With award season kicking off in just a few weeks (the Golden Globe Awards air on January 12th), now's the time to catch this year's nominated films, and many of them are opening today in theaters. We broke down a few of the nominated films that are creating all the buzz. Don't forget the popcorn!
The Wolf Of Wall Street
You have Leonardo DiCaprio throwing lobsters on a yacht and Jonah Hill as his partner-in-crime, not to mention Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award nominations for Best Actor (this may just be DiCaprio's lucky year). The film is based on the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort, a Wall Street stockbroker.
12 Years A Slave
The historical drama based on Solomon Northup's life as a free man-turned-slave, stars Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Lupita Nyong’o, who have both received numerous nods for their roles in the most-nominated film of the year. So far the movie has received seven Golden Globe nominations, four SAG Awards nods, a total of 13 Critics' Choice Awards nominations, and seven Independent Spirit Awards. Talk about a front runner.
David O. Russell's gangster and con-artist film also leads the nominations polls with seven Golden Globe nods and 13 Critics' Choice Awards nominations, plus it stars a slew of Hollywood's biggest stars. You'll see visual treats—like Christian Bale with a comb-over, Bradley Cooper with a perm, and Jennifer Lawrence with blue eye shadow— in this story of '70s con artists forced to work with the feds to bring down New Jersey mobsters and corrupt politicos.
Spike Jonze's love story has already nabbed a few Golden Globes— including Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix—and even a nod for Scarlett Johansson who was nominated for a Critics' Choice Award. The film follows heartbroken writer Theodore (Phoenix) who falls in love with his computer's operating system, Samantha (voiced by Johansson), giving him a new lease on life. And you thought you were addicted to your smartphone.
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney gave a new meaning to 3-D films thanks to their blockbuster space thriller that has audiences at the edge of their seats. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, the film not only earned Bullock several nominations for Best Actress—including a Golden Globe, SAG, and Critics' Choice Award—but nods for Best Picture and Best Director. Houston, we think we may have an Oscar contender here.
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