Predicting What Will Win Best Picture In 2014, Way Too Early

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August: Osage County
Picked by Sean O'Connell
On paper, John Wellsí August: Osage County has everything the Academy adores. Itís top-heavy with Oscar royalty, anchored by three-time winner Meryl Streep and 2001 winner Julia Roberts. The powerhouse duo is surrounded by equally competent character actors like Chris Cooper, Sam Shepard, Margo Martindale, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis and the ever-presentBenedict Cumberbatch. Thereís talent backing up all that star power. The filmís source material won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008, and playwright Tracy Letts is handling the screen adaptation Ö all but guaranteeing that the juiciest elements of the brutal family drama will remain intact. Sight unseen, it appears that all August: Osage County has to do is show up next March and collect all the Oscars. But thatís why we run the race, no? Wells, best known for the TV series E.R., didnít blow us away with his directorial debut The Company Men. And just because heís handed all the right ingredients doesnít mean heís guaranteed to whip up a delectable meal. If I had to lay money on a movie in August, it would be August, but letís screen the movie and see if it lives up to expectations.
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