The Eye’s Oscar bait roundup
We had our fun with summer blockbusters, but along with pumpkin spice lattes and a steadily rising Book Culture tab, fall brings good movie season. At the end of every year, studios fill theaters with as many of their most intelligent and well-made films as possible before the Academy Award nomination window closes—which, of course, works out great for us, as a sure-to-be-spectacular movie comes out nearly every weekend. Here are some films that are sure to be up for a few nominations this February that you can still see in theaters.
Created by Steven Spielberg (who seems to make an Academy-baiting film nearly every year) and starring Daniel Day-Lewis of There Will Be Blood as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt of Tumblr fame, this biopic follows Abraham Lincoln through the end of the Civil War. Biopics are notoriously popular at the Oscars (think all the ones about Queen Elizabeth, along with Julie and Julia and Hooper’s King’s Speech), and this one has been receiving Oscar hype since its announcement. Release date: November 16, 2012.
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In Quentin Tarantino’s first directing job since the Best Picture-nominated Inglourious Basterds, Jame Foxx stars as Django, a slave who is bought by a bounty hunter (played by Tarantino-veteran Christoph Waltz) to try and kill a set of serial killers, thus winning his freedom and the freedom of his wife (played by Kerry Washington) from her owner (played by shamefully-neglected-by-the-
Hyde Park on Hudson
Another presidential biopic, this time detailing Franklin D. Roosevelt’s relationship with a distant cousin just before the outbreak of World War II. Bill Murray stars as a surprising but seemingly accurate FDR and is already receiving accolades for his performance. Release date: December 7, 2012.
Tom Hooper’s first film since 2010’s the King’s Speech won him Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay is already surrounded by hype. The film is based on the musical by Claude-Michel Shönberg (which itself is based on the play by Victor Hugo) and follows fleeing criminal Jean Valjean through the June Revolution in France. With an all-star cast featuring Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, and Sacha Baron Cohen, the film is likely to show up in the Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay categories, as well as gaining Hooper another nod. Release date: December 14, 2012
Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix (both of whom have nominations from the Academy, with Hoffman having won one for Capote), The Master tells the story of a man forming a religious organization in the aftermath of World War II. Some have suggested that the religious group Hoffman’s character forms is suspiciously similar to scientology, though the film’s producers have said the film is more about a soldier recovering from the war. In any case, with its critically acclaimed cast and director, The Master is sure to be—at the very least—nominated for an award or two. Release date: October 12, 2012.
To Rome with Love
Despite his ostensible dislike for the Oscar process, Woody Allen remains an Academy staple, and his latest is no different. Following Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight In Paris, Allen’s latest also depicts his obsession with tourist-y European cities, though this one features Allen in one of the lead roles. It also features Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, and Allison Pill as characters in the various stories the film depicts. Though To Rome with Love has been out since the summer, it is still showing at smaller theaters in Manhattan. In theaters now.
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