Saturday, 12 January 2013

OSCARS 2013



So, the nominations have been revealed.  This year the field is wider than it's been for a while.  The media is leading with the headline that Lincoln is the favourite to sweep the board because of the amount of nominations it has received, but remember how many nominations Gangs of New York had compared to what it took away.  Still, I'd probably agree that Lincoln is going to win big, even if it wasn't my favourite from what I've seen so far.  Daniel Day-Lewis is a sure thing for Best Actor with nobody else in with a chance.  I would love for Hugh Jackman to win, but you know - it's Day-Lewis and he's going to make history by being the first to win the award three times.  Most of the time, you don't even need to see the films to predict which will win.  A lot of the time it's down to which has the best campaign or the best press.  Do the Academy members who vote have time to watch all of the nominees?  When you see actors interviewed and asked what their film of the year has been, most of them admit they've been too busy working to watch any.

Here's my betting slip for the awards:


Date
Bet Type
Details
Result

12/01/2013
Single To Win
Pending


12/01/2013
Single To Win
Pending


12/01/2013
Single To Win
Pending


12/01/2013
Single To Win
Pending


12/01/2013
Single To Win
Pending


12/01/2013
Single To Win
Pending


12/01/2013
Single To Win
Pending


12/01/2013
Single To Win
Pending


12/01/2013
Single To Win
Pending


12/01/2013
Single To Win
Pending


12/01/2013
Single To Win
Pending



There are just two categories where I've placed two bets - one for which I think will win and another for which I want to win.  Les Miserables would bring in the biggest return, but that's because it's very unlikely.  Tom Hooper doesn't have a Director nod, so that says a lot.  I'm split between Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain for Best Actress.  Chastain has worked very hard in the last couple of years and has an impressive body of work already.  Anne Hathaway winning for Supporting Actress will be a very satisfying moment.  I haven't seen all of the nominated films yet - only four of them.  I will have seen all of them by the time the awards arrive, except for Amour as that has come and gone now.  I was hoping that Skyfall would at least get a nomination, but instead I'll settle for the title track winning for Best Original Song.  

As for the omissions. Ben Affleck will have his day (or two) in the future and The Hobbit still has two films left in the trilogy (Lord of The Rings didn't win big until Return of The King).  This year has been the first time that a Christopher Nolan film hasn't received any nominations since Insomnia - but, of course,  he's not done.


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