Here’s hoping everyone’s had a great holiday season! But for avid Oscar watchers, this time of the year brings more than gay happy meetings and silent nights; it also gives us one of our favorite things: the heart of the Oscar season.
Each prospective contender has been released either in select locations or across the United States, so there are no more secrets to be held this Oscar race. This week, audiences are responding to Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables, but the critical divisiveness over the musical might keep it from winning here. Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is also performing well, but I’m still doubtful that it’s an Oscar movie aside from Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance even though film critics seem to prefer it to Les Mis.
With this in mind, let’s see how the Oscar race has changed this week.
Picture still looks like a race between Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, with the former easily leading. The latter carries more clout with the critics, but what’s going against the former? Certainly not the exceptional reviews or fantastic box office. The guilds might throw us a curveball and go for Les Mis – or maybe even Ben Affleck’s Argo – but Lincoln still looks like the winner from where I’m sitting.
2. Zero Dark Thirty
4. Les Misérables
5. Silver Linings Playbook
6. Life of Pi
7. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
8. Moonrise Kingdom
9. Beasts of the Southern Wild
12. Django Unchained
13. The Master
14. The Impossible
15. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey