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Thursday, 8 November 2012

For Your Consideration: Possible Contenders For Awards Season 2013

Just like preparations for Christmas, it does seem like it's never too early to start considering the films and performances which might be up for the major film awards next year. Big wins at major festivals will bolster chances for nominations for the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Academy Awards.

Based on wins at major film festivals and general internet chatter, below is a list of films I would expect to feature heavily in the upcoming awards season. Please note these are not my official Oscar predictions (I will put those up on January 9th 2013, the day before the Oscar nominations are announced).

Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master seems to have Oscar written through it like a stick of Blackpool rock. A shared Best Actor win for Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Venice Film Festival could see them both nominated at the Oscars (Phoenix as Best Actor and Hoffman as Best Supporting Actor, or possibly both as Best Actor) despite Phoenix's recent comments that he finds the awards season 'stupid'. Amy Adams is a possibility for Best Supporting Actress whilst the film could potentially be a Best Picture and Best Director nominee too.

Argo, Ben Affleck's third time in the director's chair, could continue the actor's run of Oscar-nominated films; both of his previous films- Gone Baby Gone and The Town- were nominated for at least one Oscar each. It's based on a true story- the unorthodox rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis under the cover that they were scouting locations for a science-fiction film- and has been lauded by critics, particularly Alan Arkin's performance as a movie producer.

Silver Linings Playbook took the main prize at the Toronto International Film Festival and there's been heavy praise for Jennifer Lawrence's performance as a grieving widow so a second Best Actress nomination for her could be forthcoming. The film could also see a Best Picture nomination and possibly Supporting Actor and Actress nods for Robert de Niro and Jacki Weaver. It could even give Bradley Cooper his first Best Actor nomination.

If this year is anything to go by, Hitchcock could feature heavily in next year's awards season. Hollywood love films about films (see The Artist and Hugo) and the story behind Hitchcock's struggle to make Psycho is an absorbing one. Judging from the trailer, Anthony Hopkins gives an uncanny impersonation of the director as does Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh. Both could be up for acting awards (as could Helen Mirren for her turn as Hitchcock's wife Alma), and the film could be a Best Picture nominee.

Nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis' precocious central performance in low-budget drama Beasts Of The Southern Wild could see her named the youngest ever Best Actress Oscar nominee. Tom Hooper's big-screen adaptation of Boublil and Schonberg's musical Les Miserables could also see some nominations; possibly Best Picture and Director and maybe even acting nods for Hugh Jackman and/or Russell Crowe (Best Actor) or Anne Hathaway (Best Supporting Actress). Mike Newell's recent adaptation of Great Expectations- starring Jeremy Irvine, Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter- might also see some nominations

Assuming both films meet the eligibility criteria, I would expect both Roger Michell's Hyde Park On Hudson and Stephen Spielberg's Lincoln to be heavy contenders for Best Actor as there's been a lot of positive feedback for both Bill Murray and Daniel Day-Lewis as US Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln respectively. Biopics traditionally do well at awards season, with performances of real-life figures also favoured, so these two films could also be nominated in other categories.

A number of foreign-language films could feature heavily outside the Best Foreign Language Picture category. Rust And Bone won Best Film at the London Film Festival recently with the main performances by Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts commended by many reviewers. It's entirely possible that a Best Picture nod and acting awards could follow. Similarly, Untouchable- France's submission for Best Foreign Language Film- could feature with the performances by Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy (as a rich white quadriplegic and his black ex-convict carer respectively) commended. Another foreign language films which may be nominated is Michael Haneke's Amour, winner of this year's Palme d'Or and also Austria's submission for Best Foreign Language Film.

One big question has been: will The Dark Knight Rises get a Best Picture nod? I think it's unlikely, sadly. Reports were that an Academy screening of Nolan's Batman film was met with a less than positive reception which will almost certainly scupper its chances. Christopher Nolan may be an outside shot for a Best Director nod but it seems more likely that The Dark Knight Rises' best Oscar shots will be- like Avengers Assemble and Skyfall- in the technical categories (although Skyfall might also get a crack at Best Original Song).

The timetable for the major awards in 2013 is as follows:

Film Independent Spirit Awards
Nominations announced: 27 November 2012
Awards Ceremony: 23 February 2013

Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award
Nominations Announced: 12 December 2012
Awards Ceremony: 27 January 2013

Golden Globes
Nominations announced: 13 December 2012
Awards Ceremony: 13 January 2013 (hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler)

Writers' Guild Of America (WGA) Award
Nominations Announced: 3 January 2013
Awards Ceremony: 17 February 2013

Directors' Guild Of America (DGA) Award
Nominations Announced: 8 January 2013
Awards Ceremony: 2 February 2013

BAFTA Film Awards
Nominations announced: 9 January 2013
Awards Ceremony: 10 February 2013

Golden Raspberry Awards (Razzies)
Nominations Announced: TBA
Awards Ceremony: 23 February 2013

Academy Awards (Oscars)
Nominations announced: 10 January 2013
Awards Ceremony: 24 February 2013 (hosted by Seth McFarlane)

There’ll be more on the upcoming awards season later in the year.


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