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

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

A24 FILMS

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR – 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.


COLUMBIA

ANNIE – 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.

FURY – 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.
 

FOCUS FEATURES

KILL THE MESSENGER – 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 THEORY OF EVERYTHING – 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.


FOX SEARCHLIGHT

BIRDMAN – 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.

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL – 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.

WILD – 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.


IFC FILMS

BOYHOOD – 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.


OPEN ROAD

ROSEWATER – 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.


PARAMOUNT/PARAMOUNT VANTAGE

THE GAMBLER – TBA

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

INTERSTELLAR – 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.

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN – 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.

SELMA – 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.


ROADSHOW

THE HOMESMAN – 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.


SONY

FURY – Nov. 14

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.


SONY PICTURES CLASSICS

FOXCATCHER – 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.

LOVE IS STRANGE – 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.

MR. TURNER – 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.

STILL ALICE – 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. 

WHIPLASH – 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.


20th CENTURY FOX

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS – 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 – 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.

GONE GIRL – 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.


UNIVERSAL

GET ON UP – 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.

UNBROKEN – 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.


WALT DISNEY PICTURES

THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY – Aug. 8
A displaced Indian family settle in a small French town to open a restaurant, but face the wrath of local restuaranteur Madame Mallory.
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom.
Stars Helen Mirren.

INTO THE WOODS – 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.


WARNER BROS.

AMERICAN SNIPER – 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.

THE GOOD LIE – 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 HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES – 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.

INHERENT VICE – 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.

THE JUDGE – 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.

THE LEGO MOVIE  – 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.


THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY

BEGIN AGAIN – 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 – 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.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY – 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.

THE IMITATION GAME – 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.

ST. VINCENT – October 10
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.