Academy Awards Preview: Best Picture

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Gravity’s breathtaking scenery is matched only by its nail-biting suspense.

The 2014 Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, are coming up on March 2, and the big fish of the evening is the Best Picture Award. With 10 nominations each, Gravity and American Hustle are looking like real contenders not only for the top honor, but also for a possible double-digit sweep.

So far, the only movies that have managed to win 10 or more Oscars are Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, West Side Story, and Ben Hur. However, the most likely flick to score an epic sweep is Gravity, which has been dominating other recent movie awards like the Golden Globes and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards.

The 3 other top awards of the evening are Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Actor, which American Hustle could pull off. Only three movies have ever nailed all 3 before – It Happened One Night, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Silence of the Lambs.

Gravity, which has raked in over $700 million so far internationally, is beloved by both fans and critics alike, with a 97% “fresh’ rating on film-scoring website Rotten Tomatoes. As for director Alfonso Cuarón, he’s taken Best Director awards for the space drama at the Venice Film Festival, BAFTA, Directors Guild of America Award, Golden Globe Awards, and Producers Guild of America Award. So, expect this movie to make an out of this world Oscar grab.

As for American Hustle, the comedy-drama film about criminals teaming up with the FBI to catch bad guys, it’s also been topping the lists of some major awards shows. With 7 Golden Globe Award nominations, it took Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and it landed top honors for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards. Then, on the other side of the pond in the UK, it was nominated for 10 BAFTA awards, with Lawrence taking Actress in a Supporting Role, and the script winning Best Original Screenplay.

Okay, so enough about Gravity and American Hustle! What other movies are nominated for the highest award? Well, the rest of the list is very impressive as well, as Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street could very well swoop in from left field to snag the biggest gold statue of the evening.

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