Picks and Pans Review: Place Your Bets Now! Next Year's Nominees?
updated 03/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 03/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Hilary Swank flies high as pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart in Amelia (due Oct. 23) ... Brad Pitt teams with director Quentin Tarantino for a WWII adventure, Inglourious Basterds (Aug. 21) ... Meryl Streep trills as top chef Julia Child in a comedy, Julie & Julia (Aug. 7) ... Leonardo DiCaprio tracks a murderess in Shutter Island (Oct. 2), directed by Martin Scorsese ... Titanic director James Cameron returns with sci-fi tale Avatar (Dec. 18) ... Morgan Freeman portrays Nelson Mandela in a biopic directed by Clint Eastwood (December) ... and Benicio Del Toro turns fur-ocious in The Wolfman (Nov. 6).