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This years Oscars are now over and it would be fair to say that they were one of the Academy Awards ever. Quality-wise the movies were fantastic and very hard to separate. So what holds for the future of Oscars? I've compiled a list of 10 films that are relatively unknown thus far, but feature characteristics of Oscar winning films. Don't forget to comment your ideas also!

10. Inherent Vice

A thriller set in Los Angeles in 1970, when a drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend. Joaquin Phoenix is a phenomenal actor and this film comes out later this year.

9. The American Can

Based on actual events, John (Will Smith), a New Orleans native and combat Marine, risks his life in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for the safety and rescue of 244 people trapped in his apartment building. I love when Will Smith devotes himself to a role like this, I mean I do love his comedic work but the likes of Seven Pounds and The Pursuit of Happiness prove Will Smith is a great actor.

8. Exodus

This movie screams Oscars. It has religious themes, Ridley Scott directing and Christian Bale starring (possibly a best actor award?) The plot is as follows: An account of Moses' hand in leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt.

7. Gone Girl

A woman mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary. Based on the novel, "Gone Girl." Ben Affleck stars and David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en, The Social Network) directs. David Fincher is used to making great films and this one looks to add to the list. This film is due this year.

6. The Grand Budapest Hotel

This film is out this month so it makes it difficult to know if it will feature in next years Oscars. There are some amazing actors in this film: Adrian Brody, William Dafoe, Bill Murray, Edward Nortan and MANY more. Early reviews are great and the trailer looks amazing. Worth a watch when it comes out. Look out for it at next years Oscars.

6. Serena

Look who's back again: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, who attract the Oscars like cat-nip are back again this year in Serena.

"In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when it is learned that his wife, Serena, cannot bear children."

5. Child 44

Another film slated for a 2014 release starring Tom Hardy. Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced MGB agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders -- a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership. This synopsis seems very Oscar-esque and certain to get a nomination next year.

4. Sinatra

This is the one I'm most excited for as I love Frank Sinatra. This is a proposed biopic starring DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese. Like Ray in 2006 this movie-music film is sure to grab attention from the big boys in the Oscar headquarters. There's no release date as of yet but I hope its soon! Get this movie made!

3. Steve Jobs

This film is not to be confused with the recent jOBS starring Ashton Kutcher as this film is a full feature length cinematic release. This will probably get a lot of Oscar buzz if done right.

2. The Irishman

Martin Scorsese is back on this list. This time he is reunited with old pal Robert DeNiro (His main guy before DiCaprio). It's about a mob hit man who recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa. It'll surely get an Oscar nomination.

1. The Good Dinosaur

A lot of you may know this one as it is Pixar/Disney and it is gonna be great. It was due this year but postponed to 2015. A real contender for best animation as Pixar are ya'no... Pretty good at that sorta stuff. I can't wait for this one!

Keep and eye out for all these movies, don't forget to follow me so you can keep up to date on all the biggest future releases! Comment also, start a discussion.


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