James Hirsen-The Oscars: January, 2013

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Early Oscar Predictions

James Hirsen on Hollywood

 

The 86th Academy Awards voting process has begun.

The nominations will be announced on Jan. 16, 2014, 

 
 
 
The all-important awards season is the most competitive in decades thanks to a flood of critic and member pleasing fare. “Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are featured in challenging roles this time around,” says Hirsen.
 
The highly emotional and compelling “12 Years a Slave” is the favorite for Best Picture, with “Gravity” hovering nearby in the #2 slot. The unexpected ultra-high box-office levels that “Gravity” has achieved are causing experts, critics, and Oscar voters to take a second look at the outer space drama.
 
In addition to these two flicks, “American Hustle” is a lock for a nom. “Hustle” has a cast of Oscar and critic favorites and is inspired by a true story from the recent past, a concept that Academy members are quite fond of and one that is reminiscent of last year’s “Argo.”
 
“Nebraska,” a unique take on aging, and “Captain Phillips,” a real-life pirate action thriller, are likely to receive nominations as well.
 
Other movies that could garner nominations include “Her,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Fruitvale Station,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Philomena,” “Blue Jasmine,” “August: Osage County,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” and “The Book Thief.”

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