Wolf of Wall Street
Now no one's really seen Martin Scorsese's latest film yet – it's now set for release in the US at Christmas, following production delays – but that's not stopping the Oscar buzz. That's probably got something to do with the film's leading man Leonardo DiCaprio, who stars as Jordan Belford, a real-life wall street stockbroker who was investigated for fraud.
When it comes to the Oscars, DiCaprio will no doubt have his fingers crossed for a best actor nod, while Scorsese will be gunning for best picture.
Matthew McConaughey (who might be up for best supporting), Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie also star.
The nature of Alfonso Cuaron's deep-space thriller means that stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock filmed most of it in front of a green screen. Praise for the film has been nothing but positive, with emphasis being put on the use of 3D and visual effects, so it'll be a surprise if it doesn't dominate the technical categories.
Cuaron will be hoping for a best director nod while Sandra Bullock could find herself nominated in the best actress category for a performance that has wowed critics.
August: Osage County
If rumours are to be believed, Meryl Streep is likely to find herself on the best actress list for this family saga from director John Wells. And not for the first time. Streep holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations, having been nominated an impressive 17 times.
August: Osage County stars Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch and Abigail Breslin. Roberts might fancy her chances as best supporting, but writer Tracy Letts and producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov (who worked on last year's winner Argo) could be in with a chance too.
Cate Blanchett leads this serious Woody Allen film about Jasmine, a rich socialite whose marriage melts down. Finding herself penniless and homeless she moves in with her adopted sister in San Francisco and attempts to start a new life. Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins and Bobby Cannavale also star.
Allen's a 15-time nominee but he might just get himself another here. You'd be wise to look out for Blanchett's name on the best actress list, too.
Who can resist a bit of Judy Dench? Team her with Steve Coogan and you must surely be on to a winner. Stephen Frears' Philomena follows the story of journalist Martin Sixsmith (Coogan) as he helps the now middle-aged Philomena try to find out what happened to the child who has forcibly taken from her when she was a young woman in Ireland.
The small-scale British flick has the potential to follow in the footsteps of The Queen (Frears directed that, too) and The King's Speech. Four-time nominee Judi Dench has been tipped to get a best actress nod but Coogan's got a real chance here too. He wrote, produced and acted in Philomena, so he's got good odds of gaining recognition from the Academy on one of those fronts.
It's the Oscar nominee dream team. Last year's best actress success story Jennifer Lawrence is back, with her Silver Linings Playbook co-star and director, plus 2013 Oscar nominee Amy Adams.
David O Russell's American Hustle, based on the true story of the 80s Abscam operation, could just follow in Silver Lining's footsteps, and maybe even better it – Silver Linings only won one of it's many nominations, remember.
According to those in the know, Christian Bale is definitely in the running for best actor while multiple-time nominee Amy Adams could make it into the supporting actress category.
12 Years a Slave
The memoir of Solomon Northup, a free man and talented violin player who was sold into slavery, 12 Years a Slave is bound to be recognised in some capacity at this year's Academy Awards.
A lot of people will have their fingers crossed for the film's leading man, British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. A spot on the best actor shortlist would be well deserved for him.
The Steve McQueen movie has some serious star power behind it though, with appearances from Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch, so there will be plenty of famous faces vying for recognition.
Tom Hanks's latest film casts him as the captain of an American cargo ship which is boarded by Somali pirates.
The tense retelling of 2009's real-life hijacking of the Maersk Alabamaevent looks to be steaming towards awards season.
Hanks is a likely contender for best actor – and about time too. The double Oscar winner will be feeling left out, not having been nominated since 2001's Cast Away – and Captain Phillips might just get a nod for adapted screenplay.