Let the games begin

Awards-Season-300x300January 9, 2013 – The 2013 award season kicks into full gear tomorrow morning.

That’s welcome news for a movie buff like me, and nearly the only thing to look forward to during the long cold winter.

The season begins with the 2013 Oscar nominations, announced live from Los Angeles on Thursday morning, and really gets going with the Golden Globes to be broadcast on NBC on Sunday night. The Screen Actors Guild Awards is next on January 27, and it wraps up with the granddaddy of all award shows, the Academy Awards on February 24.

Here are my main category predictions for Thursday’s nominations:

Best Picture:
Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, The Master, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty

NOTE: I’m still not used to this category expanding to 10 films, rather than the traditional five; however, I suppose it does give kudos to pictures considered box office hits, like Django Unchained, over the truly artistic films that typically win in this category.

Best Director:
Ben Affleck (Argo), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), David O’Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)

Best Actor:
Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Denzel Washington (Flight)

NOTE: Sure, Bill Murray is quite a long shot here. Most likely the nomination will go to Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables) instead, but I adored Murray’s performance as FDR, and I’d love to see the nomination go to him.

Best Actress:
Jessica Chastin (Zero Dark Thirty), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock), Maggie Smith (Quartet)

Best Supporting Actor:
Alan Arkin (Argo), Robert DeNiro (Silver Linings Playbook), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams (The Master), Judi Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions)

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