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September 14th Update.
1. 12 Years a Slave
The festival buzz as been outstanding so far calling this the greatest film about slavery ever made. Due to the quality and subject matter, it's the clear frontrunner right now.
Word on Gravity has also been outstanding. However, Sci-Fi movies haven't done well with the academy in the past (in terms of winning) so I'm putting 12 years a Slave ahead of this for now.
3. American Hustle
We still haven't heard much on American Hustle yet, but it was my favorite to win before the festival circuit started. I'm still giving it a good chance for now based on all the talent involved.
Rush is the type of story the Academy loves. It looks like this can bring Ron Howard back into the Oscar race. I think it will be a big hit.
5. The Wolf of Wall Street
Two words: Martin Scorsese. The man hasn't made a bad film yet. He's one of the best film makers of all time and his films always garner a lot of attention. If successful, I expect The Wolf of Wall street to be a player.
6. The Monuments Men
The Monuments Men also has everything going for it. It's a historical true story with a ton of talent involved including several previous Oscar winners. My only worry is that it seems too similar to last years winner, Argo, to be a true force in the race.
7. Inside Lleywn Davis
Similar to Scorsese, the Academy loves the Coens. They have had 4 previous films nominated for Best Picture. With the great reviews, I expect Inside Llewyn Davis to be their 5th.
8. Captain Phillips
Captain Phillips is another amazing true story highlighted by a terrific performance by Tom Hanks. It could turn out to be more of a box office thriller than a major Oscar player though. We'll have to wait and see.
9. August: Osage County
With the terrific cast and The Weinsteins behind it, I'm expecting it to grab a spot. Though it could miss out here, and just receive some love for the performances.
10. Fruitvale Station
This is tricky. There are a lot of contenders for this spot. Fruitvale Station is a devastating true story that has received amazing reviews (94% on Rotten Tomatoes).---------------------------------------------------------------
11. Saving Mr. Banks
14. The Butler
15. Dallas Buyers Club