Hello fellow movie lovers! The holidays are come and gone, and many of our favorite shows are starting to return to television (Downton Abbey anyone???). But it also marks the countdown to one of my favorite things of the whole year!
As the Golden Globe nominations have already been made, the internet is abuzz with Oscar predictions too. Many people say that The Oscars is an old schoolers game, and that the Academy will follow suit and stick with their “Hollywood darlings” to win. But I think in the last few years more and more wild cards have made an impact. Just think Melissa McCarthy nominated for Best Supporting Actress last year in Bridesmaids! Or the surprising inclusion of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, where he was nominated for Best Director, and Christoph Waltz took home an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Most of you know that I am an Oscar
freak fanatic! I love trying to guess who will be nominated and who’s going to win. I even host an annual Oscar Party at my house! It’s themed each year, full of wine and appetizers to die for! All guests receive a ballot of all the nominees and must mark their winning selection before the ceremonies begin. And then it’s pencil’s down! I collect all writing utensils and replace them with a colored marker. Guests check off and count how many correct selections they made and the top 3 people with the most right all win fabulous Hollywood worthy schwag bag prizes!
So with the slew of big films all releasing now, I thought I’d better get my butt to the movies!
Hollywood Darling and Tolkien Geek Nominee: The Hobbit, 3D
Over the course of its three films, The Lord of the Rings trilogy won 17 Oscars, and was nominated for a total of 30. I’d say that’s pretty good odds. They made almost all the big categories, with director Peter Jackson earning his award for Best Director. So what do we think will happen for this returning director and crew with their recent release of Part 1, The Hobbit?
Sadly for Martin Freeman, I don’t think he’ll be nominated for a Lead Actor. Don’t get me wrong, I loved him as Bilbo! He did fabulously! But, I think he’s up against too many Hollywood Heavyhitters like Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, and Hugh Jackman.
I’m actually not so sure there will be any acting nominations, but let’s not rule out Ian McKellen as Gandalf for a Best Supporting Actor just yet! He’s been previously nominated for the role, so it could happen.
Where I think The Hobbit is going to shine is in the special effects categories. Let’s face it, they’re all well deserved! The credits for this movie were intense when you see how many people were involved in the making of the film. They had their own medical staff on hand! And model makers for those Tolkien landscapes. I’m expecting heavy nominations for The Hobbit in all Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Cinematography, and Art Direction categories. I think it’s going to also see nominations in the Costume and Make-up Categories.
Who knew Tolkien dwarves could be so sexy?
Another thing Jackson does well is the musical scores and credit song. Annie Lennox took home an Oscar for LOTR: Return of the King’s “Into the West” and Enya was nominated for The Fellowship of the Ring’s “May It Be.” I would be quite happy for Neil Flinn to be nominated for “Song of the Lonely Mountain”.
With that said, I don’t think The Hobbit will take the win for Best Original song, assuming Adele is nominated for Skyfall, but it’s still a strong contender. Good luck, Neil Flinn!
And lastly, Peter Jackson and his film, The Hobbit, will both receive Oscar Nominations. I think Jackson stands a chance for Best Director again, but I don’t think the Academy is going to vote The Hobbit as best film. There’s not many science fiction/fantasy films that have earned that title. If you ask me, it’s going to go to a more acceptable indie flick like Silver Linings Playbook, or something more historic for the times like Argo or Zero Dark Thirty. We shall see…
For more Oscar fun, check out this movie byte for more Academy Award Predictions!
And stay tuned for more of my Countdown to the Oscars! Who do you think will be nominated this year?