Best Picture 2014: Mr. Turner

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A photo of Timothy Spall in Mr. Turner (via Collider).

Synopsis: “An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner’s (Timothy Spall) life” (via IMDb)

Producer: Georgina Lowe

Director: Mike Leigh
Writer: Mike Leigh
Cast: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville, Ruth Sheen

Release Date: Dec. 19 (limited)

Festivals:

  • Cannes Film Festival (2014) – World Premiere
  • Toronto International Film Festival (2014) – Canadian Premiere
  • New York Film Festival (2014)

Awards: N/A
Nominations:

  • Cannes Film Festival (2014) – Palme d’Or, or the Golden Palm (Best Film)

Why? Oscar loves artist biopics, and they certainly love Mike Leigh. Character actor Timothy Spall finally has a shot at an Oscar nomination – let alone the gold; that might boost sentiment for this flick.

Why not? It might be too stodgy, too “prim and proper” for Oscar voters to appreciate when all is said and done.

Ranking: No. 1 as of Aug. DATE, 2014

More on the competition:
Best Picture 2014

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Director 2014: Mike Leigh for Mr. Turner (more)
Best Actor 2014: Timothy Spall for Mr. Turner (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Dorothy Atkinson for Mr. Turner (more)
Best Supporting Actor 2014: Paul Jesson for Mr. Turner (more)
Best Original Screenplay 2014: Mike Leigh for Mr. Turner (more)

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