a likely (something)

"Likely" means "probably". So in the example at top, "a likely Oscar contender" means a movie that is probably going to be nominated for an Oscar award.

There are a few words that "likely" is most often used with:

I know it's technically possible, but is that really a likely scenario?

That sounds like a likely explanation.

She's a likely candidate for governor in 2012.

This phrase appears in these lessons: