Get yourself set for the Oscars by learning more about the contenders.
By
SBS Movies

16 Feb 2015 - 5:53 PM  UPDATED 20 Feb 2015 - 3:23 PM

Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Also starring: Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée, Olivier Gourmet
What's it about?
In what is an unusual move for them, the Dardenne brothers chose for their lead a "bankable" name with French star Marion Cotillard. She gives an unforgettable performance as Sandra who, with the help of her husband, has just one weekend to persuade her colleagues not to take their annual bonuses so that she can remain in a job.

Read review
Watch trailer & scene clips

Watch 2014 Cannes Festival press conference with Marion Cotillard and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything

Director: James Marsh
Also starring: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Prior, Harry Lloyd
What's it about?
The true story of how renowned English cosmologist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) met and fell in love with his wife Jane (Felicity Jones), who supported him as his body succumbed to autoimmune disease. 

Read review
Watch trailer

Julianne Moore in Still Alice

Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Also starring: Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin
What's it about?
Julianne Moore gives a heartfelt performance as fifty-year-old Alice Howland, a linguistics professor and mother of three, who receives a devastating diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease.

Watch trailer
Read review

Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl

Director: David Fincher
Also starring: Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Carrie Coon
What's it about?
Brit Rosamund Pike has gained international recognition playing a missing woman, who vanished on her fifth wedding anniversary, and whose husband is suspected of foul play.

Read review
Watch trailer

Spoilsport: Yes, Gone Girl has a woman problem

Reese Witherspoon in Wild

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée 
Also starring: Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann, Michiel Huisman
What's it about?
Reese Witherspoon produces and stars in Wild, based on the true story of Cheryl Strayed who, following a divorce, the death of her mother and years of destructive behaviour and drug addiction, decides to heal herself by hiking solo for than a thousand miles across the Pacific Crest Trail. 

Watch trailer
Read review

 

Full Oscars 2015 coverage

Oscar Ballot