Oscars 2013: Best Picture–12 Years A Slave–What You Need to Know (Oscar Winners, Ranking) (Best Film about Slavery), Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard

Oscars 2013: Best Picture–12 Years A Slave–What You Need to Know

Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The (2008): David Fincher’s Fable, Starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Tilda Swinton, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali

Though vastly different from “Slumdog Millionaire,” in its good moments, which are plentiful, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” achieves the same kind of magical realism, a style that fits its eccentric epic yet lyrical storytelling. “Benjamin Button” represents the same, welcome change of pace for its director-auteur David Fincher that “Slumdog Millionaire” did for Danny Boyle.

Seven (aka Se7en) (1995): Fincher’s Brilliant Serial Killer Thriller, Starring Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey

Dark, grim, claustrophobic, scary–and brilliant–the serial killer “Seven” is David Fincher’s second film, a promising follow-up to 1992 debut “Alien3.”

12 Monkeys (1995): Terry Gilliam’s Dark Sci-Fi Starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Christopher Plummer, Brad Pitt

A dark, somber sci-fi in the mold of Blade Runner, Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys is a spectacular mess, an excessively complicated film that attempts to be timely by blending the genres of a “virus” thriller and a post-apocalyptic (anti-science) drama.