20 for 2014: Upcoming Movies Most Likely to Be Oscar Contenders

Thelma Adams
Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog

Now that "Argo" triumphed at the Oscars, Anne Hathaway has made her final breathy speech, and Quentin Tarantino has said "peace out," we are so over the 85th Academy Awards. So who's going to be next year's Jennifer Lawrence or "Life of Pi"?

Yahoo! Movies has gazed into our crystal ball and come up with the 20 movies most likely to be buzzing at next year's golden race.

1. "Serena": (Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper; Susan Bier d.): A period drama set in Depression-era North Carolina with Lawrence in the title role, as a barren timber baron's wife. (Compare to "The Silver Linings Playbook")

2. "Diana": (Naomi Watts, Douglas Hodge; Oliver HIrschbiegel d.): A biopic on the popular Princess set in the final two years of her life. (Compare to "The Queen")

3. "The Great Gatsby" (Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan; Baz Luhrmann d.) Aussie Luhrmann puts his florid touch on the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic about doomed romance and class differences in Long Island. (Compare to "Anna Karenina")

4. "The Place Beyond the Pines": (Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper; Derek Cianfrance d): From the director of "Blue Valentine" comes the story of a thief, a cop and a woman. (Think "Silver Linings Playbook" crossed with "The Great Escape")

5. "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (Idris Elba, Naomie Harris; Justin Chadwick d.) The story of the South African leader who ended Apartheid and his wife, Winnie. (Compare to "Lincoln")

6. "August: Osage County " (Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Benedict Cumberbatch; John Wells, d.) Tracy Letts' smash dysfunctional family stage play transferred to the screen. (Think "The Iron Lady" crossed with "Doubt")

7. "Knight of Cups" (Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Teresa Palmer; Terrence Malick d): Malick's insider take on the movie business. (Think "The Tree of Life" crossed with "Argo")

8. "The Wolf of Wall Street": (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill; Martin Scorsese d.): Crime drama from Marty set in Manhattan's financial district. (Compare to "Goodfellas")

9. "Nebraska": (Bob Odendirk, Stacy Keach, Bruce Dern; Alexander Payne): Payne returns to his Midwestern roots with a dysfunctional father-son dramedy. (Compare to "Sideways")

10. "The Way, Way Back": (AnnaSophia Robb, Steve Carell; Nat Faxon, Jim Rash d.) A coming of age story set in a water park written and directed by "The Descendants" co-writers. (Compare to "The Descendants")

11. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson; Francis Lawrence d.) Katniss and Peeta return to play another round of the deadly games – and survive for the third and fourth installments of the popular series. (Compare to "The Hunger Games")

12. "The Butler" (Forest Whitaker, Oprah, Robin Williams; Lee Daniels d.) Daniels' take on the life of Cecil Gaines (Whitaker), a White House butler that served under eight presidents over thirty years. (Compare to" Precious" and "The Paperboy")

13. "Lowlife" (Jeremy Renner, Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard; James Gray d.) A period drama about an immigrant beauty drawn into the world of burlesque then rescued by a magician in New York. (Compare to "The Master")

14. "Captain Phillips" (Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener; Paul Greengrass d.): The ripped-from-the-headlines drama about the daring Navy SEAL rescue of the captain of the Maersk Alabama, held hostage by Somali pirates. (Compare to "Zero Dark Thirty")

15. "42" (Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford; Brian Helgeland d.) A biopic of number 42, Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League Baseball. (Compare to "LIncoln")

16. Inside Llewyn Davis (Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan; Joel and Ethan Coen d.) The Coen Brothers flash back to the groovy NY folk music scene in the 1960's. (Compare to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?")

17. "Twelve Years a Slave" (Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Quvenzhane Wallis; Steve McQueen d.) A period drama about a 19th century Northern African American kidnapped and sold into slavery down South. (Compare to "Shame" and "Hunger")

18. "The Monuments Men" (Daniel Craig, Matt Damon, George Clooney; Clooney d.) Between D-Day and V-E-Day, a task force of art historians and museum curators attempt to find and recover masterpieces from Nazis intent on destroying so-called "degenerate" art. (Think "Oceans 11" crossed with "Inglourious Basterds")

19. "Rush" (Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Daniel Bruhl; Ron Howard d.) The Niki Lauda biopic focuses on the Formula 1 racer, his 1976 crash and comeback race against rival James Hunt. (Compare to "Days of Thunder")

20. "Malavita" (Robert DeNiro, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer; Luc Besson d.) The Manzoni mafia clan relocates to Normandy under witness protection and still can't play nice with others. (Compare to "Goodfellas")