Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wednesday Oscar Watch with Abe

Welcome to the latest edition of a seasonal weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Wednesday Oscar Watch with Abe. It’s a bit early to be able to accurately predict the eventual Oscar nominees, but around this time, plenty of likely contenders are being released. I’ll be looking every Wednesday at the awards chances for all of the films released the previous week. Additionally, to make up for lost time, I’ll also be taking a look at the films released earlier in the year, one month at a time. Chime in with your thoughts on the Oscar chances for these films in the comments section. Also, if I’ve missed any films from the previous months, please say so!

Films released November 15th, 2013

Nebraska: I haven’t yet seen this film, but the word is that Bruce Dern is a serious contender for Best Actor. The film comes from director Alexander Payne, who has a great track record with Oscar, with even his less honored films, “Election” and “About Schmidt,” still earning Oscar love, and his bigger hits, “Sideways” and “The Descendants,” netting Best Picture nominations. This film might be more likely to be relegated to its lead actor and its screenplay being recognized, but I’ll have more to say after I have the chance to see it.

Films released September 2013

Enough Said (September 18)
This charming comedy from director Nicole Holofcener seems a good bet for Golden Globe recognition. That will probably be it for lead actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but her costar, the late James Gandolfini, has a strong shot at earning a posthumous nomination for his performance in the supporting actor category. It would be nice to see its screenplay honored as well, but I’m not sure that’s likely.

Don Jon (September 27)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is doing well for himself these days, and his feature directorial debut will probably earn him a third Golden Globe nomination for acting. If the film goes over well with Oscar voters, it might have a slight chance at some love in minor categories, and it’s going to provide a boost for another Globe-honored, Oscar-snubbed performer: Scarlett Johansson, who might also be in the running for “Her.”

Rush (September 27)
Ron Howard has made two movies that have earned Oscar love: 2001’s Best Picture winner “A Beautiful Mind” and 2008’s “Frost/Nixon.” This grand story of two racers could put him back in the running a third time because it’s easy to like, and stars Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl might also have a shot at nominations for their focused and compelling performances. This should be a lock for Best Cinematography, and a few other technical nominations are probable too.

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