86th Academy Awards – David Wendelman’s Oscar Picks

2013 was a golden year for cinematic storytelling.  From writing, to picture and sound, to directing, to editing, these Oscar nominated films raised the bar and set new standards for the art of filmmaking:

  • “American Hustle”
  • “Gravity”
  • “Captain Phillips”
  • “12 Years A Slave”
  • “Nebraska”

2013 also brought us memorable, Oscar worthy performances from:

  • Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”)
  • Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”)
  • Amy Adams (“American Hustle”)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years A Slave”)
  • Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”)
  • Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”)
  • Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave”)
  • Christian Bale (“American Hustle”)
  • Bradley Cooper (“American Hustle”)
  • Tom Hanks (“Captain Phillips”)
  • Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”)

But the film that encompassed everything that I love about cinema was “La Grande Bellezza”, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, music composed by Zbigniew Preisner and Lele Marchitelli.

Movie Poster for "La Grande Bellezza"

Toni Servillo gives a hypnotic performance as aging journalist Jep Gambardella who while inviting us into his eccentric, rarefied life among the Roman elite, becomes the perfect tour guide of an ancient city whose tragic beauty has been forever frozen in time.

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