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Starting with the release of Prisoners last week the 2013-14 Awards Season has officially kicked off.

Prisoners, despite it's grim subject manner, finished number 1 at the box office last weekend. Indicating that there is an audience for adult oriented movies. 72 percent of Prisoners audience was over the age of 25

This weekend there are two potential Awards contenders being released, both getting a wide release on over 2,200 screens. The first is Ron Howard's Rush, starring Thor and "That Guy From Inglorious Basterds", telling the true story of a rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One season. The film is garnering a very positive response and seems to have a broad cinematic appeal despite the fact most Americans aren't familiar with Formula One racing. Currently Rush has an 89 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes the consensus being; A sleek, slick, well-oiled machine, Rush is a finely crafted sports drama with exhilarating race sequences and strong performances from Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl. If these reviews keep up this will be Ron Howard's best reviewed film since Frost/Nixon in 2008 which was nominated for multiple Oscars. Rush will look to score Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay nominations.

The second film is a bit of a wild card as far as Awards potential goes, Joseph Gordon Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon. So far the film is getting a pretty good response at 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, however only 25 reviews are in. Chances Don Jon gets any nominations are pretty slim but it has an outside chance at Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay.

The first week of October see's the release of the highly anticipated, universally well received Gravity. Directed by Alfonso Cauron and starring Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, this film could make some serious noise. Look for Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Director nominations as well as a slew of technical ones.

On October 10th Captain Phillips hits theaters. Awards contention for this film are very high as it stars multiple Oscar winner Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass, who has been nominated for Best Director before for United 93. A Small sampling of reviews have been positive but it remains to be seen if it can garner a Best Picture nomination.

The month of October ends with Oscar contenders 12 Years a Slave, The Counselor, and Palm D' Or winner Blue is the Warmest Color. All three films have a very high potential for Oscar gold with 12 Years potentially being the favorite so far to win Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director.

That's the forecast for the rest of September and October. November and of course December promise many awards contenders as well and I'll get to those in a few weeks but plenty to choose from soon at the movies!


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