The films that’ll be making an impact at Oscars 2013
Yes, yes… we know it was only a few days ago that this year’s winners were announced but to cap off our Oscars coverage for the year, we thought we’d take a look at the films that will be making a splash in a year’s team at the 85th Academy Awards next year.
Lincoln (directed by Steven Spielberg)
The biopic to end all biopics. This is a passion project of Spielberg’s that has been on the cards for a long time now with Daniel Day-Lewis always assumed for the lead role. With those two Oscar heavyweights front and centre, and the fact it deals with a prominent figure in American history, it guarantees nominations at the very least. Would definitely be the very early favourite.
The Master (directed by Paul Thomas Anderson)
A period drama about the beginnings of an organisation that sounds just a little bit like Scientology. It brings together a much-loved director with potential Oscar-worthy performances from Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix and in particular Phillip Seymour Hoffman. This has the makings of something really great.
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Les Miserables (directed by Tom Hooper)
Hooper won for ‘The King’s Speech’ last year and to follow it up he’s taking on the epic stage musical. Proven Broadway star Hugh Jackman is Jean Valjean alongside Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and the villain of the piece, Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert. This is bound to be epic and is likely to be held in high regard by the Academy.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (directed by Peter Jackson)
Eight years ago ‘Lord of the Rings’ director Peter Jackson and co swept the board, winning each of their 13 nominations for ‘Return of the King’. For his return to Middle Earth, the pressure is on Jackson to deliver more of the same quality. If he hasn’t lost the Midas touch then this is a good shout for a Best Picture nomination, and hopefully a Best Supporting Actor nod for Sir Ian McKellan.
Django Unchained (directed by Quentin Tarantino)
Tarantino is always a good shout for a nomination, if not always the win that his fans crave. This western is littered with potential winning performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and possibly even Sacha Baron Cohen. It’s a good shout for a screenplay award too.