It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Awards Season

As we speak, the annual awards are being announced by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Online. (Kudos to LAFCA: they gave the Best Cinematography award to Roger Deakins for Skyfall.) The British Independent Film Awards will be announced later tonight as well.

While I must admit that I have not yet seen Lincoln and therefore cannot comment on the probable greatness of Daniel Day-Lewis, I am disappointed that The Sessions star John Hawkes has not yet received any major support from the various film critic societies. True, there’s still quite a bit of time left in the season, but it would be nice if the critics could take a break from throwing every single award at two-time Oscar winner DDL and toss a few Hawkes’ way instead. After all, Hawkes deserves it.

The most exciting question during this awards season is not only whether Kathryn Bigelow will be nominated for the Best Director Oscar (highly likely) but whether she can win again. Can you imagine the first female Best Director winner earning the trophy a second time? It would be her second consecutive win! I anxiously await Zero Dark Thirty’s release. Although I have not yet seen The Hurt Locker, I am an avowed fan of Bigelow thanks to the pure-adrenaline awesomeness of Point Break.

The films I am most looking forward to seeing are Lincoln, Amour, Zero Dark Thirty and Les Misérables. They appear to be the films most likely to pick up major awards at the Oscars. (Other interests: Anna Karenina, Rust and Bone, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Impossible, West of Memphis and Quartet.) I’m also planning on seeing Holy Motors on Wednesday or Thursday – just to see where I fall on that film’s love-it-or-hate-it spectrum – and Argo, I suppose sometime later in the week or on the weekend. My small amount of Hanukkah money should be able to fund two upcoming trips to the movies. Really, who could ask for anything more?

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