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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 28, 2013 at 10:25 AM

An early list of Oscar front-runners

Scott Feinberg, the resident Oscarologist over at the Hollywood Reporter, has posted his first look at the 2013/2014 Oscar race. (Apparently his first look last year was pretty good: he accurately named 8 of the 9 Best Picture nominees.) One thing most of his picks have in common: all but one haven’t opened yet. Here’s his list of frontrunners, with approximate dates for when we’ll see them in Seattle. I’m not sure whether the order is random or deliberate.

Captain Phillips” (Tom Hanks and Somali pirates; directed by Paul Greengrass): Oct. 11

Gravity” (George Clooney and Sandra Bullock in outer space; directed by Alfonso Cuaron; just got raves in Venice): Oct. 4

The Wolf of Wall Street” (Martin Scorcese directs Leonardo DiCaprio): Nov. 15

American Hustle” (a sort of “Silver Linings Playbook” reunion, with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and David O. Russell): Dec. 25

Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (historical White House drama, with Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey): currently in theaters

12 Years a Slave‘ (historical drama, with Chiwitel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender; directed by Steve McQueen): Oct. 1

Foxcatcher” (fact-based drama directed by Bennett Miller, starring Channing Tatum and Steve Carell): Dec. tbd

All Is Lost” (Robert Redford alone on a sinking ship at sea; directed by J.C Chandor): Oct. 18

August: Osage County” (adaptation of Tony Award-winning play, starring Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep): December tbd

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (the long-delayed James Thurber adaptation, directed by and starring Ben Stiller): Dec. 25

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