25 potential Oscar contenders for 2014
Who will be left standing by...August?
"August: Osage County"
Stars: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts. Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Chris Cooper, Sam Shepard, Margo Martindale
Release Date: TBD
Festival Speculation: Venice, Telluride, Toronto
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Why: Is this the Oscar bait of all Oscar bait movies this season? Tracy Letts' adaptation of his own Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play features three Oscar winning actors (Streep, Roberts, Cooper), three other nominees (Breslin, Lewis, Shepard), one you probably think has been (McGregor), another that should be any moment now (Cumberbatch) and a legendary Emmy wining stage actress (Martindale). The concern isn't over the material, but whether Wells has the skill to direct such an endeavor for the big screen. In any event, with George Clooney and Harvey Weinstein producing look for it to be at the top of pundits lists before any clip, trailer or official photo is ever seen. And yes, this could be Streep's best shot at a fourth acting Oscar.
- Gregory Ellwood