ByJohn Hopper, writer at
I am an Aussie Filmmaker who has a passion for telling stories that make people question their own selves.
John Hopper

With Summer/Winter blockbusters coming to an end (I'm Australian), we now come to my favourite part of the year for cinema. That's right Moviepilots, we now come to what I like to call "Potential Oscar Season" or POS. This pretty much means that the next few months there will be quite a lot of movies with substance and story that will most likely be nominated for the Oscars and other prestigious awards.

In other words, these are highly recommended and a must watch when released. The following list are 10 Oscar-nominated predictions. Most of these movies have already won a fair few awards in festivals such as Cannes. So I will not be surprised if some of these, if not all, will get nominated or win an award- whether that be for Academy or Globe.

Of course this list will grow and change in the coming months but these 10 are looking good so far. Are you ready? Let's get started.

1. Gone Girl

Gone Girl
Gone Girl

Directed by: David Fincher
Starring: Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike
Synopsis: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

2. Whiplash


Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Miles Teller and JK Simmons
Synopsis: A young musician struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer.

3. Nightcrawler


Directed by: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal
Synopsis: A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism.

4. Birdman


Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Starring: Michael Keaton
Synopsis: A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.

5. Young Ones

Young Ones
Young Ones

Directed by: Jake Paltrow
Starring: Michael Shannon
Synopsis: Set in the future when water is hard to find a teenage boy sets out to protect his family and survive.

6. Interstellar


Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey
Synopsis: A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

7. Foxcatcher


Directed by: Bennett Miller
Starring: Steve Carell and Channing Tatum
Synopsis: Based on the true story of Mark Schultz, an Olympic wrestler whose relationship with sponsor John du Pont and brother Dave Schultz would lead to unlikely circumstances.

8. Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings
Exodus: Gods and Kings

Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Christian Bale
Synopsis: An account of Moses' hand in leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt.

9. Fury


Directed by: David Ayer
Starring: Brad Pitt
Synopsis: April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

10. Unbroken


Directed by: Angelina Jolie
Starring: Jack O'Connell
Synopsis: A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.

Honorable Mentions

  • The Judge
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Mockingjay Part 1
  • The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

What do you think of this list? Are there any movies that I left out that should be on this list?


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