Oscar predictions for 2013
Time Out looks at the contenders for the 2013 Academy Awards
The Oscars race is well and truly on. The frontrunners for the 2013 Academy Awards are ‘Argo’ and ‘Lincoln’, with ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and ‘Les Misérables’ bringing up the rear. The nominations have been announced and the ceremony is on February 24 2013. Here, Time Out’s tipsters weigh up the chances of this awards season’s fancied runners and riders.
Who’s been nominated?
Four people who aren’t going to win – and Daniel Day-Lewis. The big man’s Bafta win only confirms it – it’s sure to be a record-breaking third Oscar for DDL. Denzel Washington is still lurking in the background waving his arms, but 'Flight' simply isn’t a strong enough movie (it wasn’t nominated for Best Picture) to make a win likely, while Joaquin Phoenix shot down his own chances when he called awards 'bullshit' (the fact that ‘The Master’ has been snubbed across the board doesn't help his case, either).
Of the other two contenders, neither Bradley Cooper nor Hugh Jackman have paid their dues in ‘serious’ roles yet, though if they continue like this, expect a win for either or both sometime in the next decade.
Who’s going to win?
Day-Lewis could pick his nose in front of a camera and get nominated. As it is, his turn as America’s superhero president is one for the ages. Day-Lewis’s Lincoln has everything: a funny voice, an awkward gait, a difficult family, an acid wit and a righteous cause, so if he doesn’t win it’ll be the biggest Oscar upset since Chris Rock said all those nasty things about Jude Law.
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