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2014 Best Picture Contenders

'August: Osage County' Argument for: Pedigree in spades: Adapted from a play that won the Pulitzer and Tony, headlined by perennial nominee Streep and past winner Julia Roberts. Argument against: Some critics, reviewing from the Toronto International Film Festival, found the movie's melodrama exhausting. A reflexive nomination for Streep might not extend to the film.Claire Folger/Exclusive Media Entertainment, LLC