While we wait for the Oscars 2014 to begin, here is a look at all the nominees for Best Picture this year. Take a look.
The con-artist comedy American Hustle has been nominated in 10 categories this year. The film has already won three Golden Globes and is considered to be a frontrunner in Oscars 2014 best picture race. A poster of the film.
12 Years A Slave isn't Steve McQueen's most nuanced or complex work. In fact, it's a very simple film: a free black man is kidnapped and sold into slavery. The white people in the film are either weak or cruel (or both). The slaves are survivors who survive terrible, brutal horrors. The world in this film is an unjust but beautiful one, its soundtrack menacing and yet melodious. There are few surprises in 12 Years, but it's a moving, soul-stirring film and it is up for Oscars Best Picture race this year. A poster of the film
Inspired by the true story of a cargo ship's captain who survived being taken hostage by Somalian pirates, Captain Phillips is a taut thriller that feels chillingly real. A poster of the film.
Dallas Buyers Club is set in 1985, when knowledge of HIV was scarce. Woodroof ( Matthew McConaughey), an electrician who moonlights as a randy rodeo cowboy, is shown to be a man of enormous appetites when it comes to substance abuse and (unprotected) sex. He is also deeply bigoted and homophobic. When he realises where his lifestyle has led him, he clings on to life ferociously and unexpectedly teams up with Rayon (Jared Leto, another stunning performance), a transgender AIDS patient. They attempt to smuggle in non-FDA-approved drugs that ultimately turn out to be life-saving.
She's floating in space, in zero gravity. That about sums up what happens in Gravity. This one line is transformed into one of the most magical cinematic experiences you'll ever have. Gravity is an exquisite film that comes heart-thumpingly close to perfection.
Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, the story follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. After the end of a long relationship, he is devastated, however, he does find but in an operating system, instead of a real woman. A poster of the film.
A crazy old man goes on a crazy mission because he thinks he's won a million dollars. It doesn't sound like much of a story, but Bruce Dern is brilliant as Woody a doddering alcoholic who is convinced there's a million dollars waiting for him in Nebraska. Funny, poignant and beautifully shot in black and white, this is one of the best road movies that you'll see. A poster of the film.
Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), to find her son whom she was forced to give away when she was a teenager as the child was born out of wedlock.
Leonardo di Caprio gives a virtuoso performance as Jordan Belfort, a crooked Wall Street trader. From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s.There are all sorts of excess, tomfoolery and sexism in this film. A poster of the film.