25 potential Oscar contenders for 2014
Who will be left standing by...August?
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Release Date: Oct. 4
Festival Speculation: Venice, Toronto
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Why: How many "most anticipated" and "potential contender" lists has this often delayed picture been on? Too many to count. Rumor has it, however, that Cuaron's 3-D space drama is an artistic marvel and frankly that's something you'd expect from the man who brought us "Children of Men" and "Y Tu Mama Tambien." Warner Bros. has seemingly been debating how and when to release a picture that features two of the biggest stars in the world (Bullock, Clooney). The current Oct. date suggests that critical acclaim via the festival circuit and awards-friendly October was chosen over the potentially more lucrative summer frame. So, yes, we've waited a long time for this one, but where it's landed makes it more intriguing than ever.
- Gregory Ellwood