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!
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. New York
Director: Martin Scorsese
, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when it is learned that his wife, Serena, cannot bear children. Depression-era North Carolina
Director: Susanne Bier
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
A singer-songwriter navigates
's folk music scene during the 1960s. New York
Astronauts attempt to return to earth after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in space.
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
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
Director: James Gray
The Counselor (2013)
A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.
Director: Ridley Scott
The Monuments Men (2013)
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
Only God Forgives (2013)
police lieutenant and a gangster settle their differences in a Thai-boxing match. Bangkok
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
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)
Director: Woody Allen
An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from
Montana to with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes prize. Nebraska
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
Twelve Years a Slave (2013)
A man living in
during the mid-1800s is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south. New York
Director: Steve McQueen
The Zero Theorem (2013)
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
The Bling Ring (2013)
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
Knight of Cups (2013)
A man, temptations, celebrity, and excess.
Add to Watchlist
The Great Gatsby (2013)
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
Maps to the Stars (2013)
Complex look at
and what it reveals about Western culture. Hollywood
Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Robert Pattinson
Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in
. Austin, Texas
The Third Person (2013)
Three interlocking love stories involving three couples in three cities:
Rome, Paris, and . New York
Director: Paul Haggis
man kidnaps the person he suspects is behind the disappearance of his young daughter and her best friend. Boston
Director: Denis Villeneuve
The Fifth Estate (2013)
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
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug taking, women loving, homophobic man who...
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
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
The Best Offer (2013)
A story centered on an eccentric art auctioneer and his obsession with an heiress/collector. (124 mins.)
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
The story of John du Pont, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and killed Olympic wrestler David Schultz.
Director: Bennett Miller
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Author P.L. Travers travels from
London to as Walt Disney Pictures adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen. Hollywood
Director: John Lee Hancock
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
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
The last two years of Princess Diana's life: her campaign against land mines and her relationship with surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan.
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
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
, where problems arise. Oklahoma meets a priest and fellow exile, who is struggling with his vocation, while Neil renews his ties with a childhood friend, Jane. (112 mins.) Marina
The Seventh Son (2013)
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
August: Osage County (2013)
The Weston family overcomes certain differences when their alcoholic patriarch goes missing.
Director: John Wells
A Most Wanted Man (2013)
A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to
, where he gets caught up in the international war on terror. Hamburg
Director: Anton Corbijn
Under the Skin (2013)
An alien in human form is on a journey through
Director: Jonathan Glazer
The Other Sea (2013)
Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos
A veteran cop chases a cold blooded serial killer.
Director: B. Unnikrishnan
The Wind Rises (2013)
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
Captain Phillips (2013)
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk
, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Alabama
Director: Paul Greengrass
The depiction of the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of
's Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa, as events in the 1970s lead to a peaceful revolution. Poland
Director: Andrzej Wajda
A 12-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in
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. Montana
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers and His (2013)
Two separate films. The first as told by the husband and the second as told by the wife. Both film revolving around a
couple's relationship with each other’s point of view. New York
Director: Ned Benson
Winter's Tale (2013)
A fantasy story set in 19th Century and present-day
and revolves around a thief, a dying girl, and a flying white horse. Manhattan
Director: Akiva Goldsman
The Grandmaster (2013)
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
Director: Kar Wai Wong
An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement.
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson