25 Potential 2013 Best Picture Oscar Contenders By: Brad Brevet "UPDATE: I've already realized I forgot to add Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly and John Hillcoat's The Wettest County to this list. That would make 27. I haven't yet gotten around to cleaning up "The Contenders" section of the site just yet and while some may argue it's too early to look toward the 2013 Oscars considering we just closed the book on the 2012 Oscar ceremony I have to kindly disagree. If for no other reason, looking at films that might be vying for Best Picture next year we get to sort through a bunch of films that may end up being considered the year's best. What's wrong with that? Granted, as is often the case when looking this far into the future, several of these films may end up being duds. Some may not actually hit theaters in 2012 (though most do have established release dates) and others just might not fit the Academy's "taste". The biggest difficulty in compiling a list like this, however, is to try and not make it too long and still manage to not forget anything. With that said, please let me know of anything you think I may have left off that has a legitimate shot at Best Picture and also feel free to offer your thoughts on other categories as I still need to take a look at everything else before putting together a complete list of 2013 Oscar contenders. This list is presented in alphabetical order so no favorites have been made yet though certain titles among these 25 certainly do bubble up closer to the top than others? Anna Karenina DIR. Joe Wright / TBA Photo: Focus Features So Joe Wright dabbled in non-period features the last two years with Hanna and The Soloist and so he's ready to head back in time with Keira Knightley once again. Last time he did that he scored a Best Picture nomination with Atonement and I have a hard time believing this adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novel written by Oscar-winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love) won't be on most early year contender lists. Cast: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew MacFadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Emily Watson, Olivia Williams and Ruth Wilson" There are already two decent sound adaptations in English, one starring Greta Garbo (1935) and one Vivien Leigh (1948). In both cases, the great performance was as Karenin--Basil Rathbone in the first and Ralph Richardson in the second. So Jude Law, who has that role, might be a contender. It depends upon the script, I guess.