The 2019 Oscar Race at the Halfway Point: Have We Seen Any Real Contenders?

“Avengers: Endgame,” “Rocketman,” “Toy Story 4” and “Us” are among the films that might look like they could be Best Picture possibilities on paper — but don’t bet on them making the cut

On paper, several of the films released in the first half of 2019 have the look of potential Oscar Best Picture nominees.

There’s “Avengers: Endgame,” a blockbuster Marvel movie that could follow in the heels of last year’s blockbuster Marvel movie, “Black Panther.”

And “Rocketman,” a musical biopic of British singer and gay icon Elton John that picks up the mantle from last year’s musical biopic of British singer and gay icon Freddie Mercury, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

And Jordan Peele’s socially conscious horror flick “Us,” his first film since his socially conscious horror flick and Oscar nominee “Get Out.”

And Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” an acclaimed animated movie looking to follow in the footsteps of the last animated movie to be nominated for Best Picture, which happened to be “Toy Story 3.”

And the Sundance hits “Late Night” and “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” which could become the seventh or eighth Sundance movies to be nominated since the Best Picture category expanded in 2009. (The first six: “An Education” in 2009, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”…

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Steve Pond

Awards Editor • steve@thewrap.com • Twitter: @stevepond