Here’s the cover of the 2014 edition of this series.
I found it on Amazon
The text with it mentions the films Gravity (the cover image), Nebraska, American
Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street. All of them were Oscar Best Picture
nominees. The Palme d’Or winner is
usually a lock so that means Blue is the Warmest Color will probably be joining
them. That’s six films; a year usually
adds 10-12 new ones.
Speculating on others, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rush added. The list skews more European, and they do love their Formula One racing. And considering one of the two characters is a major British driver, and that the main editors of the books are British, that also seems to point in the favor of this film.
It would surprise me to not see Her added, but it’s yet another Best Picture nominee and the editors seem to only allow a certain number of them in for a given year. This might only be 50/50.
The Great Beauty was the foreign film winner for the Oscars, the Golden Globes, and the BAFTAs. I didn’t think it was that special, but the director already had another film added to the list last year (The Consequences of Love), so I think this one is probably a reasonable pick to be added.
Three films that didn’t get a lot of notice, but that I had in my Top 10 for the year are Stoker, Mud, and Much Ado About Nothing. It would be nice to see at last one make the list. Other than Much Ado About Nothing, though, I don’t know that they bring anything unique to the discussion.
Upstream Color sharply divides people (I’m on the “con” side), but enough editors might be on the “pro” side to add it. I’d much rather see Shane Carruth’s earlier film Primer make the list instead.
I’ve already seen every film mentioned here, so if the new additions are close to these guesses then I won’t have much catching up to do this fall.
The Amazon U.K. entry says that the book will be available October 6, 2014. A similar date was given last year, but it started shipping in early September instead. Of course, that was the hardcover American edition. This year is likely to only have the
softcover edition. There is no entry for
the book on the main Amazon site in the U.S.,
but I know that it eventually offered the U.K. editions in prior years, so it
is very likely that will happen again this time.