25 potential Oscar contenders for 2014
Who will be left standing by...August?
Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Release Date: May 24
Festival Speculation: Cannes
Distributor: Sony Classics
Why: Beloved by critics and audiences after it debuted out of competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the third installment in the "Before" trilogy is already being seen as a prime adapted screenplay nominee for 2014. And honestly, that's not surprising considering the last film in the series, "Before Sunset," earned a nod in that same category back in 2005. This time around the question is whether Hawke and Delpy will finally earn acting nominations for their incredible performances. Obviously, it will all depend on the competition in each category, but if not now than, um, never. "Sunrise" is also one of the earliest contenders to hit theaters when it begins a national roll out at the end of May.
- Gregory Ellwood