This Season’s Movies!

George Geanopulos

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As fall continues onward, October has now come to an end and November has just begun, thus starting this year’s Oscar Season! The Academy Awards this year will take place on March 2, 2014 at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. While the season may still be early, many of the Oscar contenders have already been screen at film festivals and for critics.

One of the most prominent films of the season will be the latest film from British director Steve McQueen, entitled 12 Years a Slave. The film depicts the true story of Solomon Northup, a free, African-American man that is tricked and sold into slavery. Many online sources are already claiming that the film will be an awards contender in all of the major categories, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director. The film, which is said to be one of the most brutal depictions of slavery ever shown on the cinema screen, opens nationwide November 1st.

Opening on Christmas day is David O. Russell’s latest film, American Hustle. Set in the 1970s, the film is inspired by a true story, dealing with scams, the mafia, and the FBI. Much hype surrounds the film and its all-star cast, which includes Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro, and Jeremy Renner. While the film has yet to be screened publicly for critics, many predict that it will be one of the year’s strongest films.

One film that remains in limbo is Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. The film was initially scheduled for a November release date, though rumors claim that Scorsese’s initial cut of the film runs over three hours. The great master is currently working around the clock with his editor to bring it down to a more significant time, hoping to have it completed in time to have it out by the end of the year; if not, The Wolf of Wall Street will be pushed back until next year.

Other significant films to keep an eye out for include Ridley Scott’s latest film, The Counselor, Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, and Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest film by the Coen Brothers. It will certainly be interesting to see how the awards season plays out…This year seems to contain an abundance of contenders!

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