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Monday, November 25, 2013

A Thanksgiving Feast: 10 Oscar-Caliber Films Out Now

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Be grateful: It should be pretty easy to avoid a turkey at the movies this Thanksgiving weekend. You’ll have to wait for Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Saving Mr. Banks, American Hustle The Wolf of Wall Street and August Osage County, but unlike the past few years, several Oscar-caliber movies are out before Thanksgiving.

The Prestige Picture: 12 Years A Slave

It’s one of the most engaging films of the year. Expect nominations and front-runner status for Best Picture, Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Music Score…and the list goes on. It scored seven noms at the Spirit Awards this month.

The Crowd Pleaser: Gravity

In space, no one can hear you scream, but on January, 21st Century Fox will be screaming about nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing and more. Don’t bet on Original Screenplay.

 The First Class Drama: Captain Phillips

Oscar voters will certainly cast a Best Actor nomination for Hanks. It has strong potential for Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay and more.

The Underdog: Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey is getting a lot of recognition lately — for being nearly unrecognizable in Dallas Buyers Club. Expect nominations for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and perhaps, but not looking likely just yet, Best Picture.

The Seriously Funny One: Nebraska

Director Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) directs this black and white road trip drama starring Bruce Dern as a father who's convinced he's won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes. Dern will be a contender for Best Actor and June Squibb will be a likely Best Supporting Actor nominee. If a full ten films get nominated, Nebraska will likely be one of them — it's up for Best Picture at the Spirit Awards.

The WWII Film With The John Williams Score: The Book Thief

The film is getting mixed reviews, but being a World War II film-based off of a popular novel- endorsed by a former President is a real trump card for an Oscar nomination. If the film gets a nod, expect ones for Geoffery Rush and Emily Watson too. Either way, bet on a 49th nomination for John Williams.


The One With Lots Of Famous People: The Butler

Forest Gump, I mean, Forest Whitaker, winner of the Best Actor Oscar for The Last King of Scotland, carries this movie through decades of history and he will get a nomination for Best Actor. I predict a snub for Best Picture and another snub for Oprah Winfrey, but experts think she’s a strong possibility for Supporting Actress.

The One From Summer: Fruitvale Station

The powerful story of Oscar Grant III, a Bay Area man who decides to make a change to his life on December 31, 2008. Octavia Spencer will be nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Potential nominations for Michael B. Jordan and Best Picture. 

The Lone Nomination: All Is Lost

Robert Redford plays a sailor who finds himself staring his mortality in the face, and he’ll likely face Oscar front-runner status for Best Actor.

The Whole Family: Monsters University

Oscar has its eye on this one. But lucky for you, Pixar’s well-reviewed sequel and likely Best Animated Film frontrunner is already available on DVD.

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