One of These 10 Films Will Be Best Picture in 2014By Alex Marin
The 2014 Academy Awards will be awarded on March 2—here are this year's contenders.
Now that nominees for the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Awards, SAG Awards, and Producers Guild Awards (PGA) have been announced, the following ten films have been reaffirmed as this year's strongest contenders to take home the Academy Award for Best Picture on March 2.
1. "12 Years a Slave": The Steve McQueen-directed and Brad Pitt-produced adaptation of the 1853 autobiography by Salomon Northup, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch, got Golden Globe, SAG Award, and PGA Award nominations for Best Picture.
2. "Captain Phillips": Based on the 2009 kidnapping of merchant marines by Somali pirates, the Paul Greengrass-directed film starring Tom Hanks is another big contender for this year's Academy Award for Best Picture.
3. "Gravity": Directed, co-written, co-produced, and co-edited by Alfonso Cuarón ("Children of Men") and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, this 3D science-fiction thriller and space drama earned multiple Critics' Choice, Golden Globe, and Producers Guild Award nominations, making it another epic contender to take this year's Oscar for Best Picture.
4. "Dallas Buyers Club": Directed by Jean-Marc Valleé and starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, this drama based on the true story of AIDS patient Ron Woodroof could also become Best Picture of the Year via its multiple nominations for the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and PGA Awards.
5. "American Hustle": The crime comedy/drama, based on the FBI ASCAM Operation from the late 1970s and early 1980s, is another big contender this award season. Directed by David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook") and featuring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle" tells the tale of real-life con artist Irving Roselfeld.
6. "Blue Jasmine": Woody Allen both wrote and directed the drama, starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin, about a ruined Manhattan socialite. "Blue Jasmine" earned Blanchett a SAG Award nomination for Best Actress as well as PGA nomination for Best Picture of the Year.
7. "Her": Written, directed and produced by Spike Jonze ("Where the Wild Things Are"), and starring Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, this science-fiction romance film about a loner who seeks love in technology earned a PGA nomination for Best Picture.
8. "The Wolf of Wall Street": Based on Jordan Belfort's memoir of the same name, this Martin Scorsese-directed film, starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Matthew McConaughey, and Margot Robbie, is another big contender this award season with Golden Globes and PGA Awards nominations.
9. "Nebraska": Starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte, and directed by Alexander Payne, this black-and-white comedy/drama earned multiple Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominations, as well as a PGA nomination for Best Picture.
10. "Saving Mr. Banks:" John Lee Hancock directs and Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, and Victoria Summer star in this multi-nominated film about the making of Walt Disney Studios' 1946 movie "Mary Poppins."