It’s the most wonderful time of the year: awards season! The film studios release their award-worthy offerings around the holidays, when they’ll be fresh in the minds of the people who vote on such things. And this mama loves Oscar bait. Sure, summer superheroes are fun, but if I’m going to pay for a babysitter and schlep to the theatre then that film better be worth the three pounds I’m going to gain from eating all the Reese’s Pieces.
So I’m happy to report that when it comes to smart, layered, emotionally complex stories, Hollywood is really bringing it this year. Here are 10 totally worth-it films that will grab your full attention and stay with you long after you leave the theatre. Pick one for date night, and I guarantee you’ll have something to talk about at dinner besides your kids. And you might just ace your Oscar pool!