Best Picture Predictions: The Academy Awards 2013
Which will you back for the big prize?
As Martin Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street hits cinemas worldwide in a matter of weeks, talk is turning towards 2014 Academy Awards - and namely the Best Picture nominations. Buro 24/7 gives you a top ten rundown of the main contenders:
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Space suspended in 3D, allowing the to visit space from their seat.
Cuaron planned this film for five years - a cosmic suspense thriller shot in 3D. It's a film about two astronauts, primarily Sandra Bullock's character and her story, with awesome special effects.
2. 12 Years a Slave
Directed by: Steve McQueen
A screen adaptation of the memoirs of Solomon Northrup.
A British-American historical drama film, a fictionalised adaptation of the 1853 autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery.
3. American Hustle
Director: David O. Russell
An upcoming crime drama film based on the FBI ABSCAM operation.
A crook and a bully (Christian Bale) and his accomplice (Amy Adams) spy on other rogues, as well as politicians and mafia - led by a corrupt federal agent (Bradley Cooper). At the centre of the story is a careless head of the State Assembly of New Jersey (Jeremy Renner), who is considered a local hero. Also stars Jennifer Lawrence.
4. Saving Mr. Banks
Director: John Lee Hancock
An American biographical drama from screenplay written by Kelly Marcel.
The picture centres on the production of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios film, Mary Poppins. Taking its title from the patriarchal character of the same name, the film depicts author P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson) and her two-week briefing in Los Angeles as she is persuaded by filmmaker Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), in his attempts to obtain the screen rights to her novel. Also starring Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, and Colin Farrell.
5. The Monuments Men
Directed by: George Clooney
The film is based on the book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel.
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. Starring Matt Damon, George Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin,Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett.
6. Captain Phillips
Director: Paul Greengrass
An American action thriller based on real events.
Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) takes command of the MV Maersk Alabama at port in Oman, with orders to sail its cargo through the Gulf of Aden to Mombasa. Wary of pirate activity off the coast of Somalia, he orders security precautions on the vessel. Four pirates led by Abduwali Muse (Barkhad Abdi) in a faster skiff, carrying a ladder they had hastily welded, soon attack. Despite Phillips and his crew's best efforts, they are able to board and take control of the Maersk Alabama, capturing the captain while most of his crew hides in the ship's engine room.
Director: Spike Jonze
A science fiction romance film written, directed and produced by Spike Jonze.
Set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. He becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha" (Scarlett Johansson), a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. Also starring Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde.
8. The Butler
Director: Lee Daniels
A historical American fiction drama, loosely inspired by the real-life of Eugene Allen.
As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society. Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda and Cuba Gooding, Jr.
9. Inside Llewyn Davis
Directed by the Cohen Brothers
Already an award winning film, set in the 1960s.
A film written, directed and edited by Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and John Goodman. It tells the story of a singer-songwriter who navigates New York's folk music scene in the 1960s. The film won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it screened on May 19 2013, and will travel the festival circuit before opening worldwide this December.
10. Blue Jasmine
Director: Woody Allen
An American comedy drama being compared to A Streetcar Named Desire.
Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) disembarks in San Francisco from a flight that took her away from old life in New York and arrives at her adopted sister's cluttered apartment in a poor part of the city. Jasmine's sister, Ginger, (Sally Hawkins), is shocked to learn that she claims that she has no money and yet travelled first class - reflecting on the life that she has lost, and makes a vague attempt to rebuild her life in San Francisco. In flashbacks, she remembers her socialite life in New York with her husband, Hal, (Alec Baldwin), a wealthy businessman.