2013 was a great year for movies. It was a year of action, adventure, drama, and animation. A lot of websites, such as Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, Yahoo! Movies, and Time.com, come up with their own list of top rated movies for 2013. The world-renowned and highly-respected Academy Awards, better known as The Oscars, recognizes excellence in cinematic achievements in the film industry every year as it hands out several statuettes for different categories, such as Best Picture. Win or lose, each movie nominated for Best Picture gets instant recognition as one of the best films produced for a particular year and merits a top rating which signifies that the film is worth watching. Let’s take a quick look at 10 top rated films recognized by the 86th Academy Awards for 2013. The first 9 films below are all the nominees for Best Picture, while the 10th in the list is the winner for Best Animated Feature Film.
12 Years a Slave
Starring Brad Pitt, 12 Years a Slave is a story of a black man’s struggle for freedom against slavery. It received 9 nominations and won 3 awards, including Best Picture.
Gravity is a story of an astronaut’s horrific experience in outer space. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Gravity won seven awards including Best Director.
American Hustle is a comedy-drama film loosely based on the FBI ABSCAM operation of the 1970s. It stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams. It received 10 nominations but didn’t win a single category.
Featuring Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips is based on the true story of a freighter ship captain’s heroic struggle against Somali pirates. The film got 6 nominations but didn’t win any category.
Dallas Buyers Club
Dallas Buyers Club is a story about a man’s struggle to survive AIDS by using illegal drugs. It stars Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey. The film got 6 nominations and won 3 awards.
Her is about a man falling in love with his computer’s operating system. It stars Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. It got 5 nominations and won 1 category for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.
Nebraska is a comedy-drama road film starring Bruce Dern. It was nominated in 6 categories but didn’t win any award.
Starring Judi Dench, Philomena is a true story based on the book “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee.” It received 4 nominations but didn’t win any category.
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street is a black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. It was nominated 5 times but failed to win any category.
Produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, Frozen is an animated feature film based on the fairy tale “The Snow Queen.” It features the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel. Frozen won 2 Academy Awards: Best Animated Feature Film and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song.