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Countdown to the Oscars: Will Les Mis Stand Les Chance?

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With eight Oscar nominations, Les Miserables stands just behind Lincoln as the popular choice candidate for 2013’s Academy Award winners.  Having already done quite well at the Golden Globes, earning Best Picture in the Musical/Comedy genre as well as honoring both Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway with new statues of their own, I’m torn!

Usually, when an actor or film is nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar, this skeptical fan always watches for “The Curse of the Golden Globe!”  Sometimes, winning a Golden Globe can just about guarantee that you will NOT win an Oscar.

However, Les Miserables won Film of the Year at the AFI Awards!  And, it’s also a well known assumption that musical nominees do very well at the Oscars…

What’s a girl to go by?!

Les Mis, if you haven’t heard about it, is the tumultuous story of Jean Valjean, a paroled prisoner who tries to start over in life with a new identity, righting his wrongs by caring for an orphaned child.  Constantly in the crossroads, a military officer by the name of Javert suspects Valjean as the prisoner who got away.

Meanwhile, around the corner, the French Revolution is brewing in the city streets.  Les Miserables is a love story, between a parent and child, between a man and a woman; it is an inspiration for a better life, better world, and new beginning.

So where will it win? 

I JUST DON’T KNOW!!!

Seriously.  As phenomenal as the music is, I can’t honestly give this film my vote for winner in any of the key categories.

I know. I know.  Don’t hate me!

You know what I’m going to root for?  I do hope that Les Miserables takes the win for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing.  Gracious, aren’t I?  But it is a very, very well done musical and the performers are talented singers.  I think the team that worked on assembling the sound to be spot on deserves beau coup credit!

But as I stated before, I don’t think Les Mis will take home an Oscar for Best Original Song.  Added in to the already phenomenal set list, theater and composing royalty joined forces to create the nominated, “Suddenly” – a song written to describe the paternal love Valjean feels after rescuing Cosette the orphan from the shifty innkeepers she’d been living with.  Take a sneak peak!

Beautiful song!  But will it hold up against Adele’s nominated “Skyfall”?  I’m betting on her.  But the Academy could go old school on me and prove me wrong.

Now I’d like you to take a little trip to Logic Land with me. 

Earlier, I stated how I wasn’t so amped about 9 year old Quvenzhane’ Wallis‘ nomination for Best Actress being that it seemed an affront to say the BEST acting job of any female in the last year was a child, and not perhaps an actress who had trained, researched, and practiced her craft for years.  And I guess I’m getting picky again, but Anne Hathaway’s Best Supporting Nomination is tough for me to root for when she dies so early in the film!  *Sorry, minor spoiler!*

One can’t deny her rendition of the critically acclaimed “I Dreamed a Dream” is powerful!  I read that Hathaway lived on two squares of oatmeal paste before filming in order to lose 25 pounds for her impoverished character, Fantine.  That is impressive.  And probably very bland. 

Despite my frustration for a “worthy” candidate, I fully admit I could end up eating my words come award day.  Hathaway and her co-star Hugh Jackman have both been Oscar hosts in the past!  This could put them in a very good light by the Academy, especially since they even performed together on the Oscar stage in 2009!

Hugh Jackman

Anne Hathaway and co-host James Franco – Who could forget the Academy’s attempt to Youth-inize the Oscars?

Note:  Anne doesn’t come in to the dance number til about 4:00 minutes, so zoom ahead as desired!

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What do you think?  Are you rooting for Les Miserables?  Am I being too picky over the nominees?

 

 

 

 

 

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