Oscar Contenders

Weinstein Co. Sets 2014 Oscar Slate Dating 'Grace', 'Fruitvale', 'August' and 'Mandela'

Awards positioning is already underway

Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco
Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco
Photo: The Weinstein Co.

Starting on Monday, I'm going to preview 40 potential 2014 Oscar contenders with ten new previews each day and then the following week I'm going to open my 2014 Oscar predictions earlier than I ever have before. Inevitably there will be comments that read "The Oscars just ended, can't we take a break?" and "How can you predict movies will win Oscars when you haven't even seen any of them yet?" or some variation of those two sentiments.

Well, as you've noticed over the past week or so, studios are staking out their territory as several release dates have been set and shuffled around the board and today we have the biggest update of the lot, at least as far as this year's awards race is concerned, as The Weinstein Co. has slated their four major awards features beginning with their Sundance acquisition Fruitvale.

Directed by Ryan Coogler with a much-talked about star turn by Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale will hit theaters on October 18. I wouldn't be surprised to see it play the Cannes Film Festival, but with a date like that I'm definitely expecting a Toronto appearance.

Next is John Wells's August: Osage County based on and adapted by Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. The film, which stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts among others will hit theaters on November 8.

NOTE: Click on any of the dates to see what other films are releasing around the same time.

Next is Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom starring Idris Elba in the title role and directed by Justin Chadwick. Naomie Harris co-stars in the drama based on Nelson Mandela's autobiography, which will hit theaters on November 29.

Finally, Nicole Kidman's turn as Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco from La vie en rose director Oliver Dahan will hit theaters on December 27.

I will have plenty more on all four of these films next week, but you can click on their titles for additional plot and casting information as well as pictures in the case of Fruitvale and Grace of Monaco. Stay tuned for much more.

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  • Tom Polite

    Love how the Oscars end and we are already talking about this and next year's contenders! God I love film! And this site!

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

      Same!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    I'm excited for the Oscar preview. I'm assuming August: Osage County is the most attractive BP candidate from the Weinsteins?

  • theJackal

    Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep? God...I appreciate their contribution to film, but those personalities oozing entitlement? UGH! I'm already rooting against this film. Maybe they'll impress me so much I won't care about all the pre-awards interviews.

    I hope Grace of Monaco is good, I've always enjoyed biopics (Capote, The Iron Lady, etc). 2013 looks to be a good year for the genre with this film, plus the Naomi Watts Princess Di picture, Twelve Years a Slave, and the aforementioned Long Walk to Freedom. I'd say at least one of these films will be up for discussion come Oscar Night '14.

    Thems the facts

  • Bertram J. Krogh

    Looking forward to your preview.
    Here are some of my prediction (or hopes) for next year’s nominees. These are more like hopes rather than real predictions (mostly).

    Best Actor
    Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street (now that he’s on an acting break :p)
    Ryan Gosling for Only God Forgives
    Brendan Gleeson for Calvary
    Dennis Quaid for At Any Price (Roger Ebert said he gave the performance of his career, and he has deserved a nod before, I have really high hopes for this one, but not much faith sadly)
    Michael Fassbender for Twelve Years a Slave

    Best Actress
    Shailene Woodley for The Spectacular Now
    Nicole Kidman for Grace of Monaco (Weinsteins - what can I do?)
    Jennifer Lawrence for Serena
    Charlotte Gainsbourg for Nymphomaniac (though it’s probably too sexually stuffed for the academy to even consider)
    Meryl Streep for August: Osage County

    Best Supporting Actor
    Bradley Cooper for The Place Beyond the Pines
    Tom Hanks for Saving Mr. Banks (he needs to get back in the game, hope he’s great)
    Brad Pitt for Twelve Years a Slave
    Will Forte for Nebraska (this is probably never going to happen though)

    Best Supporting Actress
    Cate Blanchett for The Monuments Men
    Viola David for Prisoners
    Carey Mulligan for The Great Gatsby
    Kristin Scott Thomas for Only God Forgives
    Reese Witherspoon for Mud

    Just wanted to throw that out there. Let me know what you think.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

      Fassbender is Supporting in Twelve Years a Slave. He's lead in The Counselor, however. The rest are fairly good

    • theJackal

      What about Bradley Cooper for Serena? Also, any thoughts on Chris Hemsworth for Rush or Kevin Costner for Man of Steel? Comic films became no stranger to Best Supporting Actor after the late-great, Heath Ledger, took the Oscars by storm (though posthumously) in 2009.

      Thems the facts

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

        Actually thems not the facts. What comic film actor has even been nominated aside from Ledger? Certainly none "after" him.

    • Beautifulm

      Chiwetel should be considered for best Actor for 12 Years A Slave.

    • Bertram J. Krogh

      Some corrections, wrote Twelve Years a Slave instead of The Counselor for Michael Fassbender, I actually knew Chiwetel was the lead. God I’m dumb.
      And I forgot a fifth nominee for Best Supporting Actor. Some I am thinking about include Matthew McConaughey for The Wolf of Wall Street and Steve Carrell for Foxcatcher (they will probably never nominate him anyways), but I’ll go with Bill Murray for The Monuments Men. I’m thinking it would be like Alan Arkin in Argo, this uproariously funny comedic performance in a serious film, that will win audiences over.

    • MajorFilmFan

      I agree with Shailene Woodley picking up a nomination for 'The Spectacular Now'. I've heard NOTHING but, well, SPECTACULAR things about her performance. And unless Lawrence and Kidman are mindblowing, she'll win.

  • cinejab

    oh my god, from the title of this article I thought you were saying these movies weren't coming out until 2014. *sigh of relief* Fruitvale is my most anticipated 2013 release.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Yeah, it's always hard to figure out how to classify each year's Oscar race. Techinically it's the 2013 Oscars we're talking about, but they won't take place until 2014 so as a rule I just go with the year they will be presented.

      • theJackal

        I lost a trivia contest once because I said Pulp Fiction won Best Original Screenplay in 1994. It won at the ceremony which was in 1995 :(

        • Danny

          Wow! In my opinion you should have won that trivia question... The Academy Awards may have been held in 1995, but they were honoring the films that were released in 1994... so you were right... that trivia contest was rigged!

  • JN Films

    Brad, do you think Harvey is gonna have a best picture winner this year?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

      I can't speak for Brad, but I think it's a very slim chance. I'd guess Clooney, Scorcese, and Cuaron will be fighting it out.

      But then again, it is Harvey Weinstein. . .

  • Dale

    I think Bradley Cooper will be nominated for something next year (maybe "The Place Beyond the Pines" or "Serena") because of his loss to the unbeatable Daniel Day-Lewis this year and the fact that he likely would have won for "Silver Linings Playbook" otherwise. Ditto Ben Affleck for being snubbed for best director this year, that is if his planned "Live by Night" makes it to the screen this year (likely not). Finally, Jacki Weaver, whom the Academy has been flirting with for the past three years, could be a nominee for "Parkland," in which she plays Lee Harvey Oswald's mother.

  • http://www.fairytalepictures.wordpress.com Satu

    It's never too yearly for new Oscar predictions! I tried to give myself a break but just ended up doing the list for next year: http://www.imdb.com/list/cQWAT97cIrs/