LIKELY 2014 Oscar® WINNERS and OFFICIAL Nominees

*UPDATED FREQUENTLY
*Movies Ranked By Buzz (from critics, boxoffice, precursor awards) which helps me determine likely nominees and winners

Best Animated Film
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Starts at #29

Best Documentary Film
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Starts at #34

Best Foreign Language Film
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Starts at #39

FRONTRUNNERS TO WIN (as of Today)
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PICTURE: (1)12 Years A Slave, (2)Gravity, (3)American Hustle, (4)Nebraska, (5)The Wolf of Wall Street, (6)Dallas Buyers Club, (7)Captain Phillips, (8)Her, (9)Philomena
DIRECTOR: (1)Alfonso Cuaron, (2)David O'Russell, (3)Steve McQueen, (4)Martin Scorsese, (5)Alexander Payne
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: (1)12 Years a Slave, (2)The Wolf of Wall Street, (3)Before Midnight, (4)Philomena, (5)Captain Phillips
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: (1)American Hustle, (2)Her, (3)Nebraska, (4)Blue Jasmine, (5)Dallas Buyers Club
LEAD ACTOR: (1)Matthew McConaughey, (2)Chiwetel Ejifor, (3)Leonardo Dicaprio, (4)Bruce Dern, (5)Christian Bale
LEAD ACTRESS: (1)Cate Blanchett, (2)Sandra Bullock, (3)Amy Adams, (4)Judi Dench, (5)Meryl Streep
SUPPORTING ACTOR: (1)Jared Leto, (2)Michael Fassbender, (3)Bradley Cooper, (4)Barkhad Abdi, (5)Jonah Hill
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: (1)Jennifer Lawrence, (2)Lupita Nyong'o, (3)Julia Roberts, (4)June Squibb, (5)Sally Hawkins
FILM EDITING: (1)Gravity, (2)Captain Phillips, (3)American Hustle, (4)12 Years A Slave, (5)Dallas Buyers Club,
CINEMATOGRAPHY: (1)Gravity, (2)Inside Llewyn Davis, (3)The Grandmaster, (4)Nebraska, (5)Prisoners
PRODUCTION DESIGN: (1)American Hustle, (2)The Great Gatsby, (3)12 Years A Slave, (4)Gravity, (5)Her
COSTUME DESIGN: (1)American Hustle, (2)The Great Gatsby, (3)The Grandmaster, (4)12 Years A Slave, (5)The Invisible Woman
MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING: (1)Bad Grandpa, (2)The Lone Ranger, (3)Dallas Buyers Club
ORIGINAL SCORE: (1)Gravity, (2) The Book Thief, (3)Her, (4)Saving Mr. Banks, (5)Philomena
ORIGINAL SONG: (1)Frozen - "Let It Go", (2)Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - "Ordinary Love", (3)Her - "The Moon Song", (4)Despicable Me 2 - "Happy", (5)Alone Yet Not Alone - "Alone Yet Not Alone"
SOUND EDITING: (1)Gravity, (2)All Is Lost (3)The Hobbit, (4)Captain Phillips, (5)Lone Survivor
SOUND MIXING: (1)Gravity, (2)Lone Survivor, (3)The Hobbit, (4)Captain Phillips, (5)Inside Llewyn Davis
VISUAL EFFECTS: (1)Gravity, (2)The Hobbit, (3)The Lone Ranger, (4)Iron Man 3, (5)Star Trek Into Darkness
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: (1)The Great Beauty (Italy), (2)The Hunt (Denmark), (3)The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium), (4)The Missing Picture (Cambodia), (5)Omar (Palestine)
ANIMATED FILM: (1)Frozen, (2)The Wind Rises, (3)Despicable Me 2, (4)Ernest and Celestine, (5)The Croods,
DOCUMENTARY FILM: (1)The Act of Killing, (2)20 Feet From Stardom, (3)The Square, (4)Cutie and The Boxer, (5)Dirty Wars


*2014 Final Prediction Results (84/107) 78.5%
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1.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. (134 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
“ IN THE RUNNING
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Best Picture, Best Director (McQueen), Best Actor (Ejifor), Best Supporting Actor (Fassbender), Best Supporting Actress (Nyong'o), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design


BUZZ
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VERY HIGH

Release Date
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Festival: September
Wide: October 18

Trailers & Clips
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Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUQNjfhlREk
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chw2cL2UWHc
Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG486FdQrW8
Clip 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGNswRubzus
Clip 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4tl8dZQobw
Clip 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHGpFmlPcjQ
Clip 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxCe-AvsKWc

Precursor Awards
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(1)Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Ensemble Nominee, Best Actor (Ejifor) Nominee, Best Supporting Actor (Fassbender) Nominee, Best Supporting Actress (Nyong'o) WINNER
(2)Producers Guild Awards: Best Picture WINNER
(3)Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture-Drama WINNER, Best Director Nominee, Best Actor-Drama (Ejifor) Nominee, Best Supporting Actor-Drama (Fassbender) Nominee, Best Supporting Actress-Drama (Nyong'o) Nominee, Best Screenplay Nominee, Best Original Score Nominee
(4)ACE Eddie Awards: Best Editing (Dramatic) Nomination
(5)Art Directors Guild Awards: Best Art Direction (Period) Nomination
(6)Costume Designers Guild Awards: Best Costume Design (Period) Nomination
(7)Director's Guild Awards: Best Director Nomination
(8)American Society of Cinematographers Awards: Best Cinematography Nomination
(9)BAFTA Awards: Best Picture Nomination, Best Director Nomination, Best Actor (Ejifor)Nomination, Best Supporting Actor (Fassbender) Nomination, Best Adapted Screenplay WINNER, Best Supporting Actress (Nyong'o) Nomination, Best Editing Nomination, Best Production Design Nomination, Best Cinematography Nomination, Best Music Nomination
(10)National Society of Film Critics: Best Picture RUNNER-UP, Best Director RUNNER-UP, Best Actor (Ejifor) RUNNER-UP, Best Supporting Actress (Nyong'o) RUNNER-UP
(11)Critics Choice Awards: Best Picture WINNER, Best Director Nominee, Best Actor (Ejifor) Nominee, Best Supporting Actor (Fassbender) Nominee, Best Supporting Actress (Nyong'o) WINNER, Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee, Best Art Direction Nominee, Best Cinematography Nominee, Best Costume Design Nominee, Best Editing Nominee, Best Makeup Nominee, Best Original Score Nominee, Best Ensemble Nominee
(12)New York Film Critics Circle: Best Director (McQueen) WINNER
(13)National Board of Review: Top Ten Film
(14)Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actor (Ejifor) RUNNER-UP, Best Supporting Actress (Nyong'o) WINNER
(15)American Film Institute: Top Ten Film

Comments
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There weren't many high expectations for this one before its premiere. Neither Hunger or Shame received any Oscar attention despite being highly praised by the critics. Also with Django having just received a bunch of Oscar nominations last year, there are many pundits who felt like it might be too soon to expect the academy to reward another slavery movie. But then it premiered at Telluride and blew the roof off, and then it was shown at TIFF and people liked it even more. Now it has vaulted from a possible contender to be nominated into the front-runner to win. Ejifor has been getting a lot of praise and is almost a surefire nominee. Fassbender has been ignored numerous times for a wide variety a strong performances in the past, now he's also a lock for a nomination. The biggest surprise is newcomer N'yongo who some are even saying provides the best performance in the film.
UPDATE: While it was preceived by many as the frontrunner at its premiere, the hype is slowly starting to die down as more people are watching it. The response since TIFF has mostly just been muted appreciation. Another drawback to this film is that people are realizing that its not the heartwarming, uplifting film that they were expecting. The brutality of the film is proving to be too much for some viewers and that could lead voters to give their votes to more entertaining films that make them feel good. ” - HLMPartDeux
 
2.
Gravity (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them alone in space. (91 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ IN THE RUNNING
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Best Picture, Best Director (Cuaron), Best Actress (Bullock), Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects


BUZZ
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VERY HIGH

Release Date
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Festival: August 28
Wide: October 4

Precursor Awards
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(1)Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Actress (Bullock) Nominee
(2)Producers Guild Awards: Best Picture WINNER
(3)Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture-Drama Nominee, Best Director WINNER, Best Actress-Drama (Bullock) Nominee, Best Original Score Nominee
(4)ACE Eddie Awards: Best Editing (Dramatic) Nomination
(5)Director's Guild Awards: Best Director Nomination
(6)Art Directors Guild Awards: Best Art Direction (Fantasy) Nomination
(7)American Society of Cinematographers Awards: Best Cinematography Nomination
(8)BAFTA Awards: Best Picture Nomination, Best Director Nomination, Best Actress (Bullock)Nomination, Best Original Screenplay Nomination, Best Sound Nomination, Best Editing Nomination, Best Cinematography Nomination, Best Production Design Nomination, Best Music Nomination, Best Visual Effects Nomination
(9)National Society of Film Critics: Best Director RUNNER-UP, Best Cinematography RUNNER-UP
(10)Critics Choice Awards: Best Picture Nominee, Best Director WINNER, Best Actress (Bullock) Nominee, Best Art Direction Nominee, Best Cinematography WINNER, Best Editing WINNER, Best Visual Effects WINNER, Best Original Score Nominee
(11)National Board of Review: Top Ten Film
(12)Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Picture WINNER, Best Director (Cuaron) WINNER, Best Editing WINNER, Best Cinematography WINNER
(13)American Film Institute: Top Ten Film

Trailers & Clips
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Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Mlltu1VzEY
Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ7kS1BWh6o
Trailer 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5ILk2UyysA
Trailer 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqTtGQozkJs
Trailer 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KJHRF6RlTQ
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YknL6aKjTo
Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLS8WPEK6M8
Clip 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO3v_NQJhqY

Comments
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There were probably only two ways this film could have gone, either it was going to be a massive bomb or the next Avatar-like experience. Fortunately, it appears to be the latter. People are getting blown away by the visuals during early screenings of the film. If that can translate into a strong box-office then this becomes a very strong contender to win it all. The film is almost entirely a one woman show with Bullock and she is getting alot of praise for carrying the film alone. The one criticism that people have is that the visuals and the experience are covering up a somewhat weak story/plot. However, both Avatar and Life of Pi faced those criticisms as well and they were still heavily nominated. Also, in case you were wondering the visual effects race is over, there's no way Gravity loses that race.
UPDATE: While Gravity is sure to be heavily nominated, don't put too much hope in it getting a screenplay nomination. Films with sparse dialogue like The Artist or any Musicals very rarely get nominated for thier screenplay ” - HLMPartDeux
 
3.
American Hustle (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. (138 mins.)
“ IN THE RUNNING
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Best Picture, Best Director (O'Russell), Best Actor (Bale), Best Actress (Adams), Best Supporting Actor (Cooper), Best Supporting Actress (Lawrence), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design

BUZZ
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VERY HIGH

Release Date
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Limited: December 13
Wide: December 25

Trailers & Clips
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Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeyUrnU_lZ4
Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzzojwV9o7k


Precursor Awards
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(1)Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Ensemble WINNER, Best Supporting Actress (Lawrence) Nominee
(2)Producers Guild Awards: Best Picture Nominee
(3)Writers Guild Awards: Best Original Screenplay Nominee
(4)Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture-Comedy WINNER, Best Director Nominee, Best Actor-Comedy (Bale) Nominee, Best Actress-Comedy (Adams) WINNER, Best Supporting Actor (Cooper) Nominee, Best Supporting Actress (Lawrence) WINNER, Best Screenplay Nominee
(5)ACE Eddie Awards: Best Editing (Comedy) Nomination
(6)Art Directors Guild Awards: Best Art Direction (Period) Nomination
(7)Costume Designers Guild Awards: Best Costume Design (Period) Nomination
(8)Director's Guild Awards: Best Art Director Nomination
(9)BAFTA Awards: Best Picture Nomination, Best Director Nomination, Best Actor (Bale)Nomination, Best Actress (Adams) Nomination, Best Supporting Actor (Cooper) Nomination, Best Supporting Actress (Lawrence) Nomination, Best Original Screenplay Nomination, Best Sound Nomination, Best Production Design Nomination, Best Costume Design Nomination, Best Makeup Nomination
(9)National Society of Film Critics: Best Picture RUNNER-UP, Best Screenplay RUNNER-UP, Best Supporting Actress (Nyong'o) WINNER
(10)Critics Choice Awards: Best Picture Nominee, Best Director Nominee, Best Actor (Bale) Nominee, Best Supporting Actor (Cooper) Nominee, Best Supporting Actress (Lawrence) Nominee, Best Original Screenplay Nominee,Best Costume Design Nominee, Best Editing Nominee, Best Makeup WINNER, Best Ensemble WINNER
(11)New York Film Critics Circle: Best Picture WINNER, Best Screenplay WINNER, Best Supporting Actress (Lawrence) WINNER
(12)American Film Institute: Top Ten Film

Comments
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O'Russell has had a film nominated for a Oscar the last two years in a row and still hasn't won anything. There's only so long you can expect the academy to keep passing him up before they feel like they need to give him something for his efforts. That fact pushed this film into early front-runner status. The period costumes and setting is also bringing up memories of last year's winner 'Argo' which also helps its cause this year. Having a main cast filled with 5 recent Oscar nominees (2 of which also won recently for an O'Russell film) helps it out even more.
UPDATE: The film screened recently and its difficult to really get a sense of how its awards chances will play out now. Many who saw the film liked it but it hasn't really bowled anyone over. Its being categorized as a light caper film in the vein of something like Oceans 11. That might seem to hurt its prospects on the surface but Argo winning last year proves that a film like this can still win. For the performances, Cooper and Lawrence are getting the most praise and Lawrence especially seems assured of a nomination. Adams is surprisingly getting some negative response which is likely to drop her out of the race entirely.
UPDATE 2: After a tepid festival response, not much was expected from this but it is by far becoming the SAFE choice of the season. Not too controversial (like Wolf of Wall Street), too hard to watch (like 12 Years A Slave), or too scifi (Gravity). Its a pleasing film that gives its audience what they want and expect. Many of the recent winners have been films like this (Argo and King's Speech). Also interesting is the fact that all four of the main actors could be nominated due to the high buzz around the film again ” - HLMPartDeux
 
4.
Nebraska (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ IN THE RUNNING
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Best Picture, Best Director (Payne), Best Actor (Dern), Best Supporting Actress (Squibb), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography


BUZZ
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VERY HIGH

Release Date
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Festival: May 23
Wide: November 15

Precursor Awards
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(1)Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Actor (Dern) Nominee, Best Supporting Actress (Squibb) Nominee
(2)Producers Guild Awards: Best Picture Nominee
(3)Writers Guild Awards: Best Original Screenplay Nominee
(4)Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture-Comedy Nominee, Best Director Nominee, Best Actor-Comedy (Dern) Nominee, Best Supporting Actress (Squibb) Nominee, Best Screenplay Nominee
(5)ACE Eddie Awards: Best Editing (Comedy) Nomination
(6)Costume Designers Guild Awards: Best Costume Design (Contemporary) Nomination
(7)American Society of Cinematographers Awards: Best Cinematography Nomination
(8)BAFTA Awards: Best Actor (Dern) Nomination, Best Original Screenplay Nomination, Best Cinematography Nomination
(9)National Society of Film Critics: Best Cinematography RUNNER-UP
(10)Critics Choice Awards: Best Picture Nominee, Best Actor (Dern) Nominee, Best Supporting Actress (Squibb) Nominee, Best Original Screenplay Nominee, Best Cinematography Nominee, Best Ensemble Nominee
(11)National Board of Review: Top Ten Film, Best Actor (Dern) WINNER, Best Supporting Actor (Forte) WINNER
(12)Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actor (Dern) WINNER, Best Supporting Actress (Squibb) RUNNER-UP
(13)American Film Institute: Top Ten Film

Trailers & Clips
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Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuIBvmxIN4w
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqIR22t5AI0
Clip 2 & 3: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-2-new-clips-from-alexander-paynes-nebraska-20130918?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Comments
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There's been alot of doubt about this one. Too small, good but not great reviews, not important or dramatic enough. But it has consistently stayed in the conversation since its premiere. Despite it coming off as too slight, people are still talking about it and putting it in the conversation. Dern seems like a lock for Best Actor and Squibb's memorable role looks like a lock as well. The Producers seemed to have learned their lesson from over-pushing and over-hyping the last Alexander Payne movie "The Descendants".
UPDATE: The awards prospects seem to keep building as now even Forte's chances at a nomination are seriously being talked about. ” - HLMPartDeux
 
5.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. (180 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ IN THE RUNNING
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Best Picture, Best Director (Scorcese), Best Actor (Dicaprio), Best Supporting Actor (Hill), Best Adapted Screenplay,


BUZZ
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VERY HIGH

Release Date
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Wide: December 25

Precursor Awards
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(1)Producers Guild Awards: Best Picture Nominee
(2)Writers Guild Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee
(3)Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture-Comedy Nominee, Best Actor-Comedy (Dicaprio) WINNER
(4)ACE Eddie Awards: Best Editing (Comedy) Nomination
(5)Art Directors Guild Awards: Best Art Direction (Contemporary) Nomination
(6)Director's Guild Awards: Best Director Nomination
(7)BAFTA Awards: Best Director Nomination, Best Actor (Dicaprio) Nomination, Best Adapted Screenplay Nomination, Best Editing Nomination
(8)Critics Choice Awards: Best Picture Nominee, Best Director Nominee, Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee, Best Editing Nominee, Best Ensemble Nominee
(9)National Board of Review: Top Ten Film, Best Adapted Screenplay WINNER
(10)American Film Institute: Top Ten Film

Trailers & Clips
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Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idAVRvQeYAE

Comments
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Every Scorsese movie comes with high expectations and this one was no different. The biggest surprise came when the trailer revealed that it was going to be more of a comedy than a drama like Scorsese usually does. While it may not be the 'Goodfellas in the boadroom' movie that everybody thought it was going to be, it still has a good chance of being a strong contender. Dicaprio as always is a good bet for a nomination and from the trailer it seems like McConaughey is going to have a memorable role as well. The academy doesnt usually like comedies but with Scorsese at the helm, anythings possible.
UPDATE: There's some rumblings that this may be taken out of the race and moved to 2014 instead due to the editing process taking longer than expected. Also, Shutter Island (another Scorsese/Dicaprio teamup film) made a similar move and raked in boatloads of cash. The studio could also be looking at a move for that reason as well.
UPDATE 2: After some suspicion that it may miss this year due to editing issues (or fear of the overwhelming competition this year), it appears to be set for a Christmas day release. Therefore, it is back in the game
UPDATE 3: From the few early screenings there have been so far, it appears that this has turned out better than many expected to be. Its getting great word of mouth and apparently the 3 hour running time isn't a problem since there have been a few people saying it feels like it needs to be even longer. However, a 3 hour cocaine infused hyper energy black comedy is definitely not the kind of film that usually gets oscars. It will interesting to see how well it does come awards time due to the type of film that it is.
UPDATE 4: WOW. Things have certainty took a huge turn since I last updated. This film has received a huge amount of controversy over its apparent sympathetic view of the main character. I expected the oscar voters to have a negative reaction to the sex/drugs but I never thought they'd be this angry about it. Despite all that, there is still enough support from the younger voters to get it in. However, I wouldnt be surprised if it doesn't make it ” - HLMPartDeux
 
6.
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease. (117 mins.)
“ IN THE RUNNING
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Best Picture, Best Actor (McConaughey), Best Supporting Actor (Leto), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Makeup & Hairstyling

BUZZ
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HIGH

Release Date
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Festival: September
Limited: November 1

Trailers & Clips
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Trailer 1: http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=108219
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pII8n1YiZ14
Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij7RKEMiq0Q

Precursor Awards
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(1)Producers Guild Awards: Best Picture Nominee
(2)Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Ensemble Nominee, Best Actor (McConaughey) WINNER, Best Supporting Actor (Leto) WINNER
(3)Writers Guild Awards: Best Original Screenplay Nominee
(4)Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor-Drama (McConaughey) WINNER, Best Supporting Actor (Leto) WINNER
(5)Costume Designers Guild Awards: Best Costume Design (Period) Nomination
(6)National Society of Film Critics: Best Supporting Actor (Leto) RUNNER-UP
(7)Critics Choice Awards: Best Picture Nominee, Best Actor (McConaughney) WINNER, Best Supporting Actor (Leto) WINNER
(8)New York Film Critics Circle: Best Supporting Actor (Leto) WINNER
(9)Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Supporting Actor (Leto) WINNER

Comments
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Before it premiered most people just looked at it as a vehicle for a Best Actor nod for McConaughey, however it has exceeded expectations and now looks to be a serious Best Picture contender as well. Leto is getting even more buzz for his performance than McConaughey and Garner is getting some praise as well.
UPDATE: Despite getting some strong reviews for the film and the performances, there has been an unexpected amount of criticism thrown at this film from the LGBT community. There have already been numerous articles about how hollywood decided to take an LGBT story and presents it from the point of view of a straight man. That negativity could easily prevent it from getting the amount of awards attention that it was expected to receive. ” - HLMPartDeux
 
7.
Captain Phillips (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. (134 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ IN THE RUNNING
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Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Abdi), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing,


BUZZ
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HIGH

Release Date
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Wide: October 11

Precursor Awards
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(1)Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Actor (Hanks) Nominee, Best Supporting Actor (Abdi) Nominee
(2)Producers Guild Awards: Best Picture Nominee
(3)Writers Guild Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee
(4)Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture-Drama Nominee, Best Director Nominee, Best Actor-Comedy (Hanks) Nominee, Best Supporting Actor (Abdi) Nominee
(5)ACE Eddie Awards: Best Editing (Dramatic) Nomination
(6)Art Directors Guild Awards: Best Art Direction (Contemporary) Nomination
(7)Director's Guild Awards: Best Director Nomination
(8)American Society of Cinematographers Awards: Best Cinematography Nomination
(9)BAFTA Awards: Best Picture Nomination, Best Director Nomination, Best Actor (Hanks)Nomination, Best Supporting Actor (Abdi) Nomination, Best Adapted Screenplay Nomination, Best Sound Nomination, Best Editing Nomination, Best Cinematography Nomination, Best Music Nomination
(10)National Society of Film Critics: Best Supporting Actor (Abdi) RUNNER-UP
(11)Critics Choice Awards: Best Picture Nominee, Best Director Nominee, Best Actor (Hanks) Nominee, Best Supporting Actor (Abdi) Nominee, Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee, Best Editing Nominee
(12)American Film Institute: Top Ten Film

Trailers & Clips
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Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eruwOiHoTTo
Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWaQZTxxlmk
Trailer 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7JptS2VZNg
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXKn6Y52AwM
Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTwB7ypMZkw
Clip 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9ib-4LivF8
Clip 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oixRLGRgzU8
Clip 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d00M8OVKk_M

Comments
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Its been awhile since a Greengrass film received this much oscar attention. He's only been nominated once but his name still carries alot of respect. The reviews its receiving are great and at the moment it seems to be a sure bet for a nomination. Hanks is getting the expected strong notices for his performance and he could be on his way to being nominated twice this year. Unexpectedly, the antagonist of the film played by Abdi is getting alot of positive feedback as well and if the buzz on the film continues to grow then he could be looking at a nomination as well. ” - HLMPartDeux
 
8.
Her (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need. (126 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ IN THE RUNNING
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Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Original Song ("The Moon Song")


BUZZ
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HIGH

Release Date
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Festival: October 13
Limited: December 18
Wide: January 10 2014

Precursor Awards
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(1)Producers Guild Awards: Best Picture Nominee
(2)Writers Guild Awards: Best Original Screenplay Nominee
(3)Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture-Comedy Nominee, Best Actor-Comedy (Phoenix) Nominee, Best Screenplay WINNER
(4)ACE Eddie Awards: Best Editing (Dramatic) Nomination
(5)Art Directors Guild Awards: Best Art Direction (Contemporary) Nomination
(6)Costume Designers Guild Awards: Best Costume Design (Contemporary) Nomination
(7)National Society of Film Critics: Best Picture RUNNER-UP
(8)Critics Choice Awards: Best Picture Nominee, Best Director Nominee, Best Supporting Actress (Johanssen) Nominee, Best Original Screenplay WINNER, Best Art Direction Nominee, Best Original Score Nominee
(9)National Board of Review: Top Ten Film, Best Film WINNER, Best Director (Jonze) WINNER
(10)Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Picture WINNER, Best Director (Jonze) RUNNER-UP, Best Screenplay RUNNER-UP, Best Production Design WINNER
(11)American Film Institute: Top Ten Film

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QRvTv_tpw0
Original Song Nominee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU6KFnGF9M8

Comments
-----------------
Critics started raving about it after its premiere and judging by the way the critics awards are turning out, they haven't stopped loving it. The man hindrance keeping this film from having a stronger chance is the premise of the film and the perception that the older academy members (who make of the majority of voters) wont get it or relate to it. Jonze has gotten one nomination in the past but that was over a decade ago. Phoenix managed to get a nomination last year despite blowing off alot of the oscar campaigning process, but with a Best Actor race as tight as this one it will be hard for him to get in. And just a side note: I know alot of critics as pushing hard for Johanssen to get recognized for her voice performance but I HIGHLY doubt that its going to happen. ” - HLMPartDeux
 
9.
Philomena (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. (98 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Picture, Best Actress (Dench), Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score

BUZZ
------------
HIGH

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: August
Limited: November 1

Precursor Awards
----------------------
(1)Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Actress (Dench) Nominee
(2)Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture-Drama Nominee, Best Actress-Drama (Dench) Nominee, Best Screenplay Nominee
(3)Costume Designers Guild Awards: Best Costume Design (Contemporary) Nomination
(4)BAFTA Awards: Best Picture Nomination, Best Actress (Dench) Nomination, Best Adapted Screenplay Nomination
(5)Critics Choice Awards: Best Actress (Dench) Nominee, Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZQkETG0aJ0
Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAb4A5_5Gf0

Comments
-----------------
Another film that had a fantastic showing at Telluride. Whether that hype can sustain all the way to the Oscars still remains to be seen however. ” - HLMPartDeux
 
10.
Blue Jasmine (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love... (98 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Actress (Blancett), Best Supporting Actress (Hawkins), Best Original Screenplay

BUZZ
------------
MEDIUM

Release Date
-------------------
Limited: July 26
Wide: August 23

Precursor Awards
------------------------------
(1)Producers Guild Awards: Best Picture Nominee
(2)Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Actress (Blanchett) WINNER
(3)Writers Guild Awards: Best Original Screenplay Nominee
(4)Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress-Comedy (Blanchett) WINNER, Best Supporting Actress (Hawkins) Nominee
(5)Costume Designers Guild Awards: Best Costume Design (Contemporary) Nomination
(6)Art Directors Guild Awards: Best Art Direction (Contemporary) Nomination
(7)BAFTA Awards: Best Actress (Blanchett) Nomination, Best Supporting Actress (Hawkins) Nomination, Best Original Screenplay Nomination
(8)National Society of Film Critics: Best Actress (Blanchett) WINNER, Best Supporting Actress (Hawkins) RUNNER-UP
(9)Critics Choice Awards: Best Actress (Blanchett) Nominee, Best Original Screenplay Nominee
(10)New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actress (Blanchett) WINNER
(11)Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actress (Blanchett) WINNER

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWLtj4LY5CA
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD36hgHz2WI
Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20-jaGBl1Uw
Clip 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls5Hl9D5hVs
Clip 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zYhWRGd7xQ
Clip 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhHmL7CgSOA
Clip 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baX4J1Qwg28 ” - HLMPartDeux
 
11.
August: Osage County (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. (121 mins.)
Director: John Wells
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Actress (Streep), Best Supporting Actress (Roberts)


BUZZ
------------
MEDIUM

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: September
Limited: December 25

Precursor Awards
-----------------------
(1)Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Ensemble Nominee, Best Actress (Streep) Nominee, Best Supporting Actress (Roberts) Nominee
(2)Writers Guild Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee
(3)Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress-Comedy (Streep) Nominee, Best Supporting Actress (Roberts) Nominee
(4)BAFTA Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Roberts) Nomination
(5)ACE Eddie Awards: Best Editing (Comedy) Nomination
(6)Art Directors Guild Awards: Best Art Direction (Contemporary) Nomination
(7)Critics Choice Awards: Best Actress (Streep) Nominee, Best Supporting Actress (Roberts) Nominee, Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee, Best Ensemble Nominee

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Hd_uO72h1s
Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VBEZrkCT8Q

Comments
----------------
The fate of this one is going to be incredibly hard to predict. It is the kind of film that the Oscars love and features a ton of previous oscar nominated actors but the reception has been mixed. Streep is always a lock for a nomination, and Roberts likely is a lock as well if they decide to put her in the supporting category. I'm sure that in the minds of the producers this was supposed to be the film to take it all, but judging from the reception it has received from its festival screenings, it just isn't great enough. The performances and the script are being praised but the uninspired direction of the film is what is apparently holding this film back. ” - HLMPartDeux
 
12.
Before Midnight (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna. (109 mins.)
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Adapted Screenplay


BUZZ
------------
MEDIUM

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: January 20
Limited: May 24
Wide: June 14

Precursor Awards
------------------------------
(1)Writers Guild Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee
(2)Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress-Comedy (Delpy) Nominee
(3)National Society of Film Critics: Best Actress RUNNER-UP, Best Screenplay WINNER
(4)Critics Choice Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee
(5)Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Screenplay WINNER

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mum2igizSJY
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aazQ5hZrSl8
Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaT24oY4Yp0
Clip 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQJMqhEZqBY ” - HLMPartDeux
 
13.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring. (161 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects

BUZZ
------------
TECHNICAL CATEGORIES ONLY

Precursor Awards
-----------------------
(1)Art Directors Guild Awards: Best Art Direction (Fantasy) Nomination
(2)Costume Designers Guild Awards: Best Costume Design (Fantasy) Nomination
(3)BAFTA Awards: Best Makeup Nomination, Best Visual Effects Nomination
(4)Critics Choice Awards: Best Art Direction Nominee, Best Costume Design Nominee, Best Makeup Nominee, Best Visual Effects Nominee

Release Date
-------------------
Wide: December 13 ” - HLMPartDeux
 
14.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. (104 mins.)
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing,


BUZZ
------------
TECHNICAL CATEGORIES ONLY

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: May 19
Limited: December 6
Wide: December 20

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTVwJnW_U7M
Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHw8emMnEao
Trailer 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXLmorEMEhA
Trailer 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-vC6DZJmlw
Trailer 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJjth0Xo8Z4


Precursor Awards
------------------------------
(1)Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture-Comedy Nominee, Best Actor-Comedy (Issac) Nominee, Best Original Song ("Please Mr. Kennedy") Nominee
(2)ACE Eddie Awards: Best Editing (Musical) Nomination
(3)Art Directors Guild Awards: Best Art Direction (Period) Nomination
(4)American Society of Cinematographers Awards: Best Cinematography Nomination
(5)BAFTA Awards: Best Original Screenplay Nomination, Best Sound Nomination, Best Cinematography Nomination
(6)National Society of Film Critics: Best Picture WINNER, Best Director WINNER, Best Actor (Issac) WINNER, Best Screenplay RUNNER-UP, Best Cinematography WINNER
(7)Critics Choice Awards: Best Picture Nominee, Best Original Screenplay Nominee, Best Cinematography Nominee, Best Original Song ("Please Mr. Kennedy")Nominee
(8)New York Film Critics Circle: Best Cinematography WINNER
(9)National Board of Review: Top Ten Film, Best Original Screenplay WINNER
(10)Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Production Design RUNNER-UP, Best Cinematography RUNNER-UP
(11)American Film Institute: Top Ten Film

Comments
----------------
The Coens are almost always shoe-ins for oscar nominations. Even their films that arent universally praised like A Serious Man have managed to get nominations in the past. Oscar Issac is the actor being praised the most but its a subdued performance and with the fierce competition this year it will be hard for him to get in. The film overall seems to be subdued because while critics are calling it a great film, they aren't hugely enthusiastic about it. Expect this one to received multiple nominations but it likely wont win anything.
Its best chance would have been Best Song but its disqualified from that category. ” - HLMPartDeux
 
15.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby. (143 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Production Design, Best Costume Design

BUZZ
------------
TECHNICAL CATEGORIES ONLY

Release Date
-------------------
Wide: May 10

Precursor Awards
----------------------
(1)Art Directors Guild Awards: Best Art Direction (Period) Nomination
(2)Costume Designers Guild Awards: Best Costume Design (Period) Nomination
(3)BAFTA Awards: Best Makeup Nominee, Best Costume Design Nomination, Best Production Design Nominee
(4)Critics Choice Awards: Best Art Direction WINNER, Best Costume Design WINNER, Best Song ("Young & Beautiful") Nominee

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rARN6agiW7o
Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os2gKtW9aZk
Trailer 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53BjwbYdyH8
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60Em15nOpq4
Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hzdr_oguio
Clip 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKs6tUxVC7M
Clip 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bbRITl23TA
Clip 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AXywjN_H24
Clip 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSWO2hiS1YM
Clip 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaZFp-t2WZs
Clip 8: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FXl23gkB54 ” - HLMPartDeux
 
16.
The Grandmaster (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee. (130 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design

BUZZ
------------
TECHNICAL CATEGORIES ONLY

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: February 7
Limited: August 30

Precursor Awards
-----------------------
(1)American Society of Cinematographers Awards: Best Cinematography Nomination

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-XHT4j4OS4
Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ot6tO9ico4
Trailer 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NaCpIP_ASg
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML5jUmfHz_I
Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF6ZMbOw_0U
Clip 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y3hFtIQ6rU
Clip 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiRDXCIU8uA ” - HLMPartDeux
 
17.
Lone Survivor (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (121 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing

BUZZ
------------
TECHNICAL CATEGORIES ONLY

Release Date
-------------------
Limited: December 27
Wide: January 10 2014

Precursor Awards
-------------------------
(1)Writers Guild Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay Nominee
(2)National Board of Review: Top Ten Film

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnh9DHLDRVM ” - HLMPartDeux
 
18.
The Lone Ranger (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice. (150 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Visual Effects

BUZZ
------------
TECHNICAL CATEGORIES ONLY

Release Date
-------------------
Wide: July 3 ” - HLMPartDeux
 
19.
Prisoners (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. (153 mins.)
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Cinematography

BUZZ
------------
TECHNICAL CATEGORIES ONLY

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: September
Wide: September 20

Precursor Awards
-------------------------
(1)American Society of Cinematographers Awards: Best Cinematography Nomination
(2)Critics Choice Awards: Best Cinematography Nominee
(3)National Board of Review: Top Ten Film, Best Ensemble WINNER

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv7WGFPR7ew
Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDeQ9YFKmLM
Trailer 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0nRT7_8XFE
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLw_zM4hQWc
Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYEsoTPm62c
Clip 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA06MqgAnnM
Clip 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2ikguvWwvE
Clip 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOBzBMiSY2U

Comments
----------------
Prisoners had a great showing at Telluride. Many commended the film for its direction and style, however it was seen as sluggish and way too long which could definitely hurt its chances. ” - HLMPartDeux
 
20.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. (141 mins.)
Director: Justin Chadwick
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Original Song ("Ordinary Love")


BUZZ
------------
TECHNICAL CATEGORIES ONLY

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: September
Wide: November 29

Precursor Awards
-----------------------
(1)Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor-Drama (Elba) Nominee, Best Original Score Nominee, Best Original Song ("Ordinary Love") WINNER
(2)Critics Choice Awards: Best Song ("Ordinary Love") Nominee

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io9VFZYTjVQ
Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPCAyUnIK9I
Trailer 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJ6eQN8o12o
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pipxgkwm5R4
Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhmRfyYqTUY
Clip 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9xmQ4U6Cw0
Original Song Nominee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC3ahd6Di3M

Comments
-----------------
There was alot of hope that this one could be a success in the awards race. Unfortunately, reviews are claiming that its just a standard, uninteresting paint by the numbers biopic. The U2 Song is looking like its best chance at any recognition at the moment. ” - HLMPartDeux
 
21.
Alone Yet Not Alone (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
The year is 1755, and the English colonies are being ravaged by the atrocities of war. Opposing European... (103 mins.)
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Original Song ("Alone Yet Not Alone")

BUZZ
------------
TECHNICAL CATEGORIES ONLY

Release Date
-------------------
Limited: September

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n0TORpISk8
Original Song Nominee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWVyVMbSzM4

Comments
------------------
WTF???? Seriously? ” - HLMPartDeux
 
22.
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. (125 mins.)
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Original Score


BUZZ
------------
TECHNICAL CATEGORIES ONLY

Release Date
-------------------
Limited: December 13
Wide: December 20

Precursor Awards
-------------------------
(1)Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Actress (Thompson) Nominee
(2)Producers Guild Awards: Best Picture Nominee
(3)Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress-Comedy (Thompson) Nominee
(4)ACE Eddie Awards: Best Editing (Dramatic) Nomination
(5)Art Directors Guild Awards: Best Art Direction (Period) Nomination
(6)Costume Designers Guild Awards: Best Costume Design (Period) Nomination
(7)BAFTA Awards: Best Actress (Thompson) Nomination, Best Music Nomination, Best Costume Design Nomination
(8)Critics Choice Awards: Best Picture Nominee, Best Actress (Thompson) Nominee, Best Costume Design Nominee, Best Score Nominee
(9)National Board of Review: Top Ten Film, Best Actress (Thompson) WINNER
(10)American Film Institute: Top Ten Film

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5kYmrjongg

Comments
----------------
This is the film that on paper seems to be the kind of movie that Oscar voters love. It is 1) a lighthearted drama, 2) family friendly, 3) tells a famous story about Hollywood, 4) is set in a time period that the older voters can recall fondly, and 5) features actors that they love (Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson). If it tackled a serious social issue and featured someone with a serious medical condition then it would literally have gone through the entire checklist of things that oscar voters love. Unless the film comes out to terrible reviews, look for it to receive multiple nominations.
UPDATE - The reviews are good and it seems poised to be a hit at the box office but surprisingly it is missing out on a bunch of major awards like the SAG and Golden Globes.
UPDATE - What seemed to be the least controversial film of the year is becoming increasingly controversial day by day. Numerous articles criticizing its depiction of Disney and inaccuracy have come out. Meryl Streep herself has even spoken out against supporting the film because of Disney's alleged misogyny. Dont be surprised if this gets shut out of alot of expected nominations. ” - HLMPartDeux
 
23.
The Book Thief (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents. (131 mins.)
Director: Brian Percival
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Original Score


BUZZ
------------
TECHNICAL CATEGORIES ONLY

Release Date
-------------------
Wide: November 15

Precursor Awards
-------------------------
(1)Golden Globe Awards: Best Original Score Nominee
(2)BAFTA Awards: Best Makeup Nomination, Best Music Nomination

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2XQsGrqulM
Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dRuGwS1gWU
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVrLZqt4KmI ” - HLMPartDeux
 
24.
The Invisible Woman (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death. (111 mins.)
Director: Ralph Fiennes
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Costume Design

BUZZ
------------
TECHNICAL CATEGORIES OLY

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: September
Limited: December 25

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVZlqGyPdiw

Precursor Awards
----------------------
(1)BAFTA Awards: Best Costume Design Nominee

Comments
----------------
Mediocre reviews are coming out. No standout performances and the story seems muddled. ” - HLMPartDeux
 
25.
Bad Grandpa (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
86-year-old Irving Zisman takes a trip from Nebraska to North Carolina to take his 8 year-old grandson, Billy, back to his real father. (92 mins.)
Director: Jeff Tremaine
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Makeup & Hairstyling

BUZZ
------------
TECHNICAL CATEGORIES ONLY

Release Date
-------------------
Wide: October 25

Comments
-----------------
Never expected this to end up on the list, but I guess the makeup branch is willing to overlook the kind of movie it is and focus on the great makeup work that was done in it. ” - HLMPartDeux
 
26.
All Is Lost (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face. (106 mins.)
Director: J.C. Chandor
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Sound Editing

BUZZ
------------
TECHNICAL CATEGORIES ONLY

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: May 22
Limited: October 18

Precursor Awards
------------------------------
(1)Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor-Drama (Redford) Nominee, Best Original Score WINNER
(2)National Society of Film Critics: Best Actor (Redford) RUNNER-UP
(3)Critics Choice Awards: Best Actor (Redford) Nominee
(4)New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor (Redford) WINNER

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm8zJudgFvw
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnMpPV8DPcA
Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fi5WruVCGk ” - HLMPartDeux
 
27.
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. (132 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Visual Effects

BUZZ
------------
TECHNICAL CATEGORIES ONLY

Precursor Awards
-----------------------
(1)Art Directors Guild Awards: Best Art Direction (Fantasy) Nomination
(2)BAFTA Awards: Best Visual Effects Nominee
(3)Critics Choice Awards: Best Visual Effects Nominee

Release Date
-------------------
Wide: May 16 ” - HLMPartDeux
 
28.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. (130 mins.)
Director: Shane Black
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Visual Effects

BUZZ
------------
TECHNICAL CATEGORIES ONLY

Precursor Awards
-----------------------
(1)BAFTA Awards: Best Visual Effects Nominee
(2)Critics Choice Awards: Best Visual Effects Nominee

Release Date
-------------------
Wide: May 3 ” - HLMPartDeux
 
29.
Frozen (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. (102 mins.)
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Animated Film , Best Original Song ("Let it Go")

BUZZ
------------
VERY HIGH

Release Date
-------------------
Wide: November 27

Precursor Awards
------------------------------
(1)Producers Guild Awards: Best Animated Film WINNER
(2)Golden Globe Awards: Best Animated Film WINNER, Best Original Song ("Let It Go") Nominee
(3)Annie Awards: Best Animated Feature Nomination, (10 Total Nominations)
(4)BAFTA Awards: Best Animated Film Nominee
(5)Critics Choice Awards: Best Animated Film WINNER, Best Original Song ("Let It Go") WINNER

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WdC4DaYIeQ
Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxwwjnguOGg
Trailer 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbQm5doF_Uc
Trailer 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLzfXQSPBOg
Original Song Nominee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moSFlvxnbgk ” - HLMPartDeux
 
30.
The Wind Rises (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. (126 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Animated Film

BUZZ
------------
VERY HIGH

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: September 1
Limited: November 8
Wide: February 21 2014

Precursor Awards
------------------------------
(1)Golden Globe Awards: Best Foreign Language Film Nominee (Not Eligible for Animated Film Category)
(2)Annie Awards: Best Animated Feature Nomination, (3 Total Nominations)
(3)Critics Choice Awards: Best Animated Film Nominee
(4)New York Film Critics Circle: Best Animated Film WINNER
(5)National Board of Review: Best Animated Film WINNER
(6)Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Animated Film RUNNER-UP

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MykL1XjjX0Y
Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGr8XDxB-9I ” - HLMPartDeux
 
31.
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When Gru, the world's most super-bad turned super-dad has been recruited by a team of officials to stop lethal muscle and a host of Gru's own, He has to fight back with new gadgetry, cars, and more minion madness. (98 mins.)
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Animated Film , Best Original Song ("Happy")

BUZZ
------------
HIGH

Release Date
-------------------
Wide: July 3

Precursor Awards
------------------------------
(1)Producers Guild Awards: Best Animated Film Nominee
(2)Golden Globe Awards: Best Animated Film Nominee
(3)Annie Awards: Best Animated Feature Nomination, (11 Total Nominations)
(4)BAFTA Awards: Best Animated Film Nominee
(5)Critics Choice Awards: Best Animated Film Nominee, Best Original Song ("Happy")

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuzyODgWRp4
Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uU3hpF7XLPg
Trailer 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koNSa_6Fd1U
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDe8WdNuoVk
Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1AkUNL0kHQ
Clip 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6svF-o6X_w
Clip 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLgdJXodr2E
Clip 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8yyxM74U5I
Clip 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBPrrbcf44M
Clip 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYcB5SJfZog
Clip 8: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4ZJM3HGGOc
Clip 9: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIi3uYKEwfk
Clip 10: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ylClsCut4k
Clip 11: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEY1XEjnWGc
Original Song Nominee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM ” - HLMPartDeux
 
32.
Ernest & Celestine (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine. (80 mins.)
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Animated Film

BUZZ
------------
HIGH

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: May 23 2012

Precursor Awards
------------------------------
(1)Annie Awards: Best Animated Feature Nomination, (6 Total Nominations)
(2)Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Animated Film WINNER

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ1rmOYLr2U
Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1Zve61sQZ8
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssd3FKVOsnw
Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBdRtR3qFZg
Clip 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peeiZf7zhY4 ” - HLMPartDeux
 
33.
The Croods (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy. (98 mins.)
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Animated Film

BUZZ
------------
VERY HIGH

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: February 15
Wide: March 22

Precursor Awards
------------------------------
(1)Producers Guild Awards: Best Animated Film Nominee
(2)Golden Globe Awards: Best Animated Film Nominee
(3)Annie Awards: Best Animated Feature Nomination, (9 Total Nominations)
(4)Critics Choice Awards: Best Animated Film Nominee

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SUkil-muQM
Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXVnbezVhdI
Trailer 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y58luxA8-uA
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1X4Ft1wrHI
Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIy-SWm-jT4
Clip 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zy6_kL5M9Q
Clip 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uzyff4dobJw
Clip 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5ptSk_kU1g
Clip 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rkv7MwDzVsM
Clip 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD-DlNeASn8 ” - HLMPartDeux
 
34.
The Act of Killing (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. (115 mins.)
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Documentary Film

BUZZ
------------
VERY HIGH

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: August 31 2012
Limited: July 19 2013

Precursor Awards
-------------------------
(1)BAFTA Awards: Best Documentary Film Nominee
(2)National Board of Review: Best Documentary Nominee
(3)National Society of Film Critics: Best Documentary WINNER
(4)Critics Choice Awards: Best Documentary Nominee
(5)Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Documentary RUNNER-UP

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_cXCOBcH5c
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Kii5OL4p-0
Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTc2qFHHAPw
Clip 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJOB987WFCg ” - HLMPartDeux
 
35.
Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. (91 mins.)
Director: Morgan Neville
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Documentary Film

BUZZ
------------
VERY HIGH

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: January 17
Limited: June 14

Precursor Awards
-------------------------
(1)Critics Choice Awards: Best Documentary WINNER
(2)National Board of Review: Best Documentary Nominee

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWyUJcA8Zfo ” - HLMPartDeux
 
36.
The Square (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience. (108 mins.)
Director: Jehane Noujaim
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Documentary Film

BUZZ
------------
HIGH

Release Date
-------------------
Limited: October 25

Precursor Awards
-------------------------
(1)National Board of Review: Best Documentary Nominee

Trailers & Clips
-------------------- ” - HLMPartDeux
 
37.
Cutie and the Boxer (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. (82 mins.)
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Documentary Film

BUZZ
------------
HIGH

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: January 19
Limited: August 16

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXS6Aby5AUg ” - HLMPartDeux
 
38.
Dirty Wars (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars. (87 mins.)
Director: Rick Rowley
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Documentary Film

BUZZ
------------
MEDIUM

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: January 18
Limited: June 7

Precursor Awards
------------------------
(1)Writers Guild Awards: Best Documentary Screenplay Nominee

Trailers & Clips
--------------------
Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2YT0K2fb4E
Clip 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTIEmO4KFSI ” - HLMPartDeux
 
39.
The Great Beauty (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (141 mins.)
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Foreign Language Film

BUZZ
------------
VERY HIGH

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: May 21
Limited: November 15

Precursor Awards
----------------------
(1)Golden Globe Awards: Best Foreign Language Film WINNER
(2)BAFTA Awards: Best Foreign Language Film Nominee
(3)Critics Choice Awards: Best Foreign Language Film Nominee
(4)National Board of Review: Best Foreign Language Film Nominee
(5)Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Foreign Language Film RUNNER-UP
(6)National Society of Film Critics: Best Foreign Language Film RUNNER-UP

Trailers & Clips
-------------------- ” - HLMPartDeux
 
40.
The Hunt (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. (115 mins.)
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Foreign Language Film

BUZZ
------------
VERY HIGH

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: May 20, 2012
Limited: July 12, 2013

Precursor Awards
----------------------
(1)Golden Globe Awards: Best Foreign Language Film Nominee
(2)Critics Choice Awards: Best Foreign Language Film Nominee
(3)National Board of Review: Best Foreign Language Film Nominee

Trailers & Clips
-------------------- ” - HLMPartDeux
 
41.
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial. (111 mins.)
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Foreign Language Film

BUZZ
------------
HIGH

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: February 10
Limited: November 1

Trailers & Clips
-------------------- ” - HLMPartDeux
 
42.
Omar (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing. (96 mins.)
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Foreign Language Film

BUZZ
------------
MEDIUM

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: May 21, 2013
Limited: March 7, 2014

Trailers & Clips
-------------------- ” - HLMPartDeux
 
43.
The Missing Picture (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979. (92 mins.)
Director: Rithy Panh
“ IN THE RUNNING
----------------------
Best Foreign Language Film

BUZZ
------------
MEDIUM

Release Date
-------------------
Festival: May 19

Trailers & Clips
-------------------- ” - HLMPartDeux