From 'Evita' to 'Michael,' a bushel of Oscar hopefuls ring out the box office year

By EW Staff
November 22, 1996 at 05:00 AM EST

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Stop it! If you get snowed in, you’ll miss the flurry of Oscar-hopeful films out this season, with leading ladies leaping all over the place. Like actress-director Barbra Streisand, who lights herself immaculately in The Mirror Has Two Faces; Shirley MacLaine, who revisits spunky Aurora Greenway in the Terms of Endearment sequel, The Evening Star; and Madonna, who fa-la-las in the gargantuan musical Evita. Hoping for something wrapped in testosterone? Schwarzenegger rings bells in Jingle All the Way, Cruise plays cynical hunk Jerry Maguire, and Travolta is a beer-guzzling angel in Michael. While we’re here to help you navigate the holiday movie crunch, Santa’s helpers in Hollywood want you to remember one thing: Every time you buy a ticket, an agent gets his wings.