The Real Reel’s Oscar Wish List: Best Picture

It’s the 700th post here at The Real Reel and I couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate the occasion, then with my first official wish list of the season!

If you were around the blog last year, then you already know how this works but if you’re a new reader, here’s some general knowledge on The Real Reel’s Oscar  Wish List.

  1. This is just a wish list. The following films, actors, actresses, directors, etc, are not to be confused with predictions. Those will come later on in the season.
  2. The following wish lists are highly subjective, and have been compiled  using the following criteria: (1) films that I have seen, liked, and feel should be recognized (2) Critical reception and (3) General audience reception.
  3. Every week, until the first week in December, I will share a new list in the following categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

We’ll start with the final award given out at every Academy Award ceremony—Best Picture.

For the second year in a row, there will be 10 nominees but because I like being difficult, I’m only going to list five today and then I’ll follow up with the latter five next week.


1. The Social Network

Directed by David Fincher

Written by Aaron Sorkin

Why it should be considered: Here’s a film that completely lived up to my expectations. From the writing, the direction, all they way down to the amazing ensemble cast, The Social Network is a film that reminded me why I fell in love with film in the first place. I expect it to score nominations in every major category, including a surprise Best Actor in a Leading Role nomination for Jesse Eisenberg. I feel like he could be the wild card, but I’ll talk about that in a couple of weeks when I get to his category.

2. Black Swan

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Written by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin

Why it should be considered: I’ve yet to see this film to form my official opinion but judging from the script, which  I was able to read earlier this year, and the film’s reception at various festivals around the world,  it would be a travesty for the Academy to snub Darren Aronofsky for a third time. (Aronofsky was previously snubbed in both Best Picture and Best Director categories for his critically acclaimed  films Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler)

3. Inception

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Written by Christopher Nolan

Why it should be considered: Because Christopher Nolan is another director who deserves his due. Visually and story wise, Inception is one of the best films of the year and pretty epic to boot.  Like, really epic.  With the exception of Leonardo DiCaprio and maybe Marion Cotillard,  the performances  probably aren’t strong enough to garner nominations in the major categories but the film itself should definitely be nominated.

4. Toy Story 3

Directed by Lee Unkrich

Written by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton,  Lee Unkrich

Why should it be considered: Uhm, why wouldn’t it be considered? This is as good as a done deal.

5. The Town

Directed by Ben Affleck

Written by Peter Craig, Ben Affleck, Aaron Stockard

Why should it be considered: This is my wild card for the season.  Undoubtedly, ‘The Town’ is one of the year’s best and it would be a shame if it wasn’t recognized in some aspect this season. It may not make the Academy Award cut, but we can definitely expect to see this film pick up a few Golden Globe nominations.


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