Time certainly does fly. We’re less than two weeks away from the Academy Awards and the last string of awards were just given out this past weekend. The Oscar race hasn’t changed all that much, but further solidifies what you should expect when we watch the awards on February 24th.
The biggest awards ceremony that happened this past weekend definitely was the BAFTAs. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts dished out a number of awards to some of the most obvious of winners. You know, the kind that already have several other trophies on their shelf thanks to this years’ awards season. Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Daniel Day-Lewis and Argo all won once again. The biggest main category surprise of the night was when Emannuelle Riva won Best Actress for her work in Michael Haneke’s Amour. Sadly we’re so close to this years’ Academy Awards that her win doesn’t really make too much of a difference in the big Best Actress race. Jennifer Lawrence is such a big favorite at this point that it’s practically impossible for her to be knocked off her frontrunner throne, unless the Academy randomly decides they aren’t fans of Silver Linings Playbook (which would be silly).
Roger Deakins is an accomplished cinematographer whose done some amazing work behind the camera over the years on some of the best films out there. Some of those movies include The Shawshank Redemption, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and No Country for Old Men, just to name a few. He’s been nominated for the Best Cinematography Oscar a number of times but has never won. Perhaps 2013 is his year. Deakins was praised for his camerawork on the cool new James Bond film Skyfall and naturally got nominated for an Oscar. Hopefully Deakins’ win at this year’s American Society of Cinematographer’s Awards will change the tide a little. He’s won the ASC Award twice before (The Shawshank Redemption, The Man Who Wasn’t There) but still was denied the chance to walk home with an Oscar. Do Deakins’ chances of winning an Oscar look good? Perhaps, but he’s still going up against folks who shot Django Unchained, Lincoln, Life of Pi and Anna Karenina. Hopefully the Academy will recognize the incredible amount of talent that Deakins has behind the camera and award him an Oscar that he should’ve received a long time ago.
There’s one more awards ceremony that took place this past weekend that not many know or recognize during this season. We’re referring to the USC Scripter Awards, an annual ceremony that honors writers not only of feature films but that of novels and even newspaper articles. Some of the winners that night included Chris Terrio for his work on Argo. The film, said to be based on a true story, has gained so much Oscar momentum in the past month and a half that it’s hard to remember a time when it fell off the radar. Does that mean Chris Terrio may have a shot of winning Best Adapted Screenplay? Don’t get your hopes up. The script’s contenders for the Oscars include Life of Pi, Lincoln, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Silver Linings Playbook, a movie which is still beloved by a lot of Academy voters. We wouldn’t be surprised if the Oscar went to Silver Linings Playbook, but this is one of those categories where it could be anybody’s win.
Lastly, we hope that you’ve checked out the cool new poster for the Oscars. If you haven’t you can just scroll down to see it yourself. The Academy released it a couple of days ago, showing off their previous Best Picture winners in the most creative of ways. Well, look!