As award season approaches, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) must deliberate and release their Academy Award Nominations. The 85th Annual Academy Awards show will take place on February 24, and will be hosted by comedian and actor Seth MacFarlane. In the meantime, here is a list of possible films that may be in the running for nominations.
Daniel Day-Lewis masters the character of the former Civil-War president in the Steven Spielberg film. “I think Daniel understood Lincoln on a subatomic level, one that goes beyond anything I could articulate.” Spielberg said of the talented actor. Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture may all be nominations awarded to this film.
Ben Affleck delivers a noteworthy performance as a CIA agent during the Iranian Revolution. Affleck’s character is on a mission to create a fake movie in order to rescue hostages at the U.S. embassy in Tehran. Affleck stars and directs the film that has been receiving Oscar Buzz. Affleck appears as a triple threat for Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture.
3. Life of Pi:
The Ang Lee film blends impressive cinematography with a boy’s fight for survival. The story chronicles Pi Patel, who finds himself surviving a ship wreck with a massive Bengal tiger in the open ocean. This film has been compared to James Cameron’s Avatar, and may be qualified for a plethora of awards including Best Screen Play, Best Visual Effects, and Best Cinematography.
4. Les Misérables:
Directed by Tom Hooper who also directed 2011’s Best Picture The King’s Speech. This film has a star studded cast including Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham Carter, and Russell Crowe. The only thing that may be detrimental to nominations is its Christmas Day release date, leaving last minute consideration for the Academy.
5. The Master:
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Joaquin Phoenix channels a troubled World War II veteran who seeks meaning to his life. Freddie Quell (Phoenix) sparks a relationship with Lancaster Dodd who is played by the talented Philip Seymour Hoffman. Dodd is a leader of a self-help organization and challenges Quell to seek the right path. The duo may be qualified for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.