Life of Pi
Director Ang Lee's 3-D(!) version of the 2001 best seller by Yann Martel. CliffsNotes plot: Pi, a 16-year-old boy who is the sole human survivor after the freighter he is traveling on sinks, finds himself on a lifeboat with an orangutan, a hyena, a wounded zebra, and a Bengal tiger. The buzz: Lee is the king of cinematic book adaptations. In 2005, he won a Best Director Oscar for Brokeback Mountain, which was adapted from a short story by Annie Proulx. That isn't all: His 1995 take on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility earned seven Oscar nods.