Here is my usual pre-awards event list of things that I hope happen (and of course are neither locked to happen nor have no chance of happening):
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey receives multiple nominations
Sure this film has had a large share of critical hate launched at it, but for once we have a film with a clear critics/audiences divide. Word of mouth for this film has been exceptional. Just a few weeks ago pundits were talking about this film as a box office disappointment (laughing at its performance compared to films such as Skyfall). Yet now here we are looking at a box office juggernaut that will easily pass $300 million domestically and $1 billion worldwide. Hopefully, Academy voters side with audiences and give this film at least 2 nominations (most likely categories include Makeup, Visual Effects, Production Design, Original Song, Original Score and the Sound categories).
2. Joaquin Phoenix scores a nomination
After a now notorious verbal attack against the Oscars (whose effect on his nomination chances has been greatly exaggerated) and numerous reports of voters thinking this performance is just too weird (which hasn't been talked enough in relation to his chances), presumed frontrunner Joaquin Phoenix is now on the outside looking in for the Best Lead Actor race. That is a shame because Phoenix delivered the performance of the year.
3. Beasts of the Southern Wild gets in for Original Score
One of the unsung cinematic achievements of the year is Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin's fantastic score for Beasts of the Southern Wild. It would be a shame to see this miss out to the same boring nominees from the precursor circuit. It also gives voters the chance to nominate Zeitlin (a true talent who made a film that I admired more than I loved).
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