Oscar buzz: movies to watch

Oscar season is finally here! Oscar season takes place October through December every year when studios release their most anticipated movies nationwide. These predictions for Oscar consideration are based mostly off of films that have not yet been released but have a chance of being winning an Academy Award. Although this is speculation, some of these films were shown at important premiers such as the Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes and New York Film Festivals.

The great thing about Oscar season is the quality of the movies that are being released. With already award-winning directors, writers, cinematographers and actors, there is no doubt that watching one will get your ticket money’s worth. Finals will be over soon and we will launch into the most important movie month of the year. Here are my recommendations of what you should check out this December:

Interstellar: Although already released, this is a major contender for Oscar season with Matthew McConaughey in the running for Best Actor, Anne Hathaway for Best Actress, Christopher Nolan for Best Director and the film hopefully for Best Picture. The plot follows a crew of astronauts who voyage into space looking for planets that could sustain life for future generations of humans. Even though the Academy has been known to snub Nolan for whatever reason, this is a movie not to miss even if you don’t care about the Oscars.

The Imitation Game: The Weinstein Company was drooling over this script which they bought for a record-breaking $7 million. The movie is centered around English mathematician Alan Turing who helps crack the Enigma code during World War II. This film has all the major components of an Oscar worthy film: history, a true story, British people and a love story. With its prestigious November release date the Academy will be looking its way.

Wild: Without the directorial presence of Jean-Marc Vallee, who directed Dallas Buyers Club last year, I could see this movie being a February release. The film is based on a best-selling book which follows a woman who hikes the Pacific Coast Trail alone. The film is getting Oscar buzz based solely on Reese Witherspoon’s performance — many critics are predicting that she will win Best Actress next year.

Big Eyes: Tim Burton is back! The biographical film follows painter Margaret Keane’s phenomenal success in the 1950s and the legal difficulties she had with her husband who claimed credit for her work. Margaret Keane will be played by Amy Adams, with Walter being portrayed by Christoph Waltz. With Burton’s creativity and imagination this film should be a fun one to catch over the holiday.

Unbroken: Competing with “Big Eyes” on the Christmas Day release, Unbroken is highly anticipated. Angelina Jolie is directing this true story on the big screen which is said to be in the running for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Cinematography. The story follows Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. The film is shot by Roger Deakins, one of the best, if not the best cinematographer in the business, who has received an amazing 11 nominations for Academy Awards.

These films are only a few that are in the running this Oscar Season. Some other ones include “Birdman,” “Foxcatcher,” “Into the Woods,” “Inherent Vice” and “Rosewater.” So if you are not a big fan of winter, let these heart-warming movies be your heat source this December.