10 Movies Getting Oscar Buzz

Because Oscar voters are known to have short term memories, most film studios don’t usually release their best movies until the last quarter of the year. As it is almost December, we are literally in the middle of the Oscar season – and this year looks especially exciting. Even if you’re not all that interested in industry awards, here are ten buzzy movies you should either check out now or watch out for in the future. These are the 10 movies getting Oscar buzz right now!

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1. Boyhood

Unfortunately, the movie was actually released during the summer so it’s not playing in too many theatres nowadays. However, the movie will be available on Digital HD on December 9, and on DVD on January. The movie, starring Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, is about the life of an American boy (Ellar Coltrane) from age 6 to 18. The movie took an unprecedented twelve years to film and used the same actors throughout the shoot. The movie has gotten universally enthusiastic reviews and its director, Richard Linklater, is already a front runner for the Oscar.

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2. Selma

The movie has just had its first official screening and it’s already gotten plenty acclaim. The movie, starring David Oyelowo, is about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr, particularly during the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches. The movie is to be released on Christmas day.

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3. The Theory of Everything

Giving a performance that almost equals Daniel Day Lewis’s in My Left Foot, Eddie Redmayne truly embodies the physical and emotional complexities of the world’s most famous physicist, Stephen Hawking. The film mostly centers on the relationship between Hawking and his first wife Jane Wilde Hawking (played by Felicity Jones). Along with the two lead performances, the cinema and musical score is also getting plenty of praise.

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4. Birdman

Although Michael Keaton has been working in the industry for nearly forty years, he has never been nominated for an Oscar…that is until Birdman came to town. There is no doubt that Keaton is the frontrunner for a Best Actor statuette. The movie, directed by past Oscar nominee Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, is about a washed up actor trying to reignite his career. Although the film had a limited release back in October, more theatres should have picked it up by now.

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5. The Imitation Game

Biopics are always popular with Oscar voters, and The Imitation Game is definitely a biopic that will get a lot of award attention in the coming months, particularly for the movie’s lead Benedict Cumberbatch. The movie revolves around the rise and unfortunate fall of pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing, who, despite all his achievements, was prosecuted for his homosexuality after World War II. The film recently won recently four Hollywood Film Awards (whatever those are).

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6. Gone Girl

This is one of those films where (unless you’ve read the book beforehand) one should just enter the theatre without reading anything about it. The twists and turns this movie gives its audience are truly astounding. However, what you should know is that the movie, directed expertly by David Fincher, has received overwhelming praise, and its lead actress, Rosamund Pike is a front runner for a nomination (although the rest of the cast, Ben Affleck, Tyler Perry, and Carrie Coon in particular, are excellent).

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7. Unbroken

Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut may have received mixed reviews and a worse box office, but her second film, about the life of prisoner of war survivor Louie Zamperini, is already receiving lots of buzz (although no critic has reviewed it yet). It definitely looks like one of those high budget war epics Oscar voters go gaga for.

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8. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Admittedly, most of the movies on this list are either still in theatres or haven’t been given a wide release yet. Fortunately, one of the best reviewed films of the year, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is already available on DVD. Like any Wes Anderson joint, the film is visually stunning, well cast and acted, with a smart, yet hilarious, script. Although, by next year, the movie will probably be overshadowed by the baitiest of the Oscar bait, most pundits are expecting Wes Anderson to, at least, get a screenplay nomination.

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9. Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher was one of the first films of 2014 to receive serious consideration, and it looks like the buzz for the film has not died down. Early front runner Steve Carell plays mentally unstable John du Pont, a real life coach who murdered the brother of his protege Dave Schultz. Known for doing mostly comedy, Steve Carell pulls a complete 180 and plays a character relatively unlikable and unstable. This is the post-Office breakout Carell needed. The film itself, however, is also expected to do well in some of the other major categories.

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10. Into the Woods

From Interstellar to Wild, there are many other films this season that will likely do well with awards. However, one should never underestimate a musical movie based on a popular Tony winning Broadway show featuring an all-star cast (a la Les Miserables or Dreamgirls). No one has seen this movie, but has Meryl Streep ever steered us wrong? Besides The Giver, she has not. Never underestimate the musical movie.

Did I miss any films? (I know, probably a lot). Tell me what you think below. Thanks for reading!

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