Last year I finally accomplished my longstanding goal of watching and reviewing all nine Best Picture nominees before the Academy Awards aired [review here]. It was a last-minute effort that ended up being an invaluable lesson in great filmmaking. Thus, I decided to repeat the effort this year.
To recap, these were the nine films nominated for Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards:
12 Years a Slave
Dallas Buyers Club
The Wolf of Wall Street
Do I agree that these were the nine best films of 2013? Absolutely not. Blue Jasmine deserved a nod, Rush should have received more recognition, and the inclusion of Philomena and Wolf of Wall Street is questionable. Regardless, we have a solid list of nominees that should make for a closer race than last year. The competition will most likely — as it usually does — come down to the visual masterpiece (Gravity) and the classic historical biopic (12 Years a Slave), with the latter edging out the former.