OCTOBER 18 – 22, 2023

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Expected and Unexpected Oscar Buzz

The Academy Awards nominations are coming up and a lot of buzz is being generated around the great movies launched this year. For you who love films, there are a lot of movies, actors, directors and screenwriters to talk about. Here is a little more about the Oscar Buzz for the movies premiered at the 2014 San Diego Film Festival:

The Good Lie

“The Good Lie” was one of the great movies premiered at the 2014 San Diego Film Festival. It tells us the true story about refugees from Sudan who try to start a new life in America with the help of Carrie Davis (Reese Witherspoon), charged with finding them jobs in the U.S.

The Sudanese characters are played by the Sudanese actors, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children during the civil war in Sudan that began in 1983. The actor Arnold Oceng hopes that the film can be “more than a movie” and bring awareness to what is actually happening in Sudan, creating a desire to aid those affected.

“The Good Lie”, starring Reese Witherspoon, who won the Academy Award for best Actress in “Walk the Line” (2005), is directed by Philippe Falardeau, nominated for an Oscar for the Foreign Language Film “Monsieur Lazhar”, written by Margaret Nagle.

For its extremely strong story, cast and crew, “The Good Lie” has a very good chance of being heard during the Oscar nominations. Witherspoon actually is one of the favorites for the best actress Oscars, for the movie “Wild”, which also screened at the 2014 San Diego Film Festival.

The Imitation Game

Big Oscar buzz comes from the movie “The Imitation Game”, not only for best picture but also: Best Director – Morten Tyldum, Best Screenplay – Graham Moore; Best Actor – Benedict Cumberbatch, who also played Sherlock in BBC’s “Sherlock”, and Julian Assange in the movie “The Fifth Estate”. If nominated for the Academy Awards 2015, it will be his first participation in the Academy Awards.

Keira Knightley, who plays Joan Clarke, is also a strong possibility for Best Supporting actress Oscar nominee.

The movie is about the biography of the English mathematician and pioneer in computer science, Alan Turing, played by Cumberbatch. Turing breaks the communication Nazi Code algorithm during World War II saving thousands of lives. Meanwhile Turing goes through an intense personal conflict being accused as a Russian spy in Britain and a homosexual, forbidden in England at the time.

Turing is not as nearly famous as he should be, mainly because his work was kept secret for many decades.


“Pride”, the British drama premiered at the 2014 San Diego Film Festival, is also being talked about for a Oscar nomination for Best Picture, Best Actress/Supporting Actress for Imelda Staunton, Best Supporting Actor for Bill Nighy and Best Original Screenplay for Stephen Beresford.

Imelda Staunton was nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress in 2005 for the movie “Vera Drake”.

“Pride” is based on the story of the LGBT activists in the 80’s in the U.K., who supported the miner’s strike after they had put out a call for help. In an Interview for ‘People’ Siân James, a miner’s wife involved in the events of the summer of 1984, pictured in the movie, said the partnership of the two organizations created life-long friendships. According to her, when the group first started to interact they realized they had more similarities than differences.

The movie is directed by Matthew Warchus, whose first life awards were with “Pride”: Queer Palm and Audience Award for best film. Pride is his third feature after “Our House: A Musical Love Story” and “Simpatico”.