In 2014, there were nine movies nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Those included "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle," "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Gravity," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."
While "Dallas Buyers Club" brought best-lead and supporting actor wins for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, it was "12 Years a Slave" that won the Best Picture Oscar. The film "12 Years a Slave" is set pre- civil war, and is based on the 183 adaptation of a slave's memoir.
"Dallas Buyer's Club" features Texas native Ron Woodroof's battle with AIDs. Given only 30 days to live, Woodroof seeks out unapproved drug treatments for himself and others who can't wait for approved treatments.
"Captain Phillips" provides a documentation of what happens when Somalia pirates overtake a vessel, demanding a high-dollar ransom. Phillips must keep his wits to ensure everyone's safe return home.
Gravity, also starring McConaughey, tells the story of what happens when two astronauts are stranded in empty space after their shuttle is destroyed.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" features Leonardo DiCaprio and follows the journey of a determined newcomer to Wall Street. Quickly climbing the ladder, the over-achiever finds himself pushing the boundaries of the law.