2014 OSCARS • 86th Academy Awards • EARLY PREDICTIONS • CONTENDERS!!

In contention for nomination at the 86th Academy Awards in 2014!
2013 is a year of great films, so I have high hopes for this year's Oscars. Categories may seem a tad crowded, but that's just because there's so much to choose from this year!
N.B. This list is always being updated so it's relevant :)

KEY
Text in red is most likely to win
Text in purple is second to win



At this moment in time, the most likely top five are:
Best Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
Best Actress
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Best Supporting Actor
Jake Gyllenhaal, Prisoners
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
James Gandolfini, Enough Said
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Best Supporting Actress
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
June Squibb, Nebraska
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years A Slave
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1.
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
“ Why is it a contender?
Alfonso Cuaron always makes great films, and Gravity is meant to be his most emotional and raw yet. He wasn't nominated for Children of Men, and it's been a long time since the Academy has honored a good science fiction film.

Best Picture
Best Director - Alfonso Cuaron
Best Actress - Sandra Bullock
Best Actor/Best Supporting Actor - George Clooney (unclear whether his role is a lead or a supporting one)
Best Original Screenplay - Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron
Best Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Film Editing - Alfonso Cuaron & Mark Sanger
Best Production Design - Andy Nicholson
Best Sound Mixing - Andy Stallabrass
Best Sound Editing - Niv Adiri ” - antesdespues
 
2.
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
“ Why is it a contender?
It's never really been the right time for, Leonardo diCaprio - but now seems quite appropriate. The Academy also love Scorsese and Schoonmaker, and Wolf of Wall Street is one of the first period pieces set in the 80s. Also, expect a fiery performance from Cristin Milloti (think Lorraine Bracco in GoodFellas).

Best Picture
Best Director - Martin Scorsese
Best Actor - Leonardo diCaprio
Best Supporting Actor - Jonah Hill; Matthew McConaughey
Best Supporting Actress - Cristin Milloti
Best Adapted Screenplay - Terence Winter
Best Film Editing - Thelma Schoonmaker ” - antesdespues
 
3.
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
“ Why is it a contender?
Shouty stage plays don't translate well to screen a lot of the time (just look at Carnage), but it seems as though anything Meryl Streep touches turns to gold (and the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch's career is about to explode); so it seems hard to go wrong with such a knockout cast and the fact that every character is so complex and has a very meaty role.

Best Picture
Best Actress - Meryl Streep
Best Actress/Best Supporting Actress (unclear whether her role is lead or supporting) - Julia Roberts
Best Supporting Actor - Benedict Cumberbatch
Best Supporting Actress - Margo Martindale; Abigail Breslin
Best Adapted Screenplay - Tracy Letts
Best Cinematography - Adriano Goldman ” - antesdespues
 
4.
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.)
“ Why is it a contender?
If done right, this movie could be the fourth winner of the Big Five (and the first in 22 years)! O. Russell's last two films received lots of Academy love and expect the same from this one, especially since the casts from those two have been jumbled together in this film - so expect great chemistry! This film could also be the Best Actor nom Christian Bale has been looking for.

Best Picture
Best Director - David O. Russell
Best Actor - Christian Bale
Best Supporting Actress - Amy Adams
Best Supporting Actor - Bradley Cooper; Jeremy Renner
Best Original Screenplay - Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell
Best Cinematography - Linus Sandgren
Best Film Editing
Best Costume Design - Michael Wilkinson
Best Sound Editing ” - antesdespues
 
5.
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
“ Why is it a contender?
A slavery epic based on one of the most influential books of all time, made with a great cast and directed by an indie film maker whose past films have been about hard hitting topics. Where can you go wrong?

Best Picture
Best Director - Steve McQueen
Best Actor - Chiwetel Ejiofor
Best Supporting Actor - Michael Fassbender
Best Supporting Actress - Lupita Nyong'o
Best Adapted Screenplay - Steve McQueen & John Rigley
Best Cinematography - Sean Bobbitt
Best Production Design - Adam Stockhausen
Best Makeup - Ma Kalaadevi Ananda
Best Costume Design - Andree Fortier ” - antesdespues
 
6.
The Counselor (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Why is it a contender?
Cameron Diaz is the female Jim Carrey. The public and the rest of the award shows love them, but the Academy never nominates them even when they have the chance (Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, anyone?). If Cormac McCarthy's original script is anything as brilliant as his books, expect an instant win.

Best Picture
Best Director - Ridley Scott
Best Actor - Michael Fassbender
Best Supporting Actress - Cameron Diaz
Best Original Screenplay - Cormac McCarthy ” - antesdespues
 
7.
Devil's Knot (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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. (114 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
“ Why is it a contender?
The third in the Paradise Lost documentary series about the same topic as this film was nominated for an Oscar two years ago, and critics are saying this dramatization of the true story of the West Memphis Three is Atom Egoyan's best film since the masterpiece that is The Sweet Hereafter.

Best Director - Atom Egoyan
Best Supporting Actress - Reese Witherspoon
Best Adapted Screenplay - Paul Harris Boardman & Scott Derrickson ” - antesdespues
 
8.
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.)
“ Why is it a contender?
The final piece to the Before.. puzzle, '..Midnight' is supposed to be the most mature film of all three. It is also likely to garner the trio team of Linklater, Delpy and Hawke a second Adapted Screenplay nomination.

Best Picture
Best Actress - Julie Delpy
Best Adapted Screenplay - Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke ” - antesdespues
 
9.
Fruitvale Station (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. (85 mins.)
Director: Ryan Coogler
“ Why is it a contender?
Sundance's favourite about the current issues of racism and the very current issues of gun control. Michael B Jordan is one of three African-American actors in the race for Best Actor (alongside Chiwetel Ejifor for Twelve Years A Slave and Idris Elba for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom).

Best Actor - Michael B Jordan
Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer; Melonie Diaz
Best Film Editing - Claudia Castello & Michael P Shawver ” - antesdespues
 
10.
The Monuments Men (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. (118 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
“ Why is it a contender?
George Clooney! Nazis! Matt Damon! A race against time! Cate Blanchett! Stolen art! Yet another supporting role from John Goodman! Bill Murray! Jean Dujardin! Nazis! Everything about this films screams Oscar.

Best Picture
Best Director - George Clooney
Best Supporting Actress - Cate Blanchett
Best Supporting Actor - Matt Damon
Best Film Editing - James D. Bissell
Best Adapted Screenplay - George Clooney & Grant Heslov ” - antesdespues
 
11.
Foxcatcher (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Mark and Dave Schultz, U.S. Olympic Wrestling champions, join Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - but John's emotional self-destruction threatens to consume them all. (134 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
“ Why is it a contender?
Steve Carrell in a straight role? Unbelievable! He will probably really deliver in Bennett Miller's followup to Moneyball, but might not be up there with the other Best Actor performances - especially in a year when Best Actor is so strong. Mark Ruffalo seems to be this film's best bet, and Oscar vet Vanessa Redgrave is only in 2 scenes in the movie but apparently steals the show.

Best Picture
Best Actor - Steve Carrell
Best Supporting Actor - Mark Ruffalo
Best Supporting Actress - Vanessa Redgrave ” - antesdespues
 
12.
Labor Day (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (111 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ Why is it a contender?
Kate Winslet hasn't had a good lead role for a couple of years, and playing a depressed single mother in Labor Day sounds like a role she can do a lot with. This film also seems like Josh Brolin's best bet for a second Oscar nomination if his other two films this year Oldboy and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For are a bit too gritty and intense for the Academy.

Best Actress - Kate Winslet
Best Supporting Actor - Josh Brolin ” - antesdespues
 
13.
The Way Way Back (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park. (103 mins.)
Director: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
“ Why is it a contender?
Oscar winners Nat Faxton & Jim Rash's have once again teamed up, only this time sitting in the director's chair. Their screenplay is sure to live up to that of The Descendants, and Toni Collette hasn't been nominated for an Oscar in ages; and Sam Rockwell has never even been nominated! Could this year change that for them? On the contrary, this indie dramedy could fly over our heads as quickly as you can say Towelhead!

Best Supporting Actor - Sam Rockwell
Best Original Screenplay - Nat Faxton & Jim Rash ” - antesdespues
 
14.
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
“ Why is it a contender?
Paul Greengrass's Somalian pirates thriller is one half of Tom Hanks' return to lead roles (the other being Saving Mr. Banks). A Best Actor nod for Hanks seems unlikely, but this film's best chance lies with the always great Catherine Keener who serves as the film's emotional side as Hanks' wife.

Best Director - Paul Greengrass
Best Actor - Tom Hanks
Best Supporting Actress - Catherine Keener ” - antesdespues
 
15.
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
“ Why is it a contender?
Alexander Payne's first film since The Descendants, shot in black and white against the producer's wishes, this film about a father and son is the kind of indie-style flick that may give its aging lead a nomination or even a win (think Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart).

Best Actor - Bruce Dern
Best Original Screenplay - Bob Nelson ” - antesdespues
 
16.
The Past (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce. (130 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
“ Why is it a contender?
If the Academy will nominate Berenice Bejo for a silent performance in 'The Artist', wait until they see her in this. What is being called one of the strongest female performances of the year needs to get the sort of 'Amour' attention that gets foreign language films acting nominations.

Best Actress - Berenice Bejo ” - antesdespues
 
17.
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.)
“ Why is it a contender?
Like Kate Winslet, Tom Hanks has ventured more into more supporting roles in recent years but is coming back this year playing Academy sweetheart Walt Disney. A period piece like this could really be a hit or miss (anyone remember when everyone thought Hyde Park on Hudson would be the BIG winner last year?!). Director John Lee Hancock triumphed a few years ago with The Blind Side though, so who knows?

Best Actor - Tom Hanks
Best Actress/Supporting Actress - Emma Thompson (unsure whether her role is Lead or Supporting)
Best Supporting Actor - Colin Farrell ” - antesdespues
 
18.
Diana (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan. (113 mins.)
“ Why is it a contender?
If Meryl can win Best Actress for The Iron Lady, and Helen Mirren for The Queen, surely Naomi Watts has a shot playing another respected female British monarch?

Best Actress - Naomi Watts ” - antesdespues
 
19.
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.)
“ Why is it a contender?
Joel and Ethan Coen's film about country singers in the 1960s may not be their best, but this sweet saga is sure to shoot Oscar Isaac into stardom and may be the surprise Picture-Director nominee that's been on everyone's radar since the beginning (think Amour or Beasts of the Southern Wild last year, and The Tree of Life the year before that). John Goodman's gotta get nominated someday, why not now?

Best Director - Joel and Ethan Coen
Best Actor - Oscar Isaac
Best Actress - Carey Mulligan
Best Supporting Actor - John Goodman
Best Adapted Screenplay - Joel and Ethan Coen ” - antesdespues
 
20.
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. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? (153 mins.)
“ Why is it a contender?
A stellar cast and great director, this film may be shunned from the spotlight due to crowded categories, but Maria Bello has been giving Oscar-worthy performances for years and has always nearly been nominated but never actually has. Could this year be hers? Also, it's uncertain whether this film will be the hard-hitting drama it's trailers make it out to be, or just another version of 'Taken'.

Best Actor - Hugh Jackman
Best Supporting Actress - Maria Bello
Best Original Screenplay - Aaron Guzikowski ” - antesdespues
 
21.
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
“ Why is it a contender?
Woody Allen's return to drama, something that has suited him well in the past. 'Blue Jasmine' is also set in New York, another thing that has suited him well in the past. Like Jonze, Allen seems to be going back to his roots which (again, like Jonze) received lots of Academy love.

Best Actress - Cate Blanchett
Best Original Screenplay - Woody Allen ” - antesdespues
 
22.
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
“ Why is it a contender?
Taking on Mandela is a big task, and I'm interested to see how Idris Elba's portrayal of the iconic figure will turn out.

Best Actor - Idris Elba ” - antesdespues
 
23.
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
“ Why is it a contender?
Even if the movie doesn't live up to the spectacular book, there's no denying The Great Gatsby will be a lavish feast for the eyes, and sure to win many technical awards. The Academy still owes Baz Luhrmann a makeup nomination for Moulin Rouge! and this years seems his best bet.

Best Cinematography - Simon Duggan
Best Costume Design - Catherine Martin
Best Makeup - Catherine Biggs
Best Production Design - Catherine Martin
Best Film Editing - Jason Ballantine
Best Sound Mixing - Phil Heywood ” - antesdespues
 
24.
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
“ Why is it a contender?
This unusual survival epic about an old man and the sea contains almost no dialogue. This could be a good chance for Robert Redford to earn an acting nomination as well as JC Chandor his second screenplay nom.

Best Actor - Robert Redford
Best Original Screenplay - JC Chandor ” - antesdespues
 
25.
The Immigrant (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
1921. 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 Ellis Island. (120 mins.)
Director: James Gray
“ Why is it a contender?
Set in the world of 1930s cabaret, Marion Cotillard wasn't nominated last year for Rust and Bone, and Jeremy Renner plays the manipulate magician who saves Cotillard's character - and the Academy love rewarding villainous roles - so expect nominations for the pair. James Gray always gets great performances out of actors and is long overdue a Best Director nod.

Best Picture
Best Director - James Gray
Best Actress - Marion Cotillard
Best Actor - Joaquin Phoenix
Best Supporting Actor - Jeremy Renner
Best Costume Design - Meghan Corea ” - antesdespues
 
26.
Rush (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. (123 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Why is it a contender?
The Academy hasn't honored a good sports film in a while, and definitely hasn't honored a racing film since the 80's, so Rush seems like it has a good chance of being nominated - especially in editing categories.

Best Original Screenplay - Peter Morgan
Best Film Editing - Daniel P. Hanley & Mike Hill
Best Sound Mixing
Best Sound Editing ” - antesdespues
 
27.
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
“ Why is it a contender?
Originally set for a 2014 release date, Philomena may have shaken up the Best Actress race, possibly making way for Judi Dench's seventh nomination - it all depends on how meaty the role is. Stephen Frears has made three duds since 2006's 'The Queen', so the campaign for Philomena will have to be a good one.

Best Actress - Judi Dench ” - antesdespues
 
28.
Old Boy (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason. (104 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ Why is it a contender?
This hasn't been screened for critics yet, but Josh Brolin and director Spike Lee have both said that this film will be just as gritty and violent as the original. This may be much too controversial for the Academy but, if done right, could be another venture into the Academy Awards for Lee.

Best Actor - Josh Brolin
Best Supporting Actress - Elizabeth Olsen ” - antesdespues
 
29.
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.)
“ Why is it a contender?
Everyone's heard about Matthew McConaughey's drastic weight loss playing AIDS victim Ron Woodroof, but not many people have taken into account Jared Leto's dramatic lifestyle change playing an HIV-positive transvestite. No one knows whether this film is going to be good enough to even get nominated at all, but things are looking up for Leto.

Best Supporting Actor - Jared Leto ” - antesdespues
 
30.
Out of the Furnace (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn't follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice. (116 mins.)
Director: Scott Cooper
“ Why is it a contender?
Again, this film could really be off everyones radar by awards season but Casey Affleck always delivers and Christian Bale deserves a lead acting nomination for all the lead roles he wasn't nominated for in the past.

Best Actor - Christian Bale
Best Supporting Actor - Casey Affleck ” - antesdespues
 
31.
Carrie (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A shy girl, outcasted by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. (100 mins.)
Director: Kimberly Peirce
“ Why is it a contender?
Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore are predicted to follow in Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie's footsteps and recieve nominations for playing a telekinetic and her religious mother, respectively. Julianne Moore seems like this film's best bet for a win though.

Best Supporting Actress - Julianne Moore ” - antesdespues
 
32.
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
“ Why is it a contender?
Spike Jonze, where have you been! Critics are saying this film is back Jonze's roots that is Being John Malkovich and it's companion film Adaptation. - but this time it's without the help of Charlie Kaufman. 'Her' could really sink or swim.

Best Original Screenplay - Spike Jonze ” - antesdespues
 
33.
Serena (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena. (109 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
“ Why is it a contender?
Jennifer Lawrence, fresh off her Oscar win, teamed again with her Silver Linings Playbook costar Bradley Cooper, seems likely to get another nomination in a role as an infertile woman hungry for revenge.

Best Actress - Jennifer Lawrence
Best Costume Design - Neil McLean ” - antesdespues
 
34.
42 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This movie is about Jackie Robinson and his journey to becoming a Brooklyn Dodger and his life during that time. (128 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
“ Why is it a contender?
Harrison Ford plays the hardboiled coach in this baseball flick which could very likely be off everyones radar by the time Oscar season comes around. But, Ford's role is much like Nick Nolte's in Warrior - a film similar to 42 - which garnered him the film's sole nomination. Could the same happen this year?

Best Supporting Actor - Harrison Ford ” - antesdespues
 
35.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants. (102 mins.)
“ Why is it a contender?
I've really put this in in hopes that the Academy will recognize the sequel, seeing as the original was so great but got no Oscar attention. Hopes are high from fans that 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' will live up to its predecessor.

Best Makeup - Meredith Johns
Best Sound Editing ” - antesdespues
 
36.
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
“ Why is it a contender?
Personally, I loved An Unexpected Journey and hope that this film will get the Best Picture love I think it will deserve, but nominations in the technical departments are much more realistic.

Best Makeup - Ricci-Lee Berry
Best Production Design - Dan Hennah
Best Visual Effects - Shaun Friedberg ” - antesdespues
 
37.
Grace of Monaco (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s. (103 mins.)
Director: Olivier Dahan
“ Why is it a contender?
If I'm being quite honest, I don't think that, if it does happen, Nicole Kidman being nominated for Best Actress will be deserved. Biopics have really become unnecessary in recent years, and a Grace Kelly one is really only being made in hopes of an Oscar nomination for Kidman.

Best Actress - Nicole Kidman ” - antesdespues
 
38.
Romeo & Juliet (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Romeo and Juliet secretly wed despite the sworn contempt their families hold for each other. It is not long, however, before a chain of fateful events changes the lives of both families forever. (113 mins.)
Director: Carlo Carlei
“ Why is it a contender?
In a year where costume design isn't at its strongest, an good old-fashioned Shakespeare seems like a good bet. Hailee Steinfeld might have a very slight possibility of getting her second Oscar nom but her accent in the trailer didn't seem too promising and in a year when the Actress race is so strong it doesn't seem too likely.

Best Costume Design - Carlo Poggioli ” - antesdespues
 
39.
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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.)
“ Why is it a contender?
Derek Cianfrance's previous film Blue Valentine was an indie hit and scored a Best Actress nomination for Michelle Williams. Ryan Gosling is long overdue a second nomination and this year may be in his favor.

Best Actor - Ryan Gosling
Best Supporting Actress - Eva Mendes ” - antesdespues
 
40.
Monsters University (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends. (104 mins.)
Director: Dan Scanlon
“ Best Animated Feature ” - antesdespues
 
41.
Man of Steel (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction. (143 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Best Film Editing - David Brenner
Best Visual Effects - Shaun Freidberg
Best Sound Editing ” - antesdespues
 
42.
Stoker (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him. (99 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ Best Cinematography - Chung-hoon Chung ” - antesdespues
 
43.
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.)
“ Best Animated Feature ” - antesdespues
 
44.
Epic (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group of characters in order to save their world -- and ours. (102 mins.)
Director: Chris Wedge
“ Best Animated Feature ” - antesdespues
 
45.
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
“ Best Makeup
Best Visual Effects - Levon Shant Demirjian
Best Sound Mixing ” - antesdespues
 
46.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When Dr. Jane Foster gets cursed with a powerful entity known as the Aether, Thor is heralded of the cosmic event known as the Convergence and the genocidal Dark Elves. (112 mins.)
Director: Alan Taylor
“ Best Visual Effects - Purvez Amirali
Best Sound Editing ” - antesdespues
 
47.
The Railway Man (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him. (116 mins.)
“ Best Adapted Screenplay - Frank Cottrell Boyce ” - antesdespues
 
48.
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A frustrated circus magician from Kansas is transported to a magical land called Oz, where he will have to fulfill a prophecy to become the king, and release the land from the Wicked Witches using his great (but fake) powers. (130 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Best Makeup - Georgia Allen
Best Production Design - Robert Stromberg
Best Visual Effects - Dave Isaac Santos Abuel ” - antesdespues
 
49.
Only God Forgives (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death. (90 mins.)
“ Best Cinematography ” - antesdespues
 
50.
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
“ Best Visual Effects
Best Sound Editing
 ” - antesdespues
 
51.
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.)
“ Best Animated Feature ” - antesdespues