Terry Gilliam is making a comeback this year. In July, the ex-Monty Python animator will reunite with his Flying Circus colleagues for an O2 residency. Before then, though, Gilliam returns to dystopian sci-fi with The Zero Theorem, a film whose patchwork aesthetic can't help but recall his 1985 masterpiece, Brazil.
Apt really, considering how prescient his visionary fable has become. Never mind the imminent World Cup. Gilliam's Brazil – a land where the authorities wield information as a weapon and where dreams are shackled by callous austerity – is even more pertinent to life in 2014.
We know you've barely recovered from this year's selfie and pizza shenanigans, and it's really too early to start thinking about next year's Academy Awards without risking serious mental health repercussions.
But next awards season is already looking sort of exciting. There are new offerings from Paul Thomas Anderson and Christopher Nolan, a David Fincher adaptation of our favourite book from last year, and the role that may very well net Benedict Cumberbatch his first Oscar nomination. Enticed? Read on...
For eight years, Christopher Nolan alternated Batman chapters with standalone sci-fi projects, and now that his Dark Knight trilogy is wrapped up, he theoretically has carte blanche to explore original stories for the forseeable future. First up is Interstellar, a time travel-based sci-fi which has been described as Nolan's "most ambitious film yet".
Nolan's similarly ambitious Inception earned a Best Picture nomination in 2011, and with a cast led by this year's Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey and last year's Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway, this could be Nolan's first real shot at success beyond the technical categories.
That's all but guaranteed to change next year, now that notorious awards season bulldog Harvey Weinstein has acquired the rights to Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. Cumberbatch stars as pioneering mathematician and scientist Turing, whose research at Bletchley Park provided vital intelligence to the Allies in World War II. He was prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952, chose chemical castration over jail time, and died two years later in an apparent suicide.
It's a powerful story only made timelier by Turing's posthumous pardon last year, and Weinstein is already campaigning hard for Cumberbatch in particular and the film in general.
Gillian Flynn's New York Times bestseller Gone Girl, a psychological thriller which charts the disturbing breakdown of a marriage, is a very difficult book to adapt. While Flynn plays with timelines and distorts the traditional flashback structure in ways that feel tailor-made for the screen, a lot of the novel is told via diary entries for a specific narrative reason.
But with David Fincher directing and Flynn herself penning what sounds like a fairly radical adaptation for the screen, there's every reason to look forward to the finished product. Ben Affleck stars as one half of a seemingly perfect couple, and his life begins to fall apart after his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their wedding anniversary.
Fincher and his actors have fared well with the Academy in recent years, and while Affleck's acclaim behind the camera is yet to translate in his acting work, this could be his chance to turn that around.
Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master was outrageously overlooked in the major categories last year – although all three of its lead actors were recognised – but his upcoming crime comedy may be more in the Academy's wheelhouse.
Angelina Jolie's third outing as director follows the true story of former Olympian Louis Zamperini (played by 300: Rise of an Empire's Jack O'Connell), who endured a series of medical experiments, routine beatings and slave labour during his time at a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.
Based on a novel by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand, the source material is undeniably powerful, and the fact that the Coen brothers were hired to rewrite the script can only help its awards chances – even if their glorious Inside Llewyn Davis was overlooked in almost every category this year. We're not still bitter.
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George Lucas once said that "the sound and music are 50% of the entertainment in a movie", and a recent trip to see Gravity backed up by a Dolby Atmos sound system left us very much in agreement with him.
What exactly is Atmos? Think of it as a totally different way of doing cinema sound, where rather than looking at individual channels of audio, sound exists in a 3D space that wraps completely around your head.
Comic book movies are often seen as the domain of spandex-clad demigods who battle moustache-twirling villains, but if 300 and Sin City - which both originated on the pages of Frank Miller works - are anything to go by they're not essential to telling a great story.
With sequels to 300 and Sin City incoming, we take a look at 8 great examples of comic book-inspired films with no superheroes in sight.
The 28-year-old Somalian-born actor made his debut alongside Tom Hanks in the Oscar-nominated drama, and according to The New Yorker was reduced to living off per diems from studio Sony Pictures at the Beverly Hills Hotel while promoting the film.
Meanwhile it's estimated that Hanks made a staggering $50 million from his lead part in the Paul Greengrass film.
We find other surprisingly low movie salaries - from low-budgeted films to blockbusters, accepted by up-and-coming newbies to certified stars - below:
"It's amazing how many people are closet Godzilla fans," director Gareth Edwards mused during the Q&A session that followed a footage screening of his monster remake last Friday. He's naturally hoping for a coming-out party come the film's release in May, but the in-built fandom brings with it a daunting level of pressure for a director with only one previous feature to his name - 2010's acclaimed micro-budget sci-fi Monsters.
Godzilla, aside from being a remake of a beloved property, will be the final film to come out of the long, fruitful partnership between Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures, which birthed Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy among other projects. The stakes are high.
Amid Gravity's incredible awards season run - which culminated this Sunday with 7 Oscar wins at the Academy Awards - director Alfonso Cuarón weighed into the debate surrounding the film's status as a British film.
"You cannot tell from my accent, but I consider myself part of the British film industry," he said as he collected his BAFTA for Best Director earlier this year. "I have lived in London for 13 years and done almost half of my movies here. I make a very good case for curbing immigration."
Just an hour previously, Gravity triumphed in the Best British Film category igniting a mini-social media storm questioning its national identity.
Cuarón's film may not be a kitchen sink drama about working class grind, but look past the Hollywood stars and Warner Bros backing and there's no question that this is a film that - like the Harry Potter series before it (the two share a British producer in David Heyman) - deserves its 'Made in Britain' tag, even if its 'British' status is still up for debate.
"I want to share this with all the artists that live downstairs," Cuarón said in the BAFTA speech, referring to London-based visual effects company Framestore, the driving force behind the film's incredible spectacle.
We're delighted that Leonardo DiCaprio got nominated. And Her. And Philomena's Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope. We actually agreed with a vast number of Oscar noms this year. However, there were some films and actors who we felt didn't get the recognition they deserved, so we decided to honour them in a different form.
Below are Digital Spy's Alternative Oscar Awards, celebrating this year's greatest who missed out on a nomination. Read on to find out the nominees and who we crowned the best of the rest.