And the Oscar goes to... Bollywood directors choose their best film
Wolf of Wall Street, Philomena, Gravity... check out which films some of our Bollywood filmmakers are rooting for at the upcoming Academy awards!
This year's Oscar nominations have been spectacular.
With some of the most talented people featuring on the contenders' lists across categories, it's tough to predict who will walk away with the biggest awards.
With just over a week to go for the big night, Bollywood directors share their favourite Best Film nominees and why they are rooting for them.
My Oscar for Best Film would have to go to Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street.
It's Scorcese's best film since Goodfellas.
People who have objected to the tone of the film don't understand it's the world that Scorcese has depicted that's squirmy, and not the way it is portrayed.
It's a world of corruption and depravity and the film goes at it full-on.
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Image: Margot Robbie and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf Of Wall Street
'I want Stephen Frears' Philomena to win'
I want Stephen Frears’ Philomena to win because I love that film the most out of all the contenders.
The titular character really stayed with me.
It's a toss-up between Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street for me.
My choice is Gravity. It’s the 21st Century Solaris.
I loved The Wolf Of Wall Street. I think it’s Leonardo DiCaprio's best performance to date.
Image: Judie Dench and Steve Coogan in Philomena
'Gravity is a spectacle we experience only once in a while'
Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, hands-down.
It's a spectacular achievement where unprecedented craft meets beautiful human emotions.
A spectacle we experience only once in a while. What is interesting is that the principal actors have not been nominated. But the film on the whole outshines the rest.
Gravity is awesome. It touches a new cinematic level.
Gravity is my choice, though I loved The Wolf Of Wall Street a lot more.
However, I still think Gravity is a pathbreaking cinematic experience. It will surely take the Best Picture Oscar.
Image: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Gravity
'12 Years A Slave beautifully portrays the spirit of survival against all odds'
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave.
The depiction of the ordeal of a man unjustly sold as a slave captures a regrettable chapter of American history.
McQueen paints a heart-rending picture of that era. I prefer this human drama over the remaining nominees.
As a die-hard Scorcese fan, I'd want to see The Wolf Of Wall Street win.
Gravity is another favourite because it is a rare exception in terms of the technical boundaries it has pushed and still strikes a cord as a humane story.
Jean-Marc Vallee’s Dallas Buyers Club and Philomena are also excellent. You have successfully asked the toughest question of the year and I’m suddenly not envying the Oscar jury one bit!
12 Years A Slave should win.
It beautifully portrays the spirit of survival against all odds.
Image: Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave