From "Patriot's Day" to "Jackie," the race to the Oscars is on.

December marks the final push to the Oscar finish line, as Hollywood rolls out some of its most prestigious films of the year. But if you live in Boston, one stands out from all the rest. And that, of course, is Peter Berg’s depiction of the horrors and heroics of the 2013 Boston Marathon, “Patriots Day.”

It arrives Dec. 21 and comes loaded with an all-star cast topped by the pride of Dorchester, Mark Wahlberg. He plays a Boston cop who is one of the first responders. Joining him are Kevin Bacon, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan and John Goodman. And expect the city to have a significant supporting role.

Another city in the spotlight this holiday season is Los Angeles, the inviting, neon backdrop for this year’s Oscar front-runner, “La La Land,” an old-fashioned musical about a boy (Ryan Gosling), a girl (Emma Stone) and their dreams of stardom. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and go wow!

For more serious fare, there’s the movie adaptation of August Wilson’s “Fences,” a labor of love by Denzel Washington, who stars, directs and produces. And for all you fans of the Kennedys, Natalie Portman dazzles as Jackie O in “Jackie,” a biopic about the former first lady during her days of mourning following the assassination of JFK.

Oh, lest I forget, there’s also another “Star Wars” installment, this one an origin story of sorts about how the Force plotted to foil the construction of Vader’s Death Star. If you want more space adventure, there’s also “Passengers” (Dec. 21) starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.

And for the kids, get ready to “Sing” (Dec. 21), a cartoon musical in 3-D. It’s firmly in the Academy Award mix, as is “Patriots Day,” which – along with “Spotlight” – could give Boston back-to-back best-picture winners.

The slate of Oscar hopefuls doesn’t end there. Several contenders will be making their Boston debuts in January. They include Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women,” Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson,” Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” and Theodore Melfi’s “Hidden Figures” about the huge, behind-the-scenes contributions of three female African-American scientists at NASA in the early 1960s. But first we must get through December. So here are the films you can expect to see next month, beginning with:

Dec. 2

INCARNATE Borrowing an idea or three from “Inception,” director Brad Peyton (“San Andreas”) puts Aaron Eckhart through his paces as a scientist with the ability to enter a person’s subconscious – in this case, to save a young boy from a powerful demon.

MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI Oscar winner Steven Okazaki takes an overdue look at Japan’s most revered actor, Toshiro Mifune, the star of the Akira Kurosawa classics “Rashomon,” “Seven Samurai” and “Yojimbo.”

Dec. 9

JACKIE Natalie Portman is an Oscar front-runner for her widely praised portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy in the aftermath of her husband’s assassination. Pablo Larrain (“Gloria”) directs.

OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman (“Horrible Bosses”) reunite for more hijinks playing business executives throwing a wild-and-crazy holiday party in hopes of luring a wealthy client. Josh Gordon and Will Speck (“Blades of Glory”) direct.

THINGS TO COME “Elle” star Isabelle Huppert continues her fantastic fall as a high school teacher rebuilding her life after being abandoned by her philandering husband.

MISS SLOANE In the mode of “Michael Clayton,” Jessica Chastain gets her Kellyanne Conway on as a hugely successful political player whose morals are severely challenged by her latest client. John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”) directs.

LION Dev Patel bids for Oscar playing an Indian man using Google Earth to find his family, which he was separated from as a 5-year-old. Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara co-star.

Dec. 16

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Ever hear of a franchise called “Star Wars?” Well, if not, here’s your chance to join the club with an offshoot origin story about a group of renegades pilfering blueprints for the dreaded Death Star. Felicity Jones stars.

LA LA LAND The pride of Providence, Oscar winner Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”), reunites Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling (“Crazy, Stupid, Love”) for a swoon-worthy musical romance set in L.A.

THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT Filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael risks charges of sacrilege with his satirical imagining of a lazy, tyrannical God (residing in a Brussels penthouse) fending off his rebellious daughter’s plan to usurp Him with her own brand of religion.

COLLATERAL BEAUTY Still smarting from last year’s Oscar snub, Will Smith picks himself up to play an ad man stunted by grief until his co-workers stage a loving intervention. Helen Mirren and Edward Norton co-star. David Frankel (“Hope Springs”) directs.

Dec. 21

PATRIOTS DAY Director Peter Berg (“Lone Survivor”) examines the horrors of the 2013 Boston Marathon and its aftermath through the eyes of four heroes: a cop (Mark Wahlberg), a Watertown police sergeant (J.K. Simmons), an FBI agent (Kevin Bacon) and Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman).

ASSASSIN’S CREED DNA technology enables a man to travel back 600 years to the land of his ancestors to learn lethal fighting skills he will use in the present to fell a dangerous organization. Michael Fassbender stars in a sci-fi fantasy that reunites him with his “Macbeth” co-star (Marion Cotillard) and director (Justin Kurzel).

SING “American Idol” meets “The Secret Life of Pets” in the latest animation from Illumination (“Minions”) in which animals from the world over enter a singing competition. Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon give it voice.

PASSENGERS Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are certainly spacey; so how apropos that they find themselves as the only two passengers awake on a 90-year galactic journey that’s about to go horribly wrong.

Dec. 23

WHY HIM? In the spirit of “Meet the Parents,” a dad (Bryan Cranston) clashes with his daughter’s billionaire boyfriend (James Franco) when he goes to visit her at Stanford during the holidays.

A MONSTER CALLS Director J.A. Bayona follows up his overrated disaster drama, “The Impossible,” with a similar story about a young boy (Lewis MacDougall) dealing with his sickly mother (Felicity Jones). But the lad is suddenly touched by magic when he hooks up with a motion-capture monster voiced by Liam Neeson.

Dec. 25

FENCES Denzel Washington stars and directs his adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning play about an athlete-turned-trash-collector and his family in the pre-civil rights era. Both he and co-star Viola Davis are likely to be bidding for Oscars.

GOLD Thar’s gold in them thar hills! Or at least Matthew McConaughey’s prospector sure hopes so when he travels to the Indonesian jungle. But it might not be finder’s keepers in this fact-based story directed by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan.