Just as I did with the month of November, I bring you a guide for the potential Oscar contenders releasing in December 2012 and the number of films previewed has nearly doubled from seven last month to 13 this month (sorry, it was 14, but We Bought a Zoo got the axe).
Just as I did with the seven titles last month, I'll give you a few thoughts on each film, a look at the Oscar categories (Best Picture, Actor, Actress, etc.) each film has a chance of being nominated in and the trailer and a link to more information on top of that.
Of course, if you want to keep closer tabs on the awards race just keep an eye on my Oscar Contenders section with frequently updated Oscar Predictions, Awards Schedule and my exclusive Oscar Overture section, which tracks a variety of the major precursor awards handed out leading up to the Oscars.
Everything said, if you go see these movies and keep tabs on those sections you should be very well prepared once the 2012 Oscars roll around on Sunday, February 26th.
For now, let's begin with Friday, December 2 and break down the entire month. Enjoy!
When it comes to Oscar the film appears to be facing a sink or swim scenario considering its NC-17 rating as it could very easily find itself competing in all of the major categories just as easily as it could be ignored in all of them. the main thing to take away from it all is that no matter what kind of award attention it enjoys it remains one of the better films of the year.
Potential Oscar Nominations for... Best Picture, Director (McQueen), Actor (Fassbender), Supporting Actor (Mulligan), Cinematography, Original Screenplay
My thoughts on the film aside, it does stand a chance at awards consideration as most have pointed to Vanessa Redgrave's performance in particular. If you ask me, she's fine, as is pretty much everyone else considering this is a film that comes with the sole intention of reading Shakespeare's lines. So, the better the lines, the better the performance because Fiennes has certainly put together a strong cast and his final speech is quite impressive.
Potential Oscar Nominations for... Best Supporting Actress (Redgrave)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Potential Oscar Nominations for... Best Picture, Actor (Oldman), Director (Tomas Alfredson), Art Direction, Cinematography, Score, Adapted Screenplay
We Need to Talk About Kevin
This is an art house horror film through and through. It's visual and visceral and Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller knock it out of the park. Seek it out and give it a watch.
Potential Oscar Nominations for... Best Actress (Swinton), Cinematography
Theron certainly stands a strong chance at a Best Actress nomination and look for Patton Oswalt to also be in the running for supporting actor. This is a very old school film that has been compared to Bob Rafelson's Five Easy Pieces, though I would say Cody has softened the edges on Young Adult ever so slightly, and it should work in the film's favor in getting more people to see it. It's definitely one of the best films of the year, but at the same time a Best Picture nod is going to be tough, but it's not down and out of that race entirely.
Potential Oscar Nominations for... Best Picture, Actress (Theron), Supporting Actor (Oswalt), Director (Jason Reitman), Original Screenplay (Cody), Film Editing