Your Oscars Cheat Sheet

It's not rocket science. It's just the Oscars.
by Ayessa De La Peña   |  Mar 1, 2014
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The Academy Awards, simply called The Oscars, is one of the biggest ceremonies honoring achievements in the film industry. If you haven't watched any of this year's nominated films yet or you only watched some of them, don't worry. We've got you covered.

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American Hustle

An FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) teams up with two con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) to entrap the mayor of New Jersey (Jeremy Renner) in this comedy-crime movie.

Captain Phillips

Based on a true story, Tom Hanks plays Captain Phillips—captain of the US container ship Maersk Alabama, which was hijacked by a group of Somali pirates in 2009.

Dallas Buyers Club

Inspired by true events, Dallas Buyers Club is about an HIV-positive cowboy (Matthew McConaughey) who takes matters in his own hands. He scours the world for both legal and illegal alternative medicines to combat AIDS.

Gravity

What do you do when disaster strikes while you're on a mission in the outer space? Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) faces this challenge when her space shuttle is destroyed in outer space.

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Her

Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his operating system Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) in futuristic Los Angeles.

Nebraska

An aging Woody Grant (Bruce Dent) is desperate to travel to Nebraska with his son (Will Forte) to collect the prize he won from a sweepstakes.

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Philomena

After being forced to live in a convent when she got pregnant, Philomena's (Judy Dench) son is taken away from her. Decades later, a journalist (Steve Coogan) picks up her story and joins her journey to find her lost son.

12 Years a Slave

Solomon (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was living as a free man in New York with his family. But his life changes when he is tricked and sold into slavery. For 12 years, he works to live and survive—so he can go back to his family.

The Wolf of Wall Street

New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) falls into a life of corruption and greed, and a battle with the federal government.

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The Croods

After their home is destroyed, the Croods embark on an adventure into unknown territory in search of a new one.

Despicable Me 2

After adjusting to being a protective parent to his cute little babies, Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to defeat a powerful new super criminal.

Ernest & Celestine

For the longest time, mice were taught to fear bears who live above ground. But little Celestine challenges this after  she almost ends up being the breakfast of a bear named Ernest, and form an unlikely bond.

Frozen

After a sudden burst of emotions, Queen Elsa accidentally curses the whole kingdom with eternal winter and runs away. Her sister, the fearless Anna, goes on an epic journey to find her sister and bring back summer.

The Wind Rises

From the famed Japan animation studio Studio Ghibli comes a heartwarming tale of love and the power of dreams in a turbulent world, which was inspired by the love story of plane designer Jiro Horikoshi and writer Tatsuo Hori.

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ORIGINAL SONG

Bored with your playlist? You might want to add these nominated songs in your iPod.

"Happy" from Despicable Me 2

"Let It Go" from Frozen

"The Moon Song" from Her

"Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

The winners of the Oscars will be revealed on Monday (Sunday in the US). For the complete list of nominees, you may go here

Have you watched some of the nominated films already? Sound off in the comments or tweet us @candymagdotcom.

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Ayessa De La Peña
Candymag.com Assistant Section Editor
I am Candymag.com's resident fangirl and ~*feelings*~ girl. When I'm not busy researching about what to write next on the website, I sleep, read books, and re-watch episodes of Friends.
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