Ranking This Year's Best Picture Nominees

This year's Best Picture nominees in order from best to worst right before the Oscars.
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1.
Gravity (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. (91 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ Gravity is a purely cinematic experience unmatched by any of the other nominees this year. It's landmark achievements in special effects and storytelling are simply gamechanging. Mixed in with survival themes and an incredible performance from Sandra Bullock, I believe Gravity deserves to win Best Picture. ” - andrew-gillespie5000
 
2.
Her (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need. (126 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ One of the best romances of the modern era, Her works as a science fiction drama, a heartbreaking romance film, a gentle comedy, and a stinging cautionary tale. With Scarlett Johansson's transcendent performance, a visual aesthetic that contributes to the present-day future type feel of the film, and it's gut-wrenching, raw, and surreal story, Her is a worthy winner of Best Picture. ” - andrew-gillespie5000
 
3.
Captain Phillips (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. (134 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ Breathtakingly intense, thought-provoking, scary, and ultimately devastating, Captain Phillips is the rare action film that also serves as true-life drama. Paul Greengrass takes what could have been a conventional thriller and turns it on its head into one of the best films of 2013. Tom Hanks is absolutely sensational and deserves to win Best Actor, let alone even be nominated, not sure how that happened. And while I think Barkhad Abdi's performance is grossly overrated, he still has a menacing presence. The final five minutes alone makes Captain Phillips a worthy candidate for Best Picture. ” - andrew-gillespie5000
 
4.
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
“ Philomena is a charming little dramedy that generates much more power than I thought it would. Taking its incredible true story basis and expanding it through Coogan and Pope's brilliant script, it becomes a thoroughly absorbing and at times heartbreaking story, all held aloft by Dench's strong and surprisingly warm and disarming presence. Philomena stands tall amongst it's competitors for Best Picture, a surprise to me. ” - andrew-gillespie5000
 
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
“ While I don't see 12 Years a Slave as the Best Picture of the Year, it is a very important film that deserves to be recognized, purely for political reasons. It boasts incredible performances and technical aspects and is well-directed in addition to the politics and subject matter. That is why I think 12 Years a Slave would be a perfectly suitable winner for Best Picture. ” - andrew-gillespie5000
 
6.
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.)
“ American Hustle is a movie in every sense of the word in the fact that it is damn entertaining and really, really fun. It doesn't have the achievement or importance or depth of some of the other nominees, but it is a terrific time at the movies, boasting the best ensemble of the year. It doesn't necessarily deserve to win, but any Best Picture list would be incomplete without the inclusion of the purely fun American Hustle. ” - andrew-gillespie5000
 
7.
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
“ The Wolf of Wall Street is a good movie, maybe even a great movie, though I'm not sure it deserves a Best Picture nomination. DiCaprio and Hill are great and deserve their nominations, and it's a crying shame that Margot Robbie wasn't nominated, but as a film, there was just something off to me. It manages to be way too long yet incomplete at the same time. I think they needed to wait a year, clean it up a little, and then send it out for next year's award season because there's a good movie here somewhere, and mostly it is a very good and funny movie, just not Best Picture. ” - andrew-gillespie5000
 
8.
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.)
“ Dallas Buyers Club features what might be the best performance of the year, but not much else besides that. I genuinely hope Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor for his role here, because he is just terrific. Jared Leto is also good, but not as good as everyone says. But the movie as a whole, I wasn't crazy about. It had it's moments, some funny, sad, topical, etc., but it seemed a little messy and it was uninvolving a lot of the time. Best Actor for sure, but Best Picture? I don't think so. ” - andrew-gillespie5000
 
9.
Nebraska (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 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
“ Finally, there is Nebraska, which is not just the worst of the Best Picture nominees, but one of the worst/overrated films of the year. People will tell me that I "didn't get it" or didn't "appreciate it's simplicity" or whatever, but I did, and it's not good. June Squibb is just awful as the mother and took a spot that rightfully belonged to Johansson, and Dern is fine but just isn't memorable. The script is preachy, offensive, and heavy-handed while still lacking depth, and Payne tries to make the best of it using black-and-white but it just comes off as jarring and pretentious. Don't even get me started on its pointless Cinematography nomination. The only person involved in this film who made any sort of impression was Will Forte, who has been all but shut out of the awards season. Nebraska is the least deserving Best Picture nominee of the year. ” - andrew-gillespie5000