It’s finally that time of year again… Oscar Season! (Oh and Christmas, too).
Christmas Day at the box office will be packed with noteworthy films receiving plenty of Oscar buzz, with some already nominated for Golden Globes. Here are a few to keep your eye on, as well as consider seeing on the big screen today for their debut.
Selma - Directed By Ava DuVernay
Last year’s esteemed guest at BWFF directed this film set in 1960s Selma, Alabama, bringing the history of the town’s role in the Civil Rights Movement and the historic march from Selma to Montgomery to the screen. Did we mention Oprah, who is also one of the film’s co-producers, makes an on-screen appearance? (She plays an even feistier character than in her last screen appearance in The Butler.) The outstanding David Oyelowo has already earned a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You don’t want to miss this one; it’s been nominated for four Golden Globes and will most likely be a contender for many Oscar nominations for this year.
Into the Woods - directed by Rob Marshall
The last time a Broadway musical hit the screen on Christmas Day was Les Misérables back in 2012, and Into the Woods has people fangirling just as hard. The soundtrack is dominating sales on Amazon, and Hollywood is speculating several Oscar nods for the film. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Marshall’s adaptation is a lively musical twist on the Grimm Brother’s classic fairytales Little Red Riding-Hood, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella. The cast is loaded with Hollywood stars with Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt — just to name a few.
Big Eyes - directed by Tim Burton
Amy Adams plays 1950s painter Margaret Keane in this biopic alongside Christoph Waltz, who plays her scamming husband. The film is sure to pack in lots of Burton-esque humor and the strangeness we love; although, it's the first live-action Burton film to not feature Johnny Deep nor Helena Bonham Carter since 1996. Adams is a possible Best Actress Oscar nom, and the film has earned three Golden Globes nods as well.
Unbroken - directed by Angelina Jolie
This film is an inspiring biopic outlining the amazing life of WWII hero and Olympian Louis Zamperini, who just passed away this year. The film was adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s non-fiction novel of the same name and marks Angie’s first big production in the director’s seat. The Coen brothers also contributed to the film, writing its screenplay with two others. Prepare to be in tears, cheering and feeling inspired by its conclusion.
Here's to another exciting awards season, beginning Jan. 11, 2015 with the 72nd Golden Globe Awards and continuing with the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22, 2015. Happy Holidays to all!