Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
In The Mix:
Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Dark Knight Rises, Django Unchained, Hitchcock, The Hobbit, The Impossible, The Master, Moonrise Kingdom, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Promised Land, The Sessions.
My favorite movies of the
year so far have been Argo and Silver Linings Playbook, but it is still
too early to tell. Buzz and anticipation are building for Les
Miserables, which will first be released on Christmas Day. There
can be anywhere from 5 to 10 nominees for Best Picture.
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Tom Hooper, Les Miserables
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
In The Mix:
Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master), Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom), Judd Apatow, (This Is 40), J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), Sacha Gervasi (Hitchcock), Ben Lewin (The Sessions), Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises), Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), Gus Van Sant (Promised Land), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild).
So far the 6 front-runners for Best Director match the 6 front-runners for Best Picture. Ben Affleck would be a first-time nominee for Best Director, though he won an Oscar in 1998 for writing Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon. Affleck would join a prestigious group: Kathryn Bigelow won this award in 2010 for The Hurt Locker, Tom Hooper won in 2011 for The King's Speech, Ang Lee won in 2006 for Brokeback Mountain, and Steven Spielberg won in 1994 for Schindler's List and in 1999 for Saving Private Ryan. David O. Russell was previously nominated for Best Director in 2011 for The Fighter.
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Anthony Hopkins, Hitchcock
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
In The Mix:
Ben Affleck (Argo), Matt Damon (Promised Land), Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained), Richard Gere (Arbitrage), Jake Gyllenhaal (End of Watch), Tom Holland (The Impossible), Brad Pitt (Killing Them Softly), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Denzel Washington (Flight).
This is a competitive year
for actors. In the lead right now are two actors who played real people: Daniel Day-Lewis as “Abraham Lincoln” and John Hawkes as “Mark
O'Brien”. Another portrayal of a real person: Anthony Hopkins as “Alfred Hitchcock”. Bradley Cooper gave his career-best
performance in Silver Linings Playbook, and Hugh Jackman is said to
have done the same in Les Miserables. Going for his third nomination
is Joaquin Phoenix, who was previously nominated in 2001 for Gladiator and in 2006 for Walk The Line. It could be interesting if Ben
Affleck and Matt Damon find themselves facing off with each other in
this category, for Argo and Promised Land respectively.
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts
of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
In The Mix:
Judi Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina), Melanie Lynskey (Hello I Must Be Going), Leslie Mann, (This Is 40), Meryl Streep (Hope Springs), Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed).
The main front-runner right now is Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence is coming off a huge year with The Hunger Games, and she was previously nominated for Best Actress in 2011 for Winter's Bone. Also gaining momentum are previous Oscar nominees Jessica Chastain (in 2012 for The Help) and Naomi Watts (in 2004 for 21 Grams), as well as previous Oscar winners Marion Cotillard (in 2008 for La Vie En Rose) and Helen Mirren (in 2007 for The Queen). A newcomer in this category could be Quvenzhane Wallis, who was only 6 years old when she filmed Beasts of the Southern Wild. It would also be great to see Leslie Mann recognized for a comedy like This Is 40, which was written and directed by her real-life husband Judd Apatow and hits theaters on December 21st.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin, Argo
Russell Crowe, Les Miserables
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
In The Mix:
James Badge Dale (Flight), James Gandolfini (Not Fade Away), John Goodman (Argo), Dwight Henry (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Hal Holbrook (Promised Land), Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi), Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike), Ewan McGregor (The Impossible), Christopher Walken (A Late Quartet).
Right now the Best Supporting Actor category is up for grabs with no clear front-runner. Leonardo DiCaprio has yet to win an Oscar, though he was previously nominated in 1994 for What's Eating Gilbert Grape, 2005 for The Aviator, and 2007 for Blood Diamond. Time will tell, as Django Unchained will first be released on Christmas Day. Alan Arkin, who stole all of his scenes in Argo, won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2007 for Little Miss Sunshine. Robert De Niro, who stole all of his scenes in Silver Linings Playbook, won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1975 for The Godfather: Part II and for Best Actor in 1981 for Raging Bull. Three other previous Oscar winners will likely round out the category: Tommy Lee Jones, who won Best Supporting Actor in 1994 for The Fugitive, Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won Best Actor in 2006 for Capote, and Russell Crowe, who won Best Actor in 2001 for Gladiator. This time, Crowe takes on a musical with Les Miserables.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
In The Mix:
Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Blythe Danner (Hello I Must Be Going), Rosemarie DeWitt (Your Sister's Sister), Ann Dowd (Compliance), Scarlett Johansson (Hitchcock), Gloria Reuben (Lincoln), Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables), Kerry Washington (Django Unchained), Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower).
The Best Supporting Actress category is also up for grabs with no clear front-runner. But Anne Hathaway is starting to gain momentum for her role in Les Miserables. Hathaway was previously nominated for Best Actress in 2009 for Rachel Getting Married. Sally Field is also an Oscar favorite, having won the Best Actress award twice before – in 1980 for Norma Rae and in 1985 for Places in the Heart. Field has earned rave reviews for holding her own as “Mary Todd Lincoln” opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln. Helen Hunt is another previous Oscar winner, winning Best Actress in 1998 for As Good As It Gets, and she will likely find herself back in the race this year for The Sessions. Also back in the running are Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook, who was nominated once before in 2011 for Animal Kingdom, and Amy Adams for The Master, who was nominated three times before in 2006 for Junebug, 2009 for Doubt, and 2011 for The Fighter.
The Oscar nominations will
be announced on Thursday, January 10th, 2013.
The 85th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 24th, 2013.