By Wendy May
The holiday season has come and gone, but another season is just around the corner – award season.
Award season is the perfect excuse for me to catch up on all of the buzzed about movies of the year without looking like a total recluse. The 2012 Academy Award speculations are already rolling in and I’ve been busy compiling my own predictions of Oscar-winning hopefuls from the long list of worthy candidates.
Best Actor: The frontrunner for Best Actor and the one with little contention, in my opinion, is Daniel Day Lewis for his portrayal as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln.
Daniel Day Lewis is one of those actors with the rare ability to shed any trace of his off-screen identity and wholly transform into any character and, in this film, Lewis became Abraham Lincoln.
While this story of the crucial turning point in American history may not grip everyone, Lewis manages to keep viewers hanging onto every word of his long-winded speeches and loquacious dialogue.
Bringing the 16th president of the United States to life on the silver screen can not be an easy feat (although Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter came close), but Lewis managed to make Lincoln likable, vulnerable, powerful and emotional all at once, and I think he has this win in the bag.
Best Supporting Actress: Just one year after Anne Hathaway took the stage as Oscar co-host, she could be walking the stage again this February as the Best Supporting Actress winner.
Her role as Fantine in Les Mis garnered attention before it hit theatres in December and even her cast mates are singing her praises and predicting her win.
I think her chances of victory are high, seeing as she is already in good with the Academy crowd and she wasn’t afraid to de-beautify herself for the sake of her performance.
It’s Oscar knowledge that an actress’s odds at winning are increased when a physical transformation takes place (think Charlize Theron in Monster) and Hathaway could be the next actress to prove this theory right.
Best Actress: This is the category that I’m torn about.
I’ve come to adore both actresses whose names are being tossed around for the predicted win – Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence. Both have been nominated for Academy Awards in the past, Lawrence for Winter’s Bone and Chastain for the Help, making this year’s race to the podium close.
My hope is Lawrence takes home the win for her role in Silver Linings Playbook and since she seems to have Hollywood wrapped around her talented finger, I think the odds are ever in her favour.
Best Supporting Actor: Out of all the big names in Argo, Alan Arkin is said to be the standout performer in the ensemble cast. Arkin has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as Hollywood film producer, Lester Sigel, in the Ben Affleck directed flick, which is usually a pretty good indication of Academy Award victory. Chances are this could be Arkin’s year to bring home his second Academy Award following his 2007 win for Little Miss Sunshine.
Best Movie: When it comes to best picture, it could be anyone’s game. Although it has been said Zero Dark Thirty’s gruesome torture scenes hinder its chances at a win, I think it still has a solid run for Oscar. Argo is also favoured to win and with Affleck working hard on the Academy Award campaign trail for the past few months, it’s possible a second Academy Award is in his near future.
Whatever film takes home the prize and whoever wins and humbly loses, be sure to enjoy this award season and take time to watch some of the best performances and stories brought to life of 2012.
Wendy May is a self-professed movie fanatic and reader of salacious celebrity gossip whenever she can squeeze it into her day. This usually entails standing in line at the grocery store, sitting in waiting rooms and, of course, perusing her favourite entertainment sites at the end of the day. When she isn’t indulging in her daily entertainment fix, Wendy works as a communications professional in Toronto.