‘Tis the season for award nominations

red-carpet-awardDecember 13, 2013 – Last week I posted a list of movies I planned to take in over the holiday break. The Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globe nominations released this week have reaffirmed my choices, and added a few more to the mix.

Aside from the acting categories, which we will visit as the award season progresses, the Best Motion Picture categories for each are similar. The SAGs refer to the category as “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture”. They deal strictly with acting awards, and one can assume the best cast would be found in the best picture. Nominated this year are “12 Years a Slave”, “American Hustle”, “August: Osage County”, “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”.

The Golden Globes also handles Best Picture differently by splitting them into drama and musical/comedy categories. In the drama category, they have nominated “12 Years a Slave”, “Captain Phillips”, “Gravity”, “Philomena”, and “Rush”. In the musical/comedy category, they named “American Hustle”, “Her”, “Inside Llweyn Davis”, “Nebraska”, and “The Wolf of Wall Street”. “Inside Llweyn Davis” may be a fit for the musical portion of this category, but the other films are not, nor would I consider them comedies, so it’s an odd year for sure.

Already committed to four films over the holiday break, I will do my best to add two more. “August: Osage County”, with Meryl Street and Julia Roberts (both nominated in acting categories for a Globe and a SAG), and “Philomena”, with Judy Dench (nominated in the acting category for a SAG).

“August: Osage County” focuses on a family of strong-willed women who revisit their past when a crisis brings them back home, and “Philomena” tells the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her after his birth decades before.

“12 Years a Slave” is also ‘must see’, and generated plenty of positive reviews when it was in theaters a few months ago. If there is an Oscar nomination in its future, and I feel positive there will be, I’ll see it when it returns to theaters as part of its Academy Award re-run. Both the Golden Globes and the SAGs, televised on January 12 and January 18 respectively, usually gage the Oscars for nominations and wins.

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