Preview: The Potential of “Unbroken”
“Unbroken” is one of the few 2014 films that hasn’t been seen by any eyes yet. However, it is a film that has had everyone’s attention since it was announced.
“Unbroken” is an adaptation of the non-fiction book titled “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilence, and Redemption,” a title that may have been a tad too long for its feature adaptation. This biography was written by Laura Hillenbrand who retells the story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic track star who survived a plane crash, spent 47 days drifting on a raft, and then survived two and a half years as a prisoner of war in several brutal Japanese internment camps.
Wow. Everything about that sounds like an incredible story. Universal Pictures purchased the rights to the book in January 2011, having already acquired the movie rights to Zamperini’s life towards the end of the 1950s. William Nicholson and Richard LaGravenese wrote early drafts for the film, but when Angelina Jolie replaced Francis Lawrence as director, Joel and Ethan Coen rewrote the script.
Oscar: The 9 films that could win “Best Picture”
This list won’t just be the top 9 films on the Best Picture prediction page. It also won’t be the 9 I think will make it with nominations (though very possible). Many other films not on the list could be nominated, but won’t compete for the win, the same way “The Blind Side” or “District 9” didn’t compete in 2010 and how “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” didn’t compete in 2011.
At this point in the race we have seen all but four of the major contenders. We, as a film-going audience, haven’t seen them, but critics have, and we have been given a general consensus on the film.
So here are the top 9, possible Oscar Winners. I can guarantee one of these nine films will be our Oscar Best Picture winner.