Oscar Dates: Early Academy Awards Potential Contenders?

The Wolf of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprioOscar 2014 dates and Oscar 2015 dates (image: Leonardo DiCaprio The Wolf of Wall Street)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network have announced the Oscar 2014 and Oscar 2015 dates – respectively, for the 86th and 87th Academy Awards ceremonies. Oscar 2014 will be broadcast live on ABC on Sunday, March 2, 2014; Oscar 2015 will air live on Sunday, Feb. 22, '15. Both Oscar ceremonies will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles.

Oscar 2014 dates

Below are key dates for the Oscar 2014 season. Note that despite the March 2 Oscar 2014 ceremony date (the 2014 Olympic Winter Games run Feb. 7–23), nominations voting will once again end in early January – Jan. 8, to be exact.

  • Saturday, November 16, 2013: The Governors Awards
  • Monday, December 2, 2013: Official Screen Credits due
  • Friday, December 27, 2013: Oscar 2014 Nominations voting begins
  • Wednesday, January 8, 2014: Oscar 2014 Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT
  • Thursday, January 16, 2014: Oscar 2014 nominations announced
  • Monday, February 10, 2014: Oscar 2014 Nominees Luncheon
  • Friday, Feb. 14, 2014: Voting for the Oscar 2014 winners begins
  • Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014: Scientific and Technical Awards
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014: Voting for the Oscar 2014 winners ends at 5 p.m. PT
  • Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014: 86th Academy Awards (Oscar 2014 ceremony)

Oscar 2015 dates

So far, there's only one Oscar 2015 date scheduled: Oscar Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015: 87th Academy Awards (Oscar 2015 ceremony).

Potential Oscar 2014 contenders: From The Wolf of Wall Street to Fruitvale

Too early to name a few potential Oscar 2014 contenders? Hardly. Possibilities include Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, with an international cast featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Julie Andrews, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Spike Jonze, and Joanna Lumley; Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton; John Wells' George Clooney / Grant Heslov-produced August: Osage County, with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Juliette Lewis; and Alexander Payne's Nebraska, with Bruce Dern and Will Forte.

Also: Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips, with Tom Hanks and Catherine Keener; Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, with Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo; Jason Reitman's Labor Day, with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin; Terrence Malick's To the Wonder, with Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, and Rachel McAdams; John Lee Hancock's Saving Mr. Banks, with Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, and Paul Giamatti; and Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.

A few more potential Oscar 2014 contenders: Director George Clooney's Monuments Men, with Clooney, Daniel Craig, and Cate Blanchett; Robert Redford's The Company You Keep, with Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, and Nick Nolte; and Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion, with Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, and Olga Kurylenko.

Potential Oscar 2014 indie nominees

On the English-language indie front, Oscar 2014 potential contenders include Ryan Coogler's Sundance Film Festival winner Fruitvale, with Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer; Olivier Dahan's Grace of Monaco, with Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Milo Ventimiglia, and Paz Vega; and Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist, with Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, and Kate Hudson.

Also, David Gordon Green's Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Director winner Prince Avalanche, with Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch; Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha, with Greta Gerwig and Mickey Sumner; and, if released in 2013, David Michôd's The Rover, with Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce.

Potential Oscar 2014 non-English-language nominees

Among the non-English-language entries, Oscar 2014 possibilities – depending on when those movies will reach Los Angeles -include Sebastián Lelio's Chilean comedy-drama Gloria, starring Berlin Best Actress winner Paulina Garcia, and Calin Peter Netzer's Romanian drama Child's Pose, winner of Berlin's Golden Bear.

Pedro Almodóvar's I'm So Excited is – at best – an iffy Oscar 2014 proposition, as Spanish reviews have been mostly negative and, it seems, so has word of mouth: Following a solid domestic (as in, in Spain) box office debut, I'm So Excited was down 55 percent on its second weekend out.

Leonardo DiCaprio The Wolf of Wall Street photo: Paramount Pictures.

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