Oscar Contenders

Oscar Update: Hollywood Awards, Foreign Oscar Contenders and a Close Look at the Awards Schedule Shake-Up

We're up to 33 foreign language Oscar submissions

Oscar UpdateThis morning I received a press release announcing a selection of the upcoming award recipients at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, an award show that prides itself on being "the first stop of the awards season" says Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive director. I mention this in case you were wondering what the motivation here is as de Abreu touts the "85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards" over the course of the last nine years in the same release.

This year's recipients include Anna Karenina and Les Miserables producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner receiving the Hollywood Producers Award, Judd Apatow will receive the Hollywood Comedy Award, John Hawkes will receive the Hollywood Breakout Performance Award for his role in The Sessions and Quvenzhané Wallis will receive the New Hollywood Award for Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Other honorees include cinematographer Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception), visual effects supervisors Janek Sirrs and Jeff White (The Avengers), director Peter Ramsey's Rise of the Guardians will be honored with the Hollywood Animation Award and additional honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.

2013 Oscar Foreign Language contenders Amour and IntouchablesNext, if you haven't been paying attention to my updating list of Foreign Language Oscar Contenders it is now up to 33 contenders with the likes of Austria's submission of Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner Amour and France's recent submission of Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache's The Intouchables. Check out the full list here.

I update that list as often as possible as we head toward the announcement of the Oscar nominations and the shortlist of Foreign Language contenders, which should be announced some time around the 3rd or 4th of January. Speaking of dates...

After yesterday's announcement of the key Oscar dates, I've added the Oscar voting start and end dates to the Awards Calendar, and it paints an interesting picture in terms of what will and what won't potentially affect the upcoming Oscars.

First we see Oscar nomination voting begins on December 17, a few days after the announcements of the Screen Actors Guild nominations (12/12) and Golden Globe nominations (12/13). The Oscar nomination voting period ends, however, on January 3, the same day the nominations are announced for the Writers, Art Directors and Producers Guild and five days before the Directors Guild announces their nominees. While we may still use the information from these guild nominations to help us predict who may or may not be nominated, the moving of the Oscar nomination announcement up five days is already having an effect.

Voters won't see the results of these nominations in case they would like a little nudge in the right direction and it may prove to make for a few fascinating results in the process and potentially an unexpected nominee or two.

On Thursday, January 10, 2013 the 2013 Oscar nominations will be announced, a date that may seem innocent enough, but its effect on the Golden Globe Awards that coming Sunday, January 13, will be interesting. Deadline's Pete Hammond speculates on the effect, wondering if the attention paid to the Oscar noms will overshadow the Globes, which traditionally air before the nominations are announced, but he also brings up another good point, where will the Critics Choice Awards play out?

The Critics Choice Awards have yet to announce a date and last year they played the Friday before the Globes. Will they want to air the show only a day after the Oscar nominations? I'm a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and have an email out to the leadership to see if there are any plans in place yet, but have yet to hear back. If I had to make an assumption, they'll be looking at Friday, January 18, an open weekend at the moment where they could have the spotlight all to themselves, but I know the org has always enjoyed playing before the Globes, which may make the decision a bit interesting considering playing the weekend before would be impossible with virtually all of Hollywood on vacation.

Otherwise, the rest of the schedule plays out as previously planned with the Oscars landing on Sunday, February 24.

I'm still waiting to hear when the Los Angeles and New York Film Critics plan on making their announcements along with the National Board of Review, Visual Effects Society and American Society of Cinematographers, but you can check out my full Awards Season Calendar right here and I'll add those dates once they are announced.

That does it for this update, but remember I'll begin posting my Oscar predictions on Monday, September 24. Until then you can check out all of my Oscar coverage in The Contenders section of the site right here.

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