See: Birdman
In a nutshell: A washed up movie star famous for playing superhero ‘Birdman’ tries to gain credibility with a Broadway production. 
What to say: “Of course you’ll have noticed the strong parallels between Keaton and his own early career as Batman.”
Awards buzz: A brilliant man-on-the-edge performance from Keaton, who should be a shoe in for the best actor shortlists. Naomi Watts, Emma Stone and Ed Norton also shine.



The cast of Girls

See: Girls
In a nutshell: Created by and starring Lena Dunham, Girls reflects part of the population not represented by Sex & the City. Main character Hannah (Dunham) and her friends navigate through their tricky twenties ‘one mistake at a time.’
What to say: “ That sex scene was SO cringe.”
Awards buzz: The groundbreaking show has already scooped a number of high profile awards (Dunham won a Globe for best actress in 2013) so there’s no reason why it won’t continue on it’s award winning path.


See: Orange is the New Black
In a nutshell: A waspy New Yorker Piper Chapman is sent down for her unwitting role in a decade old drug crime. This is all news to her fiancée Larry  - as is the fact that she used to be a lesbian.
What to say: “ Do you think I could pull off an orange jumpsuit?”
Awards buzz: Taylor Schilling is so believable as the loveable Piper and this is why OITNB is such knockout TV. She deserves to win for best actress in a comedy series.


See: The Theory Of Everything
In a nutshell: Eddie Redmayne plays Professor Stephen Hawking during his devastating MND diagnosis and 25 year marriage to his first wife Jane (played by a brilliant Felicity Jones). It’s an emotional one - Hawking himself apparently shed a tear watching it.
What to say: “What a sensitively crafted biopic. Surely a career-making moment for Redmayne.”
Awards buzz: Eddie Redmayne is simply extraordinary in it. We’d be very surprised if he came away empty-handed.


See: Wild
In a nutshell: When the death of her mother leaves her life in tatters, Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) attempts to find herself with a 1100 mile solo hike across the American wilderness.
What to say: “It’s a deeper, darker Eat Pray Love.” 
Awards buzz: This is pretty much a one-woman show by Reese. The performance should put in the Oscars race.


See: Foxcatcher
In a nutshell: The relationship between a pro wrestler (Channing Tatum) and his creepy billionaire sponsor (Steve Carrell) in the build-up to the ‘88 Seoul Olympics. 
What to say: “It’s such a brave and bold departure from comedy for Steve Carrell.”
Awards buzz: Carrell is the favourite to scoop best actor, but Channing and Mark Ruffalo (who plays his brother) should get nomination nods too. Special mention as ever to Channing’s magnificent pecs.