9 of My Favorite Oscar Nominated Movies ...

Now that Academy Award season is almost in full swing, I can't help but be excited at the thought of my favorite Oscar nominated movies taking home the most coveted awards. From Best Picture to Directing, each category features tough competition, making the stakes even higher. While I feel that many films have been unjustly looked over (i.e. "The Butler" and "Saving Mr. Banks"), I must admit that there are a few choices that I am fully behind. Fellow film aficionados, there's a chance that your interest will be just as piqued by these acclaimed Oscar nominated movies.

1. 12 Years a Slave

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Based on the 1853 memoir of Solomon Northup, the gut-wrenchingly raw "12 Years a Slave" is, without question, one of my favorite oscar nominated movies. Focusing on the struggles of a freed man sold into slavery, this film has rightfully received nine Academy Award nominations (one of which is for Best Picture). From the talented cast (including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch) to Steve McQueen's directorial prowess, everything about this film is brilliant.

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