Six Oscar Hopefuls You Should Know About in December

December is here and, other than cold weather, holiday shopping traffic, and egg nog, that means it's time for the movie studios to start rolling out their Oscar hopefuls. Sure, films like 12 Years a Slave and Gravity have already been in theaters and will likely grab their share of nominations, but for the most part studios save their best bets for the end of the year. There's actually some pretty sound psychology behind this line of thinking.

Now, this is a good thing for movie fans looking for films of a high quality. Without these Oscar hopefuls, they'd be reduced to watching whatever silly kids flick is out or yet another movie in some never-ending franchise. Oh, and there's Anchorman 2, but that's a film everyone can enjoy.

We've rounded up some trailers for the movies you'll likely be hearing all about come award time.

Saving Mr. Banks

This is what happens: I see a trailer for this movie and get really excited; I then proceed to forget that it's the Mary Poppins movie because the title is so boring; I see the title Saving Mr. Banks on a website and wonder what it is. Then the cycle repeats.

The Wolf of Wall Street

I really like this trailer because that Kanye West track is awesome. Oh, and the movie doesn't look half bad either.

American Hustle

So many amazing hairstyles in two-minute trailer. I think we have a frontrunner for those fashion Oscars.


Even though I haven't seen it yet, I'm already rooting for Scarlett Johansson to get a nomination of some sort. Then again, I also thought that Andy Serkis should have gotten a nomination for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, so think of me what you will.

Lone Survivor

I was thinking that the Oscar race was low on gunfights, so it's good that Lone Survivor is here to up the action levels. It probably won't do much for awards, but explosions sure are pretty.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Oh... it appears that a trailer escaped from my "movies I'm actually excited about" bookmarks. Sorry about that. But hey, while it may not win any awards, Twitter chatter suggests that this may be the flick that finally gets studios to take Latino-centric movies seriously.

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