Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a slave owner, holds Django's wife captive. Andrew Cooper/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Christoph Waltz (right, with Jamie Foxx) stars in Quentin Tarantino's new film Django Unchained. Andrew Cooper/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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Maria (Naomi Watts) and her family, including her son Lucas (Tom Holland), fight to survive when they are caught in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Jose Haro/Summit Entertainment hide caption

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Tom Hooper won an Academy Award for best director for The King's Speech last year. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images hide caption

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In the first act of Les Miserables, factory worker Fantine (Anne Hathaway) loses her job and is forced first to sell her hair and then become a prostitute in order to support her daughter, Cosette. Universal Pictures hide caption

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Cooper's character, Pat Solatano, meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) while trying to get his life together after being released from a state institution. The Weinstein Company hide caption

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A Bengal tiger named Richard Parker plays a central role in Life of Pi, a new movie adaptation of a novel some might describe as unfilmable. 20th Century Fox hide caption

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Lost at sea, Pi (Suraj Sharma) Patel begins to make an extraordinary connection with a fearsome Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. 20th Century Fox hide caption

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Tony Kushner based his screenplay for Lincoln in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of the president, Team of Rivals — but he read many other histories and biographies, in addition to Lincoln's own writings. DreamWorks/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Day-Lewis used firsthand accounts of Abraham Lincoln's speeches, along with his personal letters, to develop a voice and a style for Steven Spielberg's biographical drama. David James/DreamWorks hide caption

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