OSCARS – Looking at the Best Actor Contenders
The Oscar race is beginning to formulate itself. As it stands the Academy Awards have positioned themselves to be the wildest of wild cards of the Oscar season. Since Oscar ballots are due January 3rd, the nominations will be one of many awards ceremonies coming down like wildfire.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards announce their nominee choices first beginning on December 10th. The Broadcast Film Critics Association will name their best of the year with the Critics Choice Movie Awards being announced the next day on December 11th. The Hollywood Foreign Press will follow-suit with their Golden Globe nominations on December 13th. Mark my words; those four days will likely be the most important and telling aspects of the awards season. If you start hearing the usual suspects, back-to-back and over and over, Oscar will be referring to these groups for citations for their own nominees when they’re announced on January 10th.
As the New York Film Festival has officially come to a close, Ang Lee’s Life of Pishowed itself as a formidable contender in categories like Best Picture and Director. The “secret” and surprise screening of Steven Spielberg’s Lincolnsolidified itself as a serious threat this year. While the film will land categories like Picture, Director, and Lead Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) without skipping a beat, co-stars Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field placed themselves firmly in their respective categories. As Paramount Pictures gears up for their awards campaign,Denzel Washington has been the talk of the town for months for his performance in Robert Zemeckis’ Flight. The closing night of NYFF and the very positive words for the film will be sure to bring Denzel back to the Oscar race since his win forTraining Day (2001). In a more surprising turn of events, the film itself is good enough to be considered for other categories like Best Picture and Supporting Actor for John Goodman.