Academy Awards Nominees for Best Picture: A Recap

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The Oscars is like my Super Bowl, World Cup, World series, you name it. What makes it a ridiculous time for me is the fact I live in Europe which means the live broadcast happens at 2:00 a.m. I could watch this the day after like everyone else, but as I said before, this is my World Cup, so I will watch live! To commemorate the ocassion here’s a recap of all the films nominated for Best Picture and my predictions for the top award….

Gravity

Astronauts Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski try to get back to Earth after a mid-orbit accidents leaves them adrift in space. My review here.

  • Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
  • Producers Alfonso Cuarón, and David Heyman
  • Will it win? It has great chances, but considering wins in other awards, it is unlikely to take the Oscar
  • Philomena

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    A journalist (Steve Coogan) helps a woman’s (Judi Dench) search for the son that was taken away many years before.

  • Directed by Stephen Frears
  • Producers Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, and Tracey Seaward
  • Will it win? It’s an endearing story, but it will not
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

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    The rise and eventual downfall of Wall Street powerhouse stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). My review here.

  • Directed by Martin Scorsese
  • Producers Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff
  • Will it win? Having Martin Scorssese directing is almost a guarantee to make it, but it will not
  • American Hustle

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    A con man (Christian Bale) and his partner (Amy Adams) get caught by an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) who forces them on a sting operation to catch corrupt New Jersey politicians. My review here.

  • Directed by David O. Russell
  • Producers Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, and Megan Ellison
  • Will it win? Like Gravity is one of those that has huge chances of winning. I don’t think it should.
  • Nebraska

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    A father (Bruce Dern) and son (Will Forte) take a trip to Lincoln, Nebraska to claim a 1 million dollar sweepstakes prize that the son believes to be just a scam.

  • Directed by Alexander Payne
  • Producers Albert Berger, and Ron Yerxa
  • Will it win? Considering the contenders, this one has very little chances. So, no, it will not
  • 12 Years a Slave

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    Born a free man, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is kidnapped and sold into slavery to work at various plantations in Louisiana. My review here.

  • Directed by Steve McQueen
  • Producers Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, and Anthony Katagas
  • Will it win? One of the strongest contenders and my personal favorite to win!
  • Her

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    Theodore is an introverted man (Joaquin Phoenix) who develops a relationship with his artificial intelligence operating system, Samantha (voice of Scarlett Johansson).

  • Directed by Spiked Jonze
  • Producers Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, and Vincent Landay
  • Will it win? An original story and all, but it will not
  • Captain Phillips

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    The Maersk Alabama ship is boarded by Somali pirates while Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) tries to diffuse the situation and save his crew. My review here.

  • Directed by Paul Greengrass
  • Producers Dana Brunetti, Scott Rudin, and Michael De Luca
  • Will it win? It has all the elements of a strong contender, but it seems to have been forgotten as one over some of the more recent ones out. It will not
  • Dallas Buyers Club

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    After contracting AIDS, Ron Woodroof begins selling FDA unapproved, yet more effective drugs than the only available, ATZ, to fellow patients. My review here.

  • Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
  • Producers Robbie Brenner, Nathan Ross, and Rachel Rothman
  • Will it win? It’s great movie with strong performances, but alas, it will not
  • Which one is your favorite for the big award?

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