While Matthew McConaughey roped the Best Actor Oscar this year. The internet exploded with Leonardo Di Caprio memes and fake sympathy posts. Matthew must have won the Oscars but Leo sure won the internet. Having said that, the 2014 Oscars were the most predictable Oscars in the past decade. Even a not-so-versed-expert like me got 23 out of 25 predictions correct. Leaving behind the predictablity of this year’s Academy Awards JAM picks out 10 films of 2014 that would probably be the leading horses at the Oscars next year.
1. Gone Girl
Directed by David Fincher, Gone Girl stars: Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, with NPH’s character still in the dark shade we are expecting the film to get major hype. Reasons being, firstly – it’s directed by Mr. Fincher, known worldwide for transforming novels into brilliant films (Referring: Fight Club). If not for any major category we are rooting for Best Adapted screenplay on this one.
Directed by Ridley Scott, Exodus stars big guns like: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver . Though Mr. Scott has not been the good old him (referring: The Counselor) we sure know that Christain Bale will be up for a nomination next year for this one.
Directed by David Ayer, Fury stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman. We are still quite unsure about the premise of the film. If it’s a fun war thriller or something more than that. Still we root for the film for the two talented actors, Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.
4. Magic In The Moonlight.
Directed by Woody Allen, Magic In The Moonlight stars: Emma Stone, Colin Firth and Marcia Gay Harden. Another year, another Woody movie. After Cate’s win this year for the Best Actress catagory, we are rooting for Emma Stone to finally give the performance of her career in this one.
5. Into The Woods.
Directed by Rob Marshal, Into The Woods stars: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine. With Meryl Streep in the picture we can expect a Oscar buzz for this. Rob Marshal’s Chicago roped a lot of Oscars the year it was nominated. Hope this musical comes out just as good, if not better.
6. The Imitation Game.
Directed by: Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Mark Strong. It’s a World War II film about Alan Turing, a real life genius who had to hide his homosexuality. Even though Cumberbatch did some exceptional supporting roles in this past year. We still have to see him in a better solo act (Referring: The Fifth Estate). If all goes well he just might grab his first Oscar Nomination.
7. Miss Julie.
Directed By: Liv Ullmann, Miss Julie stars: Colin Farrell, Jessica Chastain, Samantha Morton. Miss Julie is a renowned play by August Strindberg, one of Sweden’s greatest writers. The adaptation would be a challenge. After a brilliant performance in Zero Dark Thirty, Miss Chastain had not been in the picture for long. This might just be another Oscar nod for her.
Directed By: Angelina Jolie, Unbroken stars: Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson and Jai Courtney. Even though we found the trailer a wee bit cheesy we are rooting for this one, just because the Coen Brothers have pinned down the script. High hopes that Angelina Jolie does wonders with her direction.
9. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Directed By: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel stars an ensemble cast of great to good actors. We are rooting for this film because we love everything that Wes Anderson does. The only thing that works against its way of being nominated is the early release date in March.
10. Inherent Vice.
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice stars: Sasha Pieterse, Jena Malone and the great Joaquin Phoenix. It’s an all-star adaptation of a Thomas Pyncheon crime novel and dark comedy. Also, Anderson and Phoenix do exemplary work together (Referring: The Master). Even though Mr. Phoenix has always been anti-oscar we are quite sure on him being nominated along with PTA.