Though it’s only just the beginning of August, Oscar season is coming very soon. Every major studio will shoot out their biggest contenders starting October, hoping to win awards. So what are their chances? I’ll discuss them now in my first major Oscar post of the season.
Lincoln is the most likely film to win the Oscar right now. It has one of Hollywood’s best directors (Steven Spielberg) and one of the Hollywood’s best actors (Daniel Day Lewis). Plus it’s a historical drama, something which the Oscars love. What might hurt the movie is that the Oscars think that Spielberg and Lewis have won before, so the award should go to someone else. Still, I think it’s the top contender.
The Master doesn’t just come from big director Paul Thomas Anderson, but the man who’s practically wins an Oscar every year: Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein is known for campaigning heavily as he did for Shakespeare in Love and The King’s Speech, both of which won Best Picture. The main problem is that Paul Thomas Anderson’s films are not in everyone’s tastes, which hurt The Will Be Blood‘s chances at the Oscars in 2007.
Life of Pi
Life of Pi comes from Ang Lee, a man who has brought nabout some of the best films of the last decade. I’ve been quite excited about the film, and it does look spectacular. The only concern the Oscars have is that it’s in 3-D, but if Lee can do what Scorsese did with Hugo, I’m sure he’ll be fine.
Django Unchained has Quentin Tarantino directing, Jamie Foxx, Christopher Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio acting, and Harvey Weinstein producing. I’m a fan of Tarantino, and I thought the first trailer looked pretty great. The problem is that many of the older voters probably don’t like Tarantino’s style, but I still think it’ll be nominated.
I’m not a fan of musicals or of Tom Hooper either (I thought he robbed David Fincher of an Oscar). But I liked the trailer, plus this is the kind of stuff the Oscars usually favor.
The Great Gatsby
I wasn’t a fan of the trailer, and I have no idea why it’s in 3-D. But big names and the source material will probably have this film get a nomination.
Zero Thirty Dark
There’s been some controversy over the film because some believe the White House gave Kathryn Bigelow classified information for the movie, but I doubt that will hurt the film. I haven’t heard much of it, but I loved Bigelow’s previous work The Hurt Locker, so I’ll give this a try.
The Beasts of the Southern Wild
I’ll be seeing this film over the weekend, so I’ll express my thoughts then. The Beasts of the Southern Wild has received rave reviews and won awards ranging from Cannes to Sundance. The problem is that it isn’t as mainstream as the others on the list, which could potentially hurt it.
Truthfully, I’m not as excited for The Hobbit as everyone else. I don’t know why. The popularity of Lord of the Rings may boost The Hobbit‘s box office gross but probably won’t help its Oscar chances that much.
Hyde Park on Hudson
Hyde Park on Hudson sounds not too different from an average historical drama. But it looks interesting, and the Oscars love historical films.
Here are some films that may make the list. Again, I haven’t seen any of these except Moonrise Kingdom and The Dark Knight Rises (both I think, thus far this year), should be nominated.
The Dark Knight Rises
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