See the 2014 Nominees in Some of their Best Roles
During March we’re screening some of our favorite earlier films by this year’s current nominees for Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, and Best Director.
3:10 to Yuma
Christian Bale, Best Actor nominee
Infamous outlaw Ben Wade and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have long plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans, who is struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers for the job of delivering Wade alive to the train that will take him to trial.
Directed by Martin Scorcese, Best Director nominee (also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Actor Nominee, Cate Blanchette, Best Actress nominee)
Howard Hughes was a rich young man from Texas when he decided he wanted to make movies. Age 21 he made the most expensive Hollywood film ever, and went on to break air-speed records, make another fortune in aircraft design, smash Charles Lindbergh’s round-the-world flight record, and be romantically linked with almost all of Hollywood’s famous beauties.
Jonah Hill, Best Supporting Actor nominee
The story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
Matthew Mcconaughey, Best Actor nominee
Two boys find a mysterious man named Mud hiding out on a deserted island in the Mississippi. Mud tells the boys fantastic stories about his life, including how he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper. The boys agree to help him, but it isn’t long until their small town is besieged by bounty hunters out for blood.
Julie & Julia
Amy Adams, Best Actress nominee and Meryl Streep, Best Actress nominee
Julie Powell is a frustrated insurance worker who wants to be a writer. Trying to find a challenge in her life, she decides to cook her way through Julia Child’s ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ in one year, and to blog about it. As Julie begins to find her groove as a cook, and her voice as a writer, the project provides the struggling young woman with her life’s purpose.
The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock, Best Actress nominee
Michael Oher is a homeless African-American teenager who is from a broken home. Mike is taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher’s presence in the Touhys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, Mike faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome – as both a football player and student. Mike works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.
Place Beyond the Pines
Bradley Cooper, Best Supporting Actor nominee
A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
Children of Men
Alfonso Cuaron, Best Director nominee (also Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Actor nominee, in a small role)
London, 2027. Humanity has become infertile and no child have been born for 18 years. Immigration is a crime and refugees are caged like animals, and nations are torn apart by nuclear fallout, rampant terrorism and political rebellion. In this climate of nationalistic violence, a London peace activist turned bureaucrat joins forces with his revolutionary ex-wife in order to save mankind by protecting a woman who has mysteriously become pregnant.
Charlie Wilson’s War
Julia Roberts, Best Supporting Actress nominee (also Amy Adams, Best Actress nominee, in a smaller role)
In the early 1980s, Charlie Wilson was best known as a minor league, womanizing US congressional representative from Texas. But prodded by his major conservative supporter, Wilson learns about the people suffering from the effects of the brutal Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With the help of a maverick CIA agent, Wilson dedicates his political efforts to supply the Afghan mujahideen with the weapons and support needed to defeat the Soviet Union.
Jennifer Lawrence, Best Supporting Actress nominee
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister’s place and must rely upon her sharp instincts when she’s pitted against highly trained Tributes who have prepared their entire lives. She must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.