25 potential Oscar contenders for 2014
Who will be left standing by...August?
"The Fifth Estate"
Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Alicia Vikander, Laura Linney, Dan Stevens
Release Date: Nov. 15
Festival Speculation: Telluride, Venice, Toronto
Distributor: Dreamworks Studios
Why: Oscar winner and former show producer Condon's return to serious drama after a stopover in "Twilight" land, "Estate" chronicles the early years of WikiLeaks and its controversial founder Julian Assange (Cumberbatch). Assange has already come out against the film while its been filming and chances are he won't stop complaining about it from his perch on the Ecuador embassy balcony in London any time soon. Besides a reunion for Condon and Linney after he directed her to an Oscar nod in "Kinsey" and an Emmy nod in the pilot for "The Big C," "Estate" is yet another showcase for Cumberbatch and Bruhl this year. The former has five releases expected to hit theaters in 2013 including four on this list. Bruhl has three. With a buzz worthy cast and Condon's return to prestige quality material you can expect critics and his colleagues in the Academy to be very curious indeed.
- Gregory Ellwood