george-clooney-the-monuments-men-9__oPtThe Monuments Men
(Dec. 20 2013; Warner Bros.)

In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them.

Oscar Prospects: Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing

Runner Up: Best PictureBest Director, Best Adapted ScreenplayBest Makeup and Hairstyling

Long Shots: Best Supporting ActorBest CinematographyBest Film Editing,


Early Word: The film just looks fantastic, with an all-star cast/crew along with a very helpful Mid-December release. Not to mention its theme of art preservation will play well with the Academy. It’ll be difficult for this film to miss  even if it is critically average.

Projected Metacritic: 83

The Players

Director: George Clooney
Writer: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Robert M. Edsel
Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin
Cinematographer: Phendon Papamichael
Production Designer: James D. Bissell
Editor: Ruy Diaz, Stephen Mirrione
Original Music: Alexandre Desplat