At the beginning of each year, the Museum of Modern Art’s film department hosts The Contenders, a screening series collecting the movies from the previous year that are widely viewed as the best bets for awards season. As we transition from one highly unusual year into another, this hasn’t precluded institutions from planning to give out plaudits as usual. (Though each of them, like the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, have adjusted their respective eligibility rules in light of the quarantine.) And so the latest edition of The Contenders is going forward — online, of course.

Through the month of January, MoMA will be making a few of the films in the program available to stream in its virtual cinema for a few days each. To help catch up on what you’ll be seeing nominated for various honors this spring, check out everything Hyperallergic has previously written about some of the films in the lineup:

The screenings are available exclusively for MoMA members, with a limited capacity of sign-ups for each one.

When: Through January 28
Where: Online

More info at the Museum of Modern Art website.

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Dan Schindel is Associate Editor for Documentary at Hyperallergic. He lives and works in New York.



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