Friday, March 1, 2013

2014 Best Picture Oscar Contenders

It is always fun for me to research and then speculate what films may very well shine and rise to the top as the possible 5 to 10 Best Pictures Nominees for the entire year.
Of course there are always two to three films, never on anyone’s radar screen, that come out of total obscurity to become the must see buzz film of that year.
So, with my best intentions, I have assembled those films that in 2013 I feel from a combination of the story and plot line, the director and the actors cast offer the best possibility to be in that rare select group.
If you are a film fan like me, take a moment to scan over this brief grouping I have compiled to keep yourself aware as the chase for the Oscar Gold statue to be awarded in February 2014 begins again NOW!

A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration.
Director: Martin Scorsese

Serena (2013)
In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when it is learned that his wife, Serena, cannot bear children.
Director: Susanne Bier

A singer-songwriter navigates New York's folk music scene during the 1960s.
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Gravity (2013)
Astronauts attempt to return to earth after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in space.
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Lowlife (2013)
An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.
Director: James Gray
The Counselor (2013)
A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.
Director: Ridley Scott
In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renown works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them.
Director: George Clooney
A Bangkok police lieutenant and a gangster settle their differences in a Thai-boxing match.

Her (2013)
A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.
Director: Spike Jonze
Man of Steel (2013)
A young journalist raised by his adoptive parents after he was transported to Earth in infancy from the dying planet of Krypton finds himself in the position to save humankind after Earth is attacked. (148 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Plot undisclosed.
Director: Woody Allen
Nebraska (2013)
An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes prize.
Director: Alexander Payne
Venus in Fur (2013)
An actress attempts to convince a director how she's perfect for a role in his upcoming production.
Director: Roman Polanski
The Butler (2013)
A White House butler served eight American Presidents over the course of three decades.
Director: Lee Daniels

A man living in New York during the mid-1800s is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south.
Director: Steve McQueen
A computer hacker's goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.
Director: Terry Gilliam

Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the Internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.
Director: Sofia Coppola
A man, temptations, celebrity, and excess.
Director: Terrence Malick
Add to Watchlist
Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.
Director: Baz Luhrmann

Labor Day (2013)
Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.
Director: Jason Reitman
Complex look at Hollywood and what it reveals about Western culture.
Director: David Cronenberg
Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.
Director: Terrence Malick
Three interlocking love stories involving three couples in three cities: Rome, Paris, and New York.
Director: Paul Haggis

Prisoners (2013)
A Boston man kidnaps the person he suspects is behind the disappearance of his young daughter and her best friend.
Director: Denis Villeneuve

A look at the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and how the website's growth and influence led to an irreparable rift between the two friends.
Director: Bill Condon

Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug taking, women loving, homophobic man who...
A story centered on two vampires who have been in love for centuries.
Director: Jim Jarmusch

The Homesman (2013)
A claim jumper and a pioneer woman team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa.
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
A story centered on an eccentric art auctioneer and his obsession with an heiress/collector. (124 mins.)
Foxcatcher (2013)
The story of John du Pont, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and killed Olympic wrestler David Schultz.
Director: Bennett Miller

Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood as Walt Disney Pictures adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen.
Director: John Lee Hancock

A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective. (140 mins.)
Director: Derek Cianfrance

Diana (2013)
The last two years of Princess Diana's life: her campaign against land mines and her relationship with surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan.
Nymphomaniac (2013)
A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.
Director: Lars von Trier

To the Wonder (2013)
After visiting Mont Saint-Michel, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Marina meets a priest and fellow exile, who is struggling with his vocation, while Neil renews his ties with a childhood friend, Jane. (112 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick

A 18th century adventure story centered on young Thomas, who is apprenticed to the local Spook to learn to fight evil spirits. His first great challenge comes when the powerful Mother Malkin escapes her confinement while the Spook is away.
Director: Sergey Bodrov
The Weston family overcomes certain differences when their alcoholic patriarch goes missing.
Director: John Wells

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught up in the international war on terror.
Director: Anton Corbijn
An alien in human form is on a journey through Scotland.
Director: Jonathan Glazer
The Other Sea (2013)

Grandmaster (2013)
A veteran cop chases a cold blooded serial killer.
Director: B. Unnikrishnan
A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Blood Ties (2013)
Two brothers, on either side of the law, face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s.
Director: Guillaume Canet

Devil's Knot (2013)
The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.
Director: Atom Egoyan

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Director: Paul Greengrass

Walesa (2013)
The depiction of the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Poland's Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa, as events in the 1970s lead to a peaceful revolution.
Director: Andrzej Wajda
A 12-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.

Two separate films. The first as told by the husband and the second as told by the wife. Both film revolving around a New York couple's relationship with each other’s point of view.
Director: Ned Benson
Winter's Tale (2013)
A fantasy story set in 19th Century and present-day Manhattan and revolves around a thief, a dying girl, and a flying white horse.
Director: Akiva Goldsman
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
Director: Kar Wai Wong

Oldboy (2013)
An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement.
Director:  Spike Lee
Starring: Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson

1 comment:

  1. Lester,

    I like that you're taking a step ahead of the crowd to begin listing your nominees for the 2014 awards.

    I'll be interested in reading your film reviews as these become available at the box office.

    Nicely done!