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Oscars Academy Awards 2014 – 2015: Best Picture Contenders (Alphabetically)

This year's Academy Awards contenders arranged alphabetically.
See this list arranged by studio here

AMERICAN SNIPER – Warner Bros. – Dec. 25
A Navy SEAL recounts his military career, which includes more than 150 confirmed kills.
Directed by Clint Eastwood.
Stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller.

ANNIE – Columbia – Dec. 19
A business tycoon and mayoral candidate launches a campaign to take in a young girl who has been living with her mean foster mom. Directed by Will Gluck. Stars Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx.

BEGIN AGAIN – The Weinstein Company – June 27
A dejected music business executive forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan. Directed by John Carney. Stars Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.

BIG EYES – The Weinstein Company – Dec. 25
A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s. Directed by Tim Burton. Stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz.

BIRDMAN – Fox Searchlight – Oct. 17
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. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Stars Michael Keaton and Emma Stone.

BOYHOOD – IFC Films – July 11
The life of a boy, filmed from age 5 to age 18. Directed by Richard Linklater. Stars Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, and Patricia Arquette.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY – The Weinstein Company – Sept. 26
One couple's story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. Directed by Ned Benson. Stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS – 20th Century Fox – Dec. 12
An account of Moses' hand in leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt. Directed by Ridley Scott. Stars Christian Bale and Sigourney Weaver.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS  – 20th Century Fox – June 6
The story of two teenagers whose relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. Directed by Josh Boone. Stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.

FOXCATCHER – Sony Pictures Classics – Nov. 14
The story of Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz and how paranoid schizophrenic John duPont killed his brother, Olympic Champion Dave Schultz. Directed by Bennett Miller. Stars Steve Carell and Channing Tatum.

FURY – Columbia – Nov. 12
A battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines in their attempts to strike at Nazi Germany. Directed by David Ayer. Stars Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.

THE GAMBLER – Paramount – TBA
A literature professor with a gambling problem runs afoul of gangsters. Directed by Rupert Wyatt. Stars Mark Wahlberg and John Goodman.

GET ON UP – Universal – Aug. 1
A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. Directed by Tate Taylor. Stars Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis.

GONE GIRL- 20th Century Fox – Oct. 3
Based on the bestselling novel, a woman mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary. Directed by David Fincher. Stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

THE GOOD LIE – Warner Bros. – Oct. 3
A brash American woman is assigned to help four young Sudanese refugees (known as Lost Boys of Sudan) who win a lottery for relocation to the United States. Directed by Philippe Falardeau. Stars Reese Witherspoon

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL – Fox Searchlight – March 7
The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Directed by Wes Anderson. Stars Ralph Fiennes and F. Murray Abraham.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES – Warner Bros. – Dec. 17
The final film of the trilogy that concludes the story of Bilbo Baggins and his quest.
Directed by Peter Jackson. Stars Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen.

THE HOMESMAN – Roadshow – Nov. 7
A claim jumper and a pioneer woman team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa. Directed by Tommy Lee Jones. Starring Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank.

THE IMITATION GAME – The Weinstein Company – Nov. 21
English mathematician and logician Alan Turing helps crack the Enigma code during World War II. Directed by Morten Tyldum. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.

INHERENT VICE – Warner Bros. – Dec. 12
In 1970 Los Angeles, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.

INTERSTELLAR – Paramount – Nov. 7
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. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.

INTO THE WOODS – Walt Disney Pictures – Dec. 25
A witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children's stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel. Directed by Rob Marshall. Stars Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep.

THE JUDGE – Warner Bros. – Oct. 10
Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family. Directed by David Dobkin. Stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall.

KILL THE MESSENGER – Focus Features – Oct. 10
A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine. Directed by Michael Cuesta. Stars Jeremy Renner and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

THE LEGO MOVIE – Warner Bros. – Feb. 1
An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied 'Special', is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Stars Will Arnett and Elizabeth Banks.

LOVE IS STRANGE – Sony Pictures Classics – Aug. 22
After Ben and George get married, George is fired from his teaching post, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing — a situation that weighs heavily on all involved. Directed by Ira Sachs. Stars Alfred Molina and John Lithgow.

MAPS TO THE STARS – E One – TBA
A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts. Directed by David Cronenberg. Stars Julianne Moore and Mia Wasikowska.

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN – Paramount – Oct. 17
A look at the sexual frustrations that young teenagers and adults face in today's world. Directed by Jason Reitman. Stars Ansel Elgort and Adam Sandler.

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR – A24 Films – Dec. 31
A thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on a the lives of an immigrant and his family. Directed by J.C. Chandor. Stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.

MR. TURNER- Sony Pictures Classics – Dec. 19
An exploration of the last quarter century of the eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life. Directed by Mike Leigh. Stars Timothy Spall.

ROSEWATER – Open Road – Oct. 17
A journalist is detained in Iran for more than 100 days and brutally interrogated in prison. Directed by Jon Stewart. Stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Shohreh Aghdashloo.

SELMA – Paramount Vantage – Dec. 25
Martin Luther King, Lyndon Baines Johnson and the civil rights marches that changed America. Directed by Ava DuVernay. Stars David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson.

ST. VINCENT – The Weinstein Company – Oct. 24
A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door. Directed by Theodore Melfi. Stars Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray.

STILL ALICE – Sony Pictures Classics – TBA
Despite being in her early 50s, a professor discovers she is suffering from a hereditary form of Alzheimers. Directed by Wash Westmoreland. Stars Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin. 

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING – Focus Features – Nov. 7
A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. Directed by James Marsh. Stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

UNBROKEN – Universal – Dec. 25
A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Directed by Angelina Jolie. Stars Jack O'Connell and Domhnall Gleeson.

WHIPLASH – Sony Pictures Classics – Oct. 10
A young musician struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer. Directed by Damien Chazelle. Stars Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons.

WILD – Fox Searchlight – Dec. 5
A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. Stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern.