Right now it feels like awards season is repeatedly beating us over the head with news. The past three days have been chock full of nomination announcement news between the DGA Awards, the BAFTA’s and even the Razzies. You just can’t escape the awards season wave, but we’re here to help you find out who’s been showered with awards affection or snubbed on this week’s Oscar Scuttlebutt.
Let’s talk about one of the more controversial announcements of this week so far: The 65th annual DGA (Director’s Guild of America) Awards. Yesterday the Director’s Guild released the nominees, and not too many people were happy with some of the results. The category that upset many was the Oustanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film section. Those nominated for the great award include Ben Affleck (Argo), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Tom Hooper (Les Misérables) and Ang Lee (Life of Pi). The biggest problem many have with these nominees is that Quentin Tarantino is missing from the list. There’s already been a number of complaints about the lack of Tarantino on the list, and we’d agree. Tarantino’s direction in Django Unchained is far stronger than any scene that Tom Hooper put together in Les Misérables. Then again, his chances of winning the DGA Award are pretty slim, considering the fact that he won for The King’s Speech back in 2010. Perhaps the voters will want a director to win who hasn’t won the award in the past five years. If that’s the case then Kathryn Bigelow is also out of the running. We’ll see.
Now how about the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, better known as the BAFTAs. For the most part the major categories are a mirror to the nominees we see set up for this year’s Golden Globe Awards. We could take a guess in assuming that tomorrow’s Oscar nomination announcement will look very similar to the nominees that we see on the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes, but we also hope that there’ll be a couple of nomination surprises sprinkled in. Also, one of the best things about this year’s BAFTAs is the love they gave to Skyfall. Both Judi Dench and Javier Bardem were nominated in their respective supporting actor categories. It’d be cool to see Bardem get nominated for a best supporting actor nomination again in this year’s Oscars. Fingers crossed this happens.
We can’t forget the Razzies, that one awards event that has honored the worst that cinema had to offer this past year. In Return of the King fashion, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part II took over the Razzies, slipping into eleven nomination spots. Other awful films that made the list include A Thousand Words, That’s My Boy and Madea’s Witness Protection. If you haven’t seen any of these movies yet, we urge you to avoid them like the plague.
We’re just a couple of days away from the 2013 Golden Globes. While our favorite celebrities will get sloshed at the monstrous awards show, we’re more curious about who will run away with the trophy by the end of the night in the major film categories. In the Best Motion Picture Drama category, we’ve got Argo, Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln and Life of Pi to choose from. Maybe Django will get some love, but for the most part it’s anybody’s game. The great thing about the Golden Globes is that you never really know who will win. They’re not as horribly predictable as the Oscars and that’s one of the many reasons why people, such as myself, love watching it every year. The 2013 Golden Globes will air this Sunday, January 13th at 8 EST/ 5 PST.
Last but not least is our final thoughts on the eve of the Oscar nomination announcement. We’ll be up and ready to hear who made the cut early tomorrow morning, but the one thing we hope is that Django Unchained and The Perks of Being a Wallflower will get some love, at the very least in the screenplay categories.