Thursday, April 25, 2024

Oscars 2014: The Top Ten and a Couple More as of This Morning


Oscar race update: now that things are getting clearer, where are we? “The Monuments Men” and “Foxcatcher” are out of the race. “The Wolf of Wall Street” is back in, but no one’s seen it. “American Hustle” is probably in it, but no one’s seen that either. And as I’ve said before, “American Hustle” is unlikely as a Best Picture winner simply because “Argo” just won, and was a 70s true life “caper” movie. Two in a row? I don’t think so. But that doesn’t mean “AH” won’t be great.

And I am leaving “Rush” on the list. It would be a shame to ignore this film because of weak box office. Ron Howard did a superlative job. Daniel Bruhl deserves a Best Supporting Actor nod. Remember: films that win critics awards don’t repeat with the Academy. And “Gravity” has now made so much money, and will make so much more, that it could be the “Avatar” of 2014.

So where are we? Of the movies that have been seen, these are the top choices, in loose order:

1. 12 Years a Slave

2. Gravity

3. Lee Daniels’ The Butler

4. August: Osage County

5. Captain Phillips

6. Nebraska

7. Inside Llewyn Davis

8. Fruitvale Station

9. Blue Jasmine

10. Philomena

11. Mandela

12. Dallas Buyers Club

13. The Book Thief

14. All is Lost

15. Saving Mr. Banks

16. Rush


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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