The Oscars are around the corner and if you haven't been following pop culture for the last 80 years or so, you should know that it is THE biggest event in the Hollywood calendar. There are hundreds of movies that are made every year and very few of them make it to the nominee list for the main event. In this article, I am going to discuss three of the movies which are nominated for best picture in 2014 including Leonardo DiCaprio's the Wolf of Wall Street:

1. Philomena- When you make a film based on a true story that has a lot of emotion; there are some things which filmmakers have to stay away from. The movie shouldn't succumb to any melodrama or cheap emotions and that is where Philomena really stands out. The movie is about Philomena Lee who sets out to search for her son after being separated for fifty years. The mother is played by Judi Dench who has been enthralling audiences for decades now. You couldn't expect more from here but still, she continues to amaze even at 79. Can you believe it? There are some moments when the script stumbles and where the director's inexperience shows but at the end of the day, I can guarantee that you will come out of this movie satisfied with whatever you have spent.

2. 12 years a slave- This movie is directed by Steve McQueen who many may confuse with the legendary actor of the same name but there is only word which I can use to describe it, outstanding. The movie is about a free man by the name of Solomon Northop who is kidnapped from New York and thrust into slavery in the state of Louisiana. The lead role is portrayed perfectly by Chiwetel Ejiofor and I must say that it is one of the truest accounts of slavery that I have ever seen on the big screen. There is so much blood and gore in this movie that it might be hard to stomach but given that the movie is produced by Brad Pitt's company and has the actor in a pivotal role, I'm sure many would consider it worth a watch.

3. The Wolf of Wall Street- This movie is based on the life of Jordan Belfort who rose to fame as a stockbroker and then lost everything when he got mixed up with corruption, crime & the federal government. This movie is just another reason why Leonardo DiCaprio should have an Oscar 2014 and considering the fact that the competition isn't as tough as it has been in previous years, I have a feeling it will finally be Leo's time to shine.