Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Look Ahead

With no Award Shows in the near future and most sites having their predictions up I'll take a look at next  award season.

Best Picture
Lincoln- A historical biopic by Steven Spielberg staring Daniel Day Lewis. This is the obvious one everyone will be talking about. However for good reason if this film is done right it could sweep the Oscars. I think this could be the year that Joesph Gordan Levitt finally wins an Oscar unless he completely splits the vote with himself. Along with plenty of other of  categories. This one is definitely the favorite.

Downside:Steven Spielberg is coming off War Horse in which he failed to garner an Oscar nomination for best director and wasn't very well received. Plus Daniel Day Lewis and Steven Spielberg  have won before which is always a big obstacle to over come.

Categories:Best Picture,Best Director,Best Actor,Best Supporting Actor,Best Adapted Screenplay,Best Makeup,Best Costume Design,Best Art Direction,Best Score,Best Sound Editing,Best Sound Mixing,Best Editing.

The Dark Knight Rises-With Christopher Nolan coming off Inception and The Dark Knight both huge snubs he could take the top prize based on the fact he's due alone. A great cast,box office that could go through the roof this film could potential finally get the recongization it deserves.

Downside: Christopher will  need to win or at least equal the Dark Knight. Also a summer blockbuster comic book movie  is rarely the type of movie that Academy rewards.

Categories:Best Picture,Best Director,Best Supporting Actor,Best Supporting Actress,Best Visual Effects,Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing,Best Editing,Best Cinematography,Best Art Direction.

Django Unchained-Quentin Tarantino is back with another film another great cast.  He's definitely overdue for a best director win and Westerns have done well with the academy in the pasts few years.

Downside:A lot of directors are overdue and Quentin Tarantino style seems to turn a lot of people off.

Categories:Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay Best Sound Mixing,Best Sound Editing,Best Cinematography,Best Art Direction,Best Original Score,Best Editing.

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey-The Lord of the Rings obviously was obviously one of the biggest hits with not only the public but the academy as well. I don't even need to tell you how well The Return of the King did.

Downside:After how well The Lord of the Rings did the academy may feel they don't need to reward him again. Also The Hobbit(the book) has a much different tone than The Lord of the Rings. If Peter Jackson keeps the same tone as Lord of the Rings it could hurt the film.

Categories:Best Picture , Best Director,Best Adapted Screenplay,Best Visual Effects,Best Original Score,Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Direction,Best Costume Design

The Master-Paul Thomas Anderson is coming off There Will be Blood which is considered a masterpiece with critics and the academy. Another overdue director and  writer.

Downside: He like every director has a lot of competition and some unknown supporting actors and actress.

Categories:Best Actor,Best Supporting Actor,Best Original Screenplay,Best Art Direction,Best Costume Design.

Brave-Pixar is back with a original film basically if this film is as good as Up or Toy Story 3 then it's a lock for Best animated feature and a best picture nod. What I've heard from test screening has been very good.

Downside: Since the invention of the best animated feature. Animated films really lose any credibly for winning best picture. Also from the trailer it doesn't look incredibly original.

Categories:Best Animated Feature, Best Original Score,Best Sound Editing, Best Original Screenplay

Life of Pi-Ang Lee is finally directing something much better material. Depends on how you feel about Taking Woodstock. The Novel has been really well received and an modern  fairy tale like this is along the lines of Slumdog Millionaire which did really well. Slumdog Millionaire was a fairy tale by the way. Child actors have received very well lately (True Grit, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close_

Downside:Ang Lee has won before unlike the long line of director on this list and has been on a losing streak lately.


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