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January 16th, 2014
It’s that time of the year again: award show season. And with the best of the best, a.k.a. the Oscar nominations, announced this morning, it’s time to make a list and check it twice — a movie watching list that is!
Every year, there are specific movies you must catch in order to be in-the-know during award show season and trust us, once you’ve checked off the following 10 films, you’ll be good to go and ready to tackle every Oscar debate there is.
Take a look below and see how many of these films you’ve already seen and how many more you still need to trek out to the theatre and watch!
The Oscars will take place on March 2nd and you can watch it on CTV.
Summary: Loosely based on a true story, a con man and his partner get tangled up with the FBI in a web of schemes that snowball into dangerous territories.
Why it’s great: Well first off, what an all-star cast — Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner AND Jennifer Lawrence? Crazy! But also, this is two and a half hours of straight up thrilling entertainment filled with twists you won’t see coming.
Summary: An astronaut and a medical engineer struggle to survive in space after a disaster strikes their station.
Why it’s great: It is quite possibly the most stunning film of 2013 (you must see this in IMAX 3D) and Sandra Bullock’s performance is simply captivating.
Dallas Buyers Club
Summary: After being diagnosed with AIDS, a man illegally smuggles in unapproved pharmaceutical drugs into the United States to help treat himself as well as other patients suffering from the same disease.
Why it’s great: Actors Matthew McConaughey and 30 Seconds to Mars singer Jared Leto pull off stunning performances and are barely recognizable in this remarkable true story.
Summary: A man in the not-so-distant future forms a relationship with his computer operating system.
Why it’s great: This unconventional love story is the very reason why we love Spike Jonze’s work and it dives so much deeper into the relationships between humans and technology.
12 Years A Slave
Summary: A free black man is sold into slavery.
Why it’s great: It’s been described as uncomfortable to watch, but slavery is not meant to be taken lightly. Telling the true story of Soloman Northup, 12 Years A Slave is packed with powerful performances that we will remember for years to come.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Summary: Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street follows a young stockbroker who quickly climbed up the ranks, but just as quickly fell into a hole of crime and corruption.
Why it’s great: Leonardo DiCaprio is enough reason, right?
Summary: An American cargo ship gets hijacked by Somali pirates.
Why it’s great: Based on a true story, Tom Hanks brings his best performance since Castaway and newcomer Barkhad Abdi proves that he’s got the chops to take on Hollywood.
Summary: A father and his son take a trip to Nebraska to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.
Why it’s great: With all of will Forte’s outrageous characters in the past, it’s nice to finally see him utilize his acting chops in something little more serious in Nebraska, but it’s really Bruce Dern and June Squibb who steal the spotlight.
Summary: A troubled New York socialite temporarily moves in with her sister in San Francisco after going broke.
Why it’s great: Woody Allen does it again and Cate Blanchett’s outstanding performance already nabbed her a Golden Globe so it’s only a matter of time before she’s holding another golden statue.
Despicable Me 2
Summary: Gru and his minions return for more adventures and fight a new super villain.
Why it’s great: With so many of Oscar’s biggest films being heavy dramatic epics, it’s nice to have a little something fun and light-hearted, y’know?