Directed by: Bennett Miller
, Jonah Hill
, Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Yet another biopic, this one adapting star-journalist Michael Lewis’ account of Billy Beane’s use of sabermetrics in managing the Oakland Athletics’ baseball team.
Why It's a Contender:
Both a crowd-pleaser and a critical success, it’s one of the few pictures on this list that have already proven themselves outside of festivals. It’s intelligent without being overly arty and was driven by great performances, leading us to believe that it may be able to overcome the early (relatively speaking) release date handicap.