The Real Reel Oscar Wish List: Best Picture Category

October is quickly leaving us and we are dawning on a new Oscar Season. It is officially movie Christmas for me and every week I will be updating with a wish list.

I will start off big with my own personal Best Picture wish list. Due the shortage of really superb films and the overabundance of vampire movies, narrowing this list down was actually kind of easy.

This year the Academy will nominate 10 films for the Best Picture Category which may not seem like a big deal but trust me, it is. More nominees mean that classic comedies like The Hangover actually have a chance of getting some recognition(its a long shot but one can dream).

I have narrowed my list down to 5 movies and one personal favorite.

Avatar

Written and Directed by James Cameron
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, Michelle Rodriguez, and Giovanni Ribsi
Release Date: December 18, 2009

Why we think it should be considered: Because it’s James Cameron and quite frankly he had us at Terminator 1 and 2 and this little known movie called Titanic. Although sci-fi isn’t really my cup of tea I am interested in seeing how this film plays out. With on over 200 million dollar budget look for this film to be nominated in cinematography categories as well.

Nine

Directed by Rob Marshall
Written by Michael Tolkin and Anthony Minghella
Starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson, and Stacy Ferguson (Fergie)
Release Date: December 25, 2009

Why we think it should be considered: Because how could you possibly go wrong with six Academy Award winners attached to the project? Nine is without a doubt my most anticipated movie of the year. I’m sure alot of the anticipation has to do with the fact that I’ve loved Daniel Day Lewis for half of my life (Last of the Mohicans anyone??).

The Hurt Locker

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Written by Mark Boal
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, and Evangeline Lilly

Why we think it should be considered: It’s a war movie in war time done impeccably well. The writing shines, the direction shines, and most importantly the cast shines. A must see across the board.

Inglorious Basterds

Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, and Diane Kruger

Why we think it should be considered: Two words…Quentin Tarantino. His genius strikes again in one of my favorite movies of the year. Tarantino in my opinion is untouchable and deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Scorsese, Speilberg, and Allen. Years from now this film will sit next to Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs as a cult classic…it’s just that good.

Precious

Directed by Lee Daniels
Written by Geoffrey Fletcher (screenplay) and Sapphire (novel)
Starring: Gabourey Sidbe, Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, and Sherri Shepherd

Why we think it should be considered: It was snubbed by the Gotham awards but that’s childs play compared to where this movie is headed. Already receiving accolades from both the Sundance and Toronto film festival, the sky is the limit for this breakout film. Also I think it’s safe to say that Gabourey Sidibe is the Jennifer Hudson of this Oscar Season (stay tuned next week).


Hopeful Possibility

Away We Go

Directed by Sam Mendes
Written by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida
Starring: John Krasinki, Maya Rudolph, Catherine O’Hara, Jeff Daniels, and Allison Janey

Why we think it should be considered: Because it’s that slice of life film that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Sure it’s not traditional Best Picture material but it’s still a beautifully hilarious film. Oh and how can you not love John Krasinski, he alone is worth the $8 admission fee.

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