if anything was nominated early in the year, it was from a director the Academy has already acknowledged more than once (whether it's Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel or Michael Bay for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi) or something that already gained plenty of public interest (like The Silence of the Lambs or Mad Max: Fury Road). I'm not going to mention anything that hasn't premiered yet, because how are we supposed to know as of now that Alexander Payne's Downsizing won't disappoint? This is only formulated from present-day speculation.
So without further ado, here is everything that I think has a shot at winning Oscar gold: