12 Years a Slave is still glowing from its winning the 2014 Oscar for Best Picture. As it is never too early to start thinking about next year's Oscars... who is in the running to be crowned 2015 Best Picture by the Academy?
We already have 11 films in mind that could easily find themselves a year from now basking in the same glow that 12 Years a Slave is currently enjoying.
Click through and see what 11 movies could be hoisting that little gold man after being crowned the 2015 Oscar winner for Best Picture.
Ben Affleck starring in a David Fincher murder mystery based on a blockbuster book? Sounds like Oscar bait. Plus, the buzz on this flick is through the roof (it has already been on the cover of Entertainment Weekly). We know Oscar loves Ben (Argo) and Fincher (The Social Network, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
Meryl Streep in a beloved musical? We know she can sing, courtesy of Mamma Mia. And everyone knows she can act with all those record-breaking Oscar nominations. The fact that this musical blockbuster is also from Rob Marshall, who won an Oscar with Chicago, certainly gets it on the short list for Oscar 2015.
Matthew McConaughey is following up his Oscar win for Dallas Buyers Club with the mind-blowing film from Christopher Nolan. We think this film has Oscar written all over it. And perhaps, just perhaps, Nolan gets his first trophy!
Foxcatcher was originally going to come out in 2013 for consideration for a 2014 Oscar. But, the true story of a pair of wrestling brothers (Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum) and their coach (Steve Carell) and murder, moved to 2014. Smart move -- it's already a contender and avoids the crowded Oscar field of 2013.
Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Shia LaBeouf in a World War II story from director David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch)? Yes, please! This tank team behind enemy lines story has serious Oscar buzz already.
The last time Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix got together, they gave us the masterful The Master. Anderson is an Oscar favorite, and Phoenix is beloved by the Academy as well. This is also based on a wildly popular book, something that screams Oscar too. Toss in a cast that includes Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro & Reese Witherspoon (all winners or former nominees) and this is a lock.
Boyhood was all the rage at Sundance. The Richard Linklater story stars Ethan Hawke and is fascinating sounding to say the least. Linklater (who just came off an Oscar nod for Before Midnight) filmed this flick over the course of 12 years to adequately capture a family as time goes by. Simply stunning. And Oscar loves a gamble like this one sounds like it is.