We’ve seen some truly brilliant films so far this year, but whether any of them scream “Oscar” is debatable. Out of what has hit screens so far in 2014, the only movie I really expect will be getting some serious attention on that front is Wes Anderson’s whimsical period piece The Grand Budapest Hotel (for its visuals, his direction, Ralph Fiennes’ performance and possibly Best Picture). The Lego Movie is a lock for Best Animated Feature, and “Everything is Awesome” should earn a nomination for Best Original Song, but I don’t imagine that the Academy will honor it elsewhere. And Noah is divisive, but not in a way that has anyone claiming it will hold a place as a cinematic classic.
With those films and a few others in mind, it’s looking very likely that the latter half of the year will be the time when the vast majority of Oscar contenders emerge. And 2014 is shaping up to be one hell of a year for quality films when one looks at all the acclaimed actors and directors lining up projects in October, November and December. Keep in mind that I don’t claim to be an expert – I’m going with my gut on a lot of these. Additionally, I’ve looked at each film independently, so which categories I say each film stands the best chance of being nominated in don’t have anything to do with a film’s competition. Because of that, you’ll notice a lot more Best Cinematography contenders than there will be nominees, to give one example.
Anyways, without further ado, read on for a look at the ten films we think will be the most serious Oscar contenders emerging later this year.