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Crisp weather is settling in and aromas of pumpkin-flavored everything are thick in the air. The best season of the year is upon us — Oscar season. It’s time to sit down with a hot pumpkin spice latte and get familiar with this year’s potential Academy Award nominees.

“August: Osage County”

In theaters Nov. 8: The tagline “Misery loves family” should be enough in itself to get the attention of the Academy. This adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play may possess the finest acting performances audiences will see all year. Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin and many others are brought back to their childhood home after a family crisis. This film might just take the “Best” in every category.

“Saving Mr. Banks”

In theaters Dec. 20: This film follows the author of the beloved “Mary Poppins” when she is invited to Hollywood to oversee her book, being adapted into a movie. Through the efforts of Emma Thompson as author P.L Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, a nomination will be hard to avoid

“American Hustle”

In theaters Dec. 18: Director David O. Russel is at it again. He was nominated three times in the past two years and directed seven actors to nominations of their own. This time it is as though Russell picked all of his favorites to tell the story. Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are all wrapped up in an FBI-Mafia-con artist triangle. Someone is bound to end up on the Oscar ballot.

“Twelve Years a Slave”

The nominations that could be awarded to this film are endless. Steve McQueen could easily be up for Best Director for his illustration of a free black man kidnapped into slavery. Beyond the breakthrough leading performance of Chiwetel Ejiofor, the supporting roles are sure to see the nominee spotlight as well, with actors Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch in the mix.

“The Way, Way Back”

This mesmerizing film served as the directorial debut of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Faxon and Rash are already Oscar-anointed screenwriters, having won Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Descendents” in 2013. As “The Descendents” was also nominated for Best Picture, it is likely the Faxon and Rash duo will find a slot at the 2014 Oscars, as well.

 

“Gravity”

Alfonso Cuaron’s blockbuster will either be a definite yes or an absolute no. There is a lot of pressure put on a movie with a cast of two people, and even more so on one set in space. Bullock and Clooney have been Oscar favorites for a while now, but will that have any gravity  on their situation this year?

Other potential films to keep on the radar include “The Monuments Men,” “Out of the Furnace,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “Dallas Buyer’s Club.”

 

 

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