Looks like the Oscar race is starting early this year

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As we head into summer and its slate of action-packed, testosterone-laced tentpoles, just remember … Oscar season is right around the corner! One possible contender: period drama Suffragette, based on real-life events in early 20th-century Britain when women fought for the right to vote.

Maud (Carey Mulligan), a working mother, joins a feminist movement led by firebrand Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep) to lobby against injustice and for the advancement of women’s rights.

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Also starring Helena Bonham Carter, the film, directed by Sarah Gavron, showcases Streep’s character exhorting women to take action, and Mulligan’s righteous resolve as a nation violently erupts.

Suffragette will open this year’s London Film Festival on Oct. 7 and hit U.S. theaters on Oct. 23.