Trailer park: Best Picture nominees

02:23, Jan 11 2013
Oscars statue
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The nominations for this year's Academy Awards are in. We've assembled the trailers for the nine contestants in the category Best Picture and tell you when they open in New Zealand.


Director: Michael Haneke
Writer: Michael Haneke
Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert

In the final months of her life, a retired music teacher and her husband of sixty years struggle with the debilitating effects of two strokes on both her health and her quality of life.  As Georges cares for the increasingly unhappy Anne, the pair finds the nature of their life together irrevocably changed.

Opens: March 14

Director:  Ben Affleck
Writers:  Chris Terrio  Joshuah Bearman
Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman

When six Americans take refuge in the Canadian embassy in Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis, US government agent Tony Mendez turns to Hollywood for help.  Working with a producer and a makeup artist, he devises a rescue mission that centres on the creation of a fake film production company scouting locations in Iran.

Opened October 25

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Writers:  Lucy Alibar (screenplay), Benh Zeitlin (screenplay),
Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry and Levy Easterly

In an isolated Louisiana swampland known as the Bathtub, young Hushpuppy and her father are part of a community that lives outside of the structure of modern society.  When rising flood waters threaten the area, the young girl's resourcefulness and lively imagination are called into play as the region's residents face the approaching disaster.

Opened on November 29


Django Unchained
Director:  Quentin Tarantino
Writer:  Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio

German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz buys a slave named Django and promises him his freedom once he has helped Schultz track down the criminals he is seeking.  But Django has a wife who was sold off years ago, and his partnership with Schultz may offer him a chance to find her.

Opens January 24

Les Misérables
Director:  Tom Hooper
Writers:  Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway

In early 19th century France, Jean Valjean, a man imprisoned years earlier for stealing a loaf of bread, decides to break his parole following his release and assume a new identity.  Although he succeeds in building a new life for himself, the relentless pursuit of Inspector Javert threatens the security of Valjean and his adopted daughter, Cosette.

Opened January 10

Life of Pi
Director:  Ang Lee
Writers:  David Magee (screenplay), Yann Martel (novel)
Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain

Young Pi, the son of zookeepers in Pondicherry, India, finds the world he knows swept away when his family sells the zoo and sets sail for Canada with a few of its remaining animals.  A storm capsizes the ship and only Pi escapes, set adrift in a lifeboat that is also the refuge of an enormous Bengal tiger.

Opened January 1

Director:  Steven Spielberg
Writers:  Tony Kushner (screenplay), Doris Kearns Goodwin (book)
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and David Strathairn

With the Civil War coming to a close and the freedom granted to the slaves by the Emancipation Proclamation called into question, Abraham Lincoln seeks to pass a thirteenth amendment to the Constitution that will outlaw slavery everywhere in the United States.  Facing opposition from many quarters in Congress, Lincoln uses his vast political powers to gain allies in his fight.

Opens January 31

Silver Linings Playbook
Director:  David O. Russell
Writers:  David O. Russell (screenplay), Matthew Quick (novel)
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro

Pat Solatano is released into his parents' care after eight months of treatment for a bipolar disorder.  His recovery seems far from certain, however, when he stops taking his medication and becomes increasingly obsessed with winning back his estranged wife, a plan that leads him to embark on a complicated relationship with a troubled young woman whose husband has died.

Opens January 31

Zero Dark Thirty
Director:  Kathryn Bigelow
Writer: Mark Boal (screenplay)
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton and Chris Pratt

In the aftermath of 9/11, as the trail in the hunt for Osama bin Laden seems to grow cold, a determined CIA agent begins a painstaking, decade-long search for the Al Qaeda leader.  For Maya, direct experience of terrorism steels her resolve to find bin Laden and leads her to trust her own instincts regarding the best course of investigation to pursue.

Opens January 31