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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 25, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Johnny Depp as Dillinger, and more 2010 Oscar possibilities

Only after the Oscars does the movie year officially end; now it’s finally time to turn to 2009. What titles might we hear at next year’s ceremony? Here are five, sight unseen, that I’m guessing might have a shot:
“Shutter Island” (October). There’s a lot of Oscar written on this thriller, set in 1954: It’s directed by Martin Scorsese (“The Departed”), based on a novel by Dennis Lehane (“Mystic River”), and stars numerous past nominees: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, Jackie Earle Haley, Michelle Williams and Patricia Clarkson.
“Public Enemies” (July). Michael Mann directs this 1930s gangster drama, starring Johnny Depp (as John Dillinger), Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard. Here’s Johnny, below, looking appropriately chilly:

(Photo by Peter Mountain; copyright 2008 Universal Studios)
“Nine” (December). OK, you can love musicals or you can hate them, but I kind of love the looks of this one, directed by “Chicago” helmer Rob Marshall. Daniel Day-Lewis (can he sing? is there anything he can’t do) stars as a film director looking at his complicated life; new Oscar winner Penelope Cruz co-stars alongside Nicole Kidman, the busy Cotillard, and Sophia Loren.
“Sherlock Holmes” (December). Whether Guy Ritchie can direct anything other than contemporary gangster movies remains an open question, but the casting on this period drama looks great: Robert Downey Jr. in the title role, Jude Law as Watson.
“Amelia” (October). Mira Nair, whose lovely “The Namesake” was a highlight of 2007, directs a biopic about aviator Amelia Earhart, starring the very Oscar-friendly Hilary Swank.
That’s five I’m looking forward to, at any rate. How about you?

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