Which 5 films will be nominated at the best-picture category and all of these movies will win the most coveted Oscar for Best Picture at the 80th Academy Awards on February 24th 2008? This is the latest hotlist of the 10 most serious contenders.
Charlie Wilson’s War – A true narrative of the way play boy Texan congressman Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) and fictitious CIA operative Gust Avrakotos (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) manipulated congress, both the CIA and various overseas governments to arm and assist the Mujahedeen rebels in Afghanistan in oscars their war from the Soviet Union. Spurred on by his wealthy, beautiful and communist hating lover Joanne (Julia Roberts) Charlie’s secret concessions are so powerful that and contributing to the fall of the Soviet Union and the ending of the Cold War they will have more far reaching consequences at the growth of the Taliban. Charlie Wilson’s War is directed by Mike Nichols and can be centered on George Crile’s best-selling book of the same name.
Atonement – If a jealous 1-3 year old Briony (Saoirse Ronan) get’s her sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley) love Robbie (James McAvoy) detained for a crime he did not commit it will shift the class of most of their own lives. Seeking forgiveness for her indiscretion Briony’s guilt puts her in relation to find Atonement, and to your discovery of the power of enduring romance, you can just imagine the facts. Atonement is an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s publication and is led by Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice).
No Country for Old Men – If ordinary man Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumbles along with a ring of corpses, a truck filled with heroin and $2 million in cash he decides to hold the cash. So on killer Anton (Javier Bardem) comes after Moss and the amount of money, whilst local sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) is hot on the heels of both. The Coen brothers No Country for Old Men is an entertaining suspense filled tale of murder, money and morality. But look past the blood and guts No Country for Old Men investigates deeper themes of death and principles, because it evolves to the mind and spirits of its characters: the nice (Jones), the evil (Bardam)& the normal (Brolin). Adapted from the Cormac McCarthy novel No Country for Old Men additionally stars Woody Harrelson, Garret Dillahunt and Kelly MacDonald.
The Kite Runner – At a divided country on the verge of war, two childhood friends, Amir and Hassan, are about to be torn apart indefinitely. By the autumn of Afghanistan’s monarchy into the modern day atrocities of the Taliban, The Kite Runner tells just how one boy’s fearful act of hopelessness would scar their lives for ever. After two decades living in the united states, Amir returns to a Afghanistan under Taliban control to handle until the keys of his nightmares and make a bold final bid for redemption. Starring Shaun Toub, Khalid Abdalla, Nasser Merarzia, Said Taghmaoui and Atossa Leoni The Kite Runner is an unforgettable tale of salvation.
There’ll Be Blood – Inspired by Upton Sinclair’s novel ‘Oil’, There Will Be Blood has been an epic turn of the 20th century period drama concerning corruption, greed, religion and family life in the pursuit of their American fantasy. Daniel day lewis as Daniel Plainview that the prospector who strikes it rich lays the ‘best- celebrity’ gauntlet, and it is ably supported by Paul Dano as the most attractive young preacher in the tiny town turned boom town.
American Gangster – Outcast detective Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) suspects that a fresh crime manager is making a power play to control Manhattans heroin commerce. Nobody was able to not ice Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), however when his boss unexpectedly dies, Frank through initiative, corruption and small business acumen want to fulfil his own American Dream whilst the American Gangster. Despite being on opposite sides of the law, both Lucas and Roberts have similar integrity that has sets out them as loners, in the final confrontation one of these will emerge victorious.
Reservation Road – A fatal mishap entwines the lives of 2 families in this particular tale of anger, revenge and ultimately courage. After Ethan Learner (Joaquin Phoenix) and his wife Grace (Jennifer Connelly) possess their son taken away from their website in Reservation Road, a panicked Dwight Arno (Mark Ruffalo) flees the scene. Both families are obscured by the catastrophe and also Reservation Road explores the answer and interaction between both sides, both the confrontation and hard choices that both dads must create. Reservation Road is led by Terry George, relies on the publication of the Identical name by John Burnham Schwartz, also also stars Mira Sorvino and Elle Fanning.
In to the Wild – Director and screenwriter Sean Penn successful adaptation of Into the Wild the bestselling book by Jon Krakauer. To the Wild is the true narrative about the life span of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) who after graduating donates his entire economies to Oxfam, abandons his loved ones, home comforts and possessions, and heads for a lifetime of self sufficiency and success in the jungle of Alaska. Also starring Brian Dierker, Marcia Gay Harden, Hal Holbrook, William Hurt, Catherine Keener, Jena Malone, Kirsten Stewart & Vince Vaughn to the Wild tells the story of Christopher’s journey to Alaska and the lifetime shaping characters that he meets along the way.
Eastern Promises – Produced and filmed in London, Eastern Promises stars Viggo Mortensen since the brutal yet mysterious Nikolai a motorist for notorious Russian crime organisation the Vory. When Nikolai crosses paths with Anna (Naomi Watts) a mid wife whose naive tries to trace the family of a kid whose teenaged mother dies in childbirth uncovers damaging evidence against the Vory, a troubling chain of murder, deceit, and reprisal is unleashed.
In The Valley of Elah – Occasionally choosing the stark reality is simpler than facing it. At The Valley of Elah warfare veteran Hank Deerfield (Tommy Lee Jones) and his wife (Susan Sarandon) with the help of local police detective (Charlize Theron) search to find the reality behind their son’s disappearance after his return from the war in Iraq. Director Paul Haggis (CRASH) infuses the desolate scenes of town despair with all the energetic detail and emotional performances of the plagued Theron and the anguish filled Jones and Sarandon.