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Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

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Name: The Wolf of Wall Street

Release date: Dec. 25, 2013

DVD release date: March 25, 2014

Run time: 2 hours, 59 minutes

Box office: Opening weekend: $18.4 million; Total domestic box office: $113 million; Worldwide gross to date: $338.5 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 77 percent READ FULL STORY

Inside the Best Picture Nominees: A deep dive into '12 Years a Slave'

Name: 12 Years a Slave

Release date: Oct. 18, 2003 (limited); Nov. 8, 2013 (wide)

DVD release date: March 4, 2014

Run time: 134 minutes

Box office: Opening weekend, wide release: $6.675 million; domestic total: $49.133 million; international total: $78.9 million (as of Monday, Feb. 24)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent READ FULL STORY

Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'American Hustle'

Name: American Hustle

Release date: Dec. 13, 2013 (limited), Dec. 20 (wide)

DVD release date: Unknown

Run time: 138 minutes

Box office: Opening weekend: $740,455 (USA); Domestic: $144.13 million; International: $72.28 million (as of Monday, Feb. 24)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent READ FULL STORY

Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'Her'

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Name: Her

Run time: 2 hours, 6 minutes

DVD release date: Unknown

Box office: Domestic — $23.5 million, Foreign — $4.1 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent

Her movie math: (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Smart House) x (Like Crazy + Lost in Translation)

Tweetable description: A man and his wife break up and he turns to his sultry-voiced OS for love — and finds it.

What Chris Nashawaty said : “Jonze’s satiric, brave-new-world premise is undeniably clever, but it’s also a bit icy emotionally. He clearly has a lot on his mind about how seductive technology is and how much easier life would be if we could insulate ourselves from messy human emotions. But in the end, those ideas end up appealing to your head more than your heart.”

Number of Oscar nods: 5 — Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Original Song for Karen O’s “The Moon Song,” Best Production Design, Best Original Screenplay

Her‘s Oscar history: Her writer and director Spike Jonze got a Best Director nod for 1999′s Being John Malkovich. Producer Megan Ellison is in the Best Picture running with not only Her, but also American Hustle, and she was part of the team nominated for their work with Zero Dark Thirty, when the film was nominated for Best Picture last year.

What it has won thus far: Jonze’s screenplay has fared well: It’s won 13 different awards, including a Golden Globe last month.

Why it should win: Her is a look at our future — not too subtle, but also not so overwhelmingly out-there that we can’t connect with it. That’s an accomplishment in itself. But more than that, it’s a new kind of love story that veers away from Notebook-like sentimentality in favor of just plain, raw emotion. It’s enjoyable to watch (the colors! the music! the voices!), and it makes you honestly consider humans’ relationship with technology.

Why it shouldn’t win: At its core, Her is a story about heartbreak and love, and that’s relatable to anyone. But it’s also a movie about heartbreak and love, which seems trivial compared to some of the other nominees — say Dallas Buyers Club or 12 Years a Slave  — that revolve around life-or-death drama and use individuals to show how they were affected by real-life, widespread issues like AIDS and slavery. It’s hard to say that what is essentially a romantic comedy deserves to win when those are its competitors.

Vegas Odds: 150/1, according to Las Vegas Sports Betting

Best line: Anything the hilarious foul-mouthed video game alien says. Plus, when Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) shares his totally understandable fear: “Sometimes I think I have felt everything I’m ever gonna feel, and from here on out, I’m not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I’ve already felt.”

Worst line: When Theodore tells his friend Amy (Amy Adams) that he’s dating his OS and when he gets self-conscious about it, she replies: “I think anybody who falls in love is a freak. It’s a crazy thing to do. It’s kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity.” Sure, it’s a cute line, but it also sounds like something you’d see written over a “romantic” photo on Tumblr. Pass.

Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'Gravity'

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Name: Gravity

Release date: Oct. 4, 2013

DVD release date: Feb. 25

Run time: 1 hour, 31 mins

Box office: Opening weekend: $55.8 million; Total domestic box office: $268.4 million; Worldwide gross to date: $701.0 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97 percent

Gravity movie math: (2001: A Space Odyssey + Apollo 13) x (Moon + Alien)

Tweetable description: Two astronauts get lost in space after their shuttle is riddled by high-speed debris. Time is running out. But the view is fantastic.

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Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Name: Dallas Buyers Club

Release date: Nov. 1, 2013

DVD release date: Feb. 4, 2014

Run time: 1 hour, 57 mins

Box office: Limited opening weekend: $260,865; Wide opening weekend: $2.7 million; Total domestic box office: $24.4 million; Worldwide gross to date: $30.4 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent

Dallas Buyers Club movie math: (And the Band Played On + No Country for Old Men) x (Blow + Glen or Glenda + The Machinist)

Tweetable description: If Ron Woodruff only had 30 days left to live, you know what he’d do? Start an HIV treatment drug ring and live for seven years. #NBD READ FULL STORY

Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'Amour'

Name: Amour

Release date: Dec. 19, 2012 (US limited)

DVD release date: Unknown

Run time: 2 hours, 7 minutes

Box office: Domestic — $3.09 million, Foreign — $13.1 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

Amour movie math: (Love and Other Drugs + The first scene of Up!) x The Diving Bell and the Butterfly + (Million Dollar Baby - all the boxing.)

Tweetable description: Love means never having to say I’m sorry you have to change my diaper. (And there is a pigeon.) READ FULL STORY

Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'Lincoln'

Name: Lincoln

Release date: Nov. 16, 2012

DVD release date: March 2013

Run time: 2 hour, 30 mins.

Box office: Opening wide weekend: $21.0 million; Total domestic box office: $173.6 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90 percent

Lincoln movie math: Amistad  + Mr. Smith Goes to Washington + The West Wing + (Downfall – Hitler)

Tweetable description: In the final days of the Civil War, Abe Lincoln marshals all his political skills to pass the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery forever. READ FULL STORY

Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'Django Unchained'

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Name: Django Unchained

Release date: December 25 2012

DVD release date: Unknown

Run time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Box office: $154.5 million

Rotten tomatoes score: 86 percent

Movie Math: (Django x Shaft) + (Glory/Mandingo) READ FULL STORY

Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'Life of Pi'

Name: Life of Pi

Release date: Nov. 21, 2012

DVD release date: March 12, 2013

Run time: 2 hours, 6 mins.

Box office: Opening weekend: $30.5 million; Total domestic box office: $106 million; Worldwide gross to date: $548 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88 percent

Life of Pi movie math: (‘Calvin and Hobbes’ + ‘Open Water’) x George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” / (Noah’s Ark + metaphors)  x π x ∞

Tweetable description: Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Stuck in a boat with a Bengal tiger? Create your own reality.

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