BEST PICTURE CONTENDERS

Festival season is right around the corner. Many of the movies we are talking about today will come and go to never be heard from again.  There are always a few sleepers that pop out of nowhere to challenge the front-runners.  Movie studios already know which films they are going to spend money on for an Oscar campaign. It is not unlike a political race. The big spenders that host screening parties with the big actors in attendance rule the day.  DVD screeners will be sent out in plain packaging (per the AMPAS rules) to the 6,500 members.  With 200 plus movies arriving at their door, they will need to decide which is most important to watch.  Most will end up at the bottom of the pile and never seen by a voter. As the festivals and precursor awards begin, they will know what leads the pack.

Here is a list of possible Best Picture contenders this year:

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
THE MONUMENTS MEN
AMERICAN HUSTLE
THE COUNSELOR
12 YEARS A SLAVE
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
SAVING MR. BANKS
GRAVITY
LEE DANIELS’, THE BUTLER
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
NEBRASKA
LABOR DAY
FRUITVALE STATION
FOXCATCHER
BLUE JASMINE
BEFORE MIDNIGHT
PHILOMENA
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
ALL IS LOST
RUSH
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
DIANA
GRACE OF MONACO
STORIES WE TELL

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