Five Movies That Are Already Oscar Contenders for 2015
As far as Oscar seasons go, 2014 proved to be a hectic year with loads of top-quality films hitting the multiplexes and vying for the top prize. 12 Years A Slave walked away with a best picture win, while the sci-fi blockbuster Gravity took home the most awards with seven Oscar wins, including one for director, Alfonso Cuarón.
Dallas Buyers Club also proved to be a major player. Matthew McConaughey was named Best Actor, and Jared Leto took home the award for Best Supporting Actor.
Robert Downey Jr. plays a lawyer who returns to his hometown only to discover that his father, the town judge, is the prime suspect in a murder. With Downey Jr. taking a break from big tent pole action movies, The Judge sounds like a crowd-pleaser in the making, and a spot at the Toronto International Film Festival in the fall seems like a given. Its studio, Warner Bros, clearly has faith in the movie giving it a prime October release date, which worked well for its Oscar-winners Argo and Gravity. If this is well-received, Robert Downey Jr. seems like a lock for a best actor nomination, while a supporting nod for Robert Duvall, who plays his father, also seems like a good bet.
The Dark Knight and Inception’s Christopher Nolan returns to the director’s chair for this highly anticipated sci-fi extravaganza, starring newly minted Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey in the lead role. Not much is known about the plot other than it has something to do with space travel, but with Nolan, McConaughey, and co-stars Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway, this one seems primed for blockbuster business and – at the very least – some technical nominations.
Fresh off The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, director David Fincher is turning another best-seller into a much-anticipated film, with Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. Ask anyone who’s read the book and they’ll tell-you that it’s a real page turner with two great starring roles for Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Whether or not this translates into Oscar-love is questionable, but Fincher (The Social Network, Se7en) has a good track record with the Academy. One thing’s for sure, if it sticks close to the book, it’ll have everyone talking.
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With this movie being so early in its production that it doesn’t even have a title, one might think it would be too early to assume it’ll be an Oscar player next year. That is, unless one considers that it has a prime Dec 25 release date, as well as uber-producer Scott Rudin attached, and beloved writer-director Cameron Crowe. Not much is known about the plot other than it being a romance centering on characters played by Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, with Rachel McAdams and Bill Murray in supporting roles. The pedigree suggests this will be a major contender.
Best Picture and director nominations seem a given for Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson’s long-awaited adaptation of the novel by Thomas Pynchon. With a cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin, and a 1960’s period setting, Inherent Vice has all the ingredients of an “Oscar movie.” So far, this is the clear frontrunner to take the prize, although with a year full of movies to go, that could change very easily.
April 18, 2014 via Pepsi