Oscars 2018: Sony divisions have Denzel Washington in ‘Roman Israel Esq.,’ Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’

Sony Pictures Entertainment has late-breaking Oscar contenders from two of its feature film divisions. Columbia’s legal drama “Roman Israel, Esq” could bring Denzel Washington that elusive third Oscar for acting while TriStar’s true-life “All the Money in the World” could finally win Ridley Scott an Oscar for directing.

Below, detailed listings of each of these Oscar contenders, including release dates, creative types, cast lists, running times, plot summaries, and receptions both critical and commercial.

“All the Money in the World” (TriStar) – Dec. 8
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: David Scarpa
Cast: Michelle Williams, Kevin Spacey, Mark Wahlberg, Charlie Plummer, Timothy Hutton

Summary: This true-life crime drama tell the story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (Plummer). The heir to the oil fortune was only 16 when he was snatched on the streets of Rome on July 10, 1973. Williams portray his mother, Gail Getty, who faces off against her father-in-law, billionaire J. Paul Getty (Spacey), after he refuses to pay the $17 million ransom.

“Roman Israel, Esq” (Columbia) – Nov. 3
Director: Dan Gilroy
Writers: Dan Gilroy
Cast: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo

Summary: Washington plays the title character, a liberal lawyer forced to take over the running of his law firm when his partner has a heart attack. He discovers that all is not what it seems and is forced into action when his principles are challenged by his practice.

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