The Oscars are always interesting, since you can speculate on the different categories receiving recognition. I choose to list 10 of the movies I believe have a good chance of getting a nod from The Academy this year, in no particular order.
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, the movie examines what was happening with the American President as the death toll kept growing during the Civil War and he tried to convince members of his cabinet that it was a good idea to emancipate the slaves. Also starring Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Ben Affleck directs and stars in ‘Argo’, which recounts the joint CIA-Canadian operation to rescue six American diplomats out of revolutionary Iran in 1980. Also starring Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin.
3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Director Peter Jackson returns with a new trilogy. This is the first installment of the series and tells us of the story of Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit who goes on an unexpected journey with a rather unusual group of dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield. Their mission is to claim back their lonely mountain from Smaug, the Dragon. Starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Ian McKellen.
4. Les Misérables
From director Tom Hooper comes a movie adaptation of one of the most popular musicals of all time. In France, during the 19th Century, Javert agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. This decision changes their lives forever. Starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe.
5. The Dark Night Rises
Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy. From director Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway and Gary Oldman.
6. Anna Karenina
Director Joe Wright (‘Pride and Prejudice’ 2005) brings us this visually stunning and very different version of the Leo Tolstoy novel. During 19th Century in Russia the married, high society aristocrat ‘Anna Karenina’ starts an affair with the affluent ‘Count Vronsky’, this event will change the lives of all involved. Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Matthew Macfadyen.
The latest installment on Ian Fleming’s long running franchise, James Bond, directed by Sam Mendes. Agent 007 finds himself in a tough position having to fake his own death due to an operation gone wrong. We see Bond at his lowest, exiled by his agency MI-6. Starring Daniel Craig in the role of Bond, Dame Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem.
8. The Avengers
Director Joss Whedon is at the helm of this ensemble. S.H.I.E.L.D is an international peace keeping organization made up of the most popular superheroes, such as Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When the world is threatened, they all take action to defend human kind. Starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson among many others.
9. Zero Dark Thirty
From director Kathryn Bigelow comes this film about the hunt for the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Osama Bin Laden and his eventual death at the hands of the US Navy S.E.A.L.S on May 6, 2011. Starring Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong.
10. Life of Pi
A young man survives at sea, after disaster strikes the vessel that he was in. He then enters an adventure of discovery and makes a special connection with a different sort of survivor, a fierce Bengal tiger. Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Adail Hussain.
There you are. This was a particularly good year in the movie industry and of course there are other movies that will probably have a chance to receive a nominations, but these are the ones that I choose as my top ten.
We will revisit this list once the ceremony takes place!