The time between November and January is when the best films of the year are released so they can open in time to be considered for awards (and still be on people’s mind by the time it comes to voting).
So Awards Season brings us great movies AND amazing fashion :)
Yes I’m a sucker for fashion. I myself LOVE getting dressed up, getting my hair done, putting on shoes I can barely walk in (but who cares because they are so damn cute!) so when I’m not invited to attend these shows, I love to sit at home in my sweats and watch (and judge) other people’s fashion hits and misses.
So far this season we have had The Golden Globes and The SAG awards - both usually good indicators of who might take home the Oscar. This has been an interesting season so far, has anyone else noticed that?
First you have Les Miserable - which is an incredible ensemble musical, which combines f, a great soundtrack and exceptional sets and cinematography - not to mention fabulous performances including an amazing supporting actress performance by Anne Hathaway (I bawled my eyes out when she sang “I Dreamed a Dream”) and a career changing performance by Hugh Jackman. Both won Golden Globles and Hathaway also took home a SAG.
Then you have Lincoln. With an all star cast which includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones, directed by the great Steven Spielberg. It’s a historical drama about the President who abolished slavery which was released in the year that America voted in a Black President for a second term. Seems like a shoe-in right? Not so much. While Daniel Day-Lewis took home both a Golden Globe and a SAG and Tommy Lee Jones also took home a SAG, Lincoln has been left out of most other categories. Does this mean its doomed for Oscar night? I wouldn't count this one out just yet.
And then we have Argo. I personally LOVED this film. I thought it was a great script with an amazing ensemble cast that had the right amount of drama, humor, suspense and action. Ben Affleck has grown to be one of my favorite directors and with only 3 projects under his belt, all been successes and it seems like Mr. Affleck is heading for a stellar direction career. But here is the interesting thing. Ben Affleck was “snubbed” by the Oscars in the Best Director category and since then everyone seems to want to make up for it. I think Ben Affleck will be fine, he’s gonna go on to make even better movies and he will win an Oscar at some point (he already has one remember?). I think Argo deserved the Best Ensemble win at the SAG awards because so many actors had to come together and give great performances to tell this story, but I’m not sure a Best Picture win at the Oscars is necessarily warranted in a year of so many great films - but it's a contender that's for sure!
Oh yes, Silver Linings Playbook. The film that was suppose to be a career changer for Bradley Cooper has been overshadowed by the ever lovely Jennifer Lawrence. Don’t get me wrong, she did a great job and she is a wonderful actress (and yes I totally wish that I was her) but she was TOO YOUNG to play this part! She’s 22 - and looks 22! This woman was suppose to have been married to a cop for, what, 3 years? and he’s been dead how long? Did they get married at 16? Personally I liked this film, I enjoyed the performances and the story was nice but it doesn’t feel to me like the kind of movie that should be getting so much award season praise. It was just good - it wasn’t great. And if anything it should be Bradley Cooper getting recognized, and I give him a ton of credit for stepping outside of his Hangover character and doing something different, but for me this isn’t a film that should be getting as much praise as it is.
I think one performance that is being overlooked really is Naomi Watts in The Impossible. Just for the physical stuff she had to put herself through for the movie she should be given some sort of statue. I thought she was so emotionally connected and so grounded in her character. I absolutely loved her performance.
Oh right, Zero Dark Thirty. For some reason this films use of torture has offended a whole bunch of people and that nonsense seems to has dampened this films chances of Oscar glory. This seems odd to me because a film about the capture of Osama Bin Laden that didn't go to those dark places would have been a crap film. I liked this film, but it wont win best picture and I don't think Jessica Chastain's chances are as strong as I may have thought. People love Jennifer Lawrence and so I think Jessica is going to have to wait another year for Best Actress glory. But she is great, and works a ton, so I'm sure she will be fine. And Kathryn Bigelow being left out of the Best Director category doesn't help the Best Picture chances.
Well those are my thoughts , what are yours for Oscar night? Who will take home what award? Who will be best (and worst) dressed? What are your Oscar night plans? I’d love to hear what your doing, so let me know in the comment section below!
Oh and before I go, let me just give a HUGE shout out to my favorite TV Show Downton Abby for taking home the SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a TV Drama! That show is incredible, I absolutely adore it and I’m so glad that it was recognized.