Well, we are well into awards season.
Just over a week after the BAFTA nominations and a few days after the Golden Globes, we get the big kahuna – the Academy Award nominations.
If the BAFTA nominees were anything to go by, the best approach is to play it safe and for the most part, this year’s Oscar nominees are relatively ‘safe’.
American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave and Gravity are always going to be featured in Best Picture, Director and Best Acting nods. Best acting (both lead and supporting) feature the frontrunners that have appeared multiple times in other awards, so surprises there.
I love that Nebraska has gotten some love, especially acting leads Bruce Dern and June Squibb. It is also nice to see Dallas Buyers Club get featured in Best Picture, Leading and Supporting Actors. No doubt its success at the Golden Globes has had a positive impact and I, personally, can’t wait for it to be released in the UK. Philomena is also a surprise and a welcome UK addition to hold the hand of 12 Years a Slave as it goes against its big American heavyweights.
Leo DiCaprio…I am so pleased he is nominated. His fourth Academy nomination (third as leading actor) and after his win at the Golden Globes, it is probably his best bet to nab that statuette. But with such a strong category, it’s anyone’s guess.
Notable exclusions? Inside Llewyn Davis was snubbed Best Actor, Director and Picture nods (and to be honest, I don’t think it is as strong as other nominees). Other films include award-bait Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, The Butler and Saving Mr Banks. I was disappointed that killer whale documentary Blackfish wasn’t nominated – almost like Chasing Ice in 2012. Best Adapted Screenplay for Before Midnight threw me a bit but was quickly resolved with the help of social media.
My favourites? It is simply too close to call at the moment – have been lucky enough to see several of the multiple nominees but there is no clear favourite. Maybe the upcoming BAFTAs will help make up my mind….bring them on.
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