The Guardian have recently released their predictions for the 2013 Academy Awards and among the films tipped for success are Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained', the film adaption of stage classic 'Les Miserables', 'The Master', 'Life of Pi' and Steven Spielberg's biopic 'Lincoln'. While the majority of these would be nominations have yet to even see public release, their reception at film festivals and advanced screenings has given an idea to critics early on about what to expect.
So let's take a short look at what these contenders are about and when you can see them in theaters.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson.
Release Date: 18 January 2013
This spaghetti Western comes from the mind of visionary director Quentin Tarantino and as such, the hype surrounding it was to be expected. His latest since the success of 2009's Inglorious Basterds, Django will be set in the Deep South and see Jamie Foxx play the title role as a freed slave who must travel across America with German dentist turned bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Waltz). As well as being tipped for Best Picture, Foxx is seen as a dark horse for Best Actor while Tarantino could also find himself nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Helena Botham Carter.
Release Date: 11 January 2013
This ensemble cast will be hotly tipped to land awards and it's no surprise given the weight of acting talent at director Tom Hooper's service. The film adaption of critically acclaimed muscial 'Les Miserables' tells the story of an escaped prisoner who becomes mayor of a French town. Expect Crowe to be in with a shout for Best Actor, while Hathaway and Hathaway is a favourite for Best Actress.
Director: P.T Anderson
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Pheonix, Amy Adams
Release Date: 2 November 2012
This is the sixth release from director Paul Thomas Anderson, a favourite at Heavy Metal Mouth for his work on epic masterpiece 'Magnolia' as well as porn drama 'Boogie Nights'. He also directed 'There Will Be Blood', a huge success with the Academy, earning 8 nominations in 2009. More will be expected this time as Anderson has already picked up awards at numerous festivals for The Master, which is said to be inspired by Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard. While the film has already been released in the US to critical acclaim, we'll have to wait until early November to see it.
Life of Pi
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Shuraj Sharma
Release Date: 21 November 2012
Ang Lee is no stranger to the Academy, having taken Best Director in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain, and his adaption of popular children's novel Life of Pi will be tipped for glory. The film boasts an entirely international cast and no names of note, but with Lee acting as the driving machine behind it all, Life of Pi is sure to be a success both critically and at the box office. Lee should find himself picking up nominations for Best Director again, and possibly Best Adapted Screenplay.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Field, Joesph Gordon Levitt
Release Date: 16 November 2012
Two time winner for Best Director ('Schindler's List', 'Saving Private Ryan') Spielberg films are an Oscar favourite and Lincoln is expected to be no different as Daniel Day Lewis leads an exciting cast in a biopic charting the life of America' most famous President. An Oscar for Gordon Levitt would be the best possible way to end a year that's seen him dominate the box office with hits such as The Dark Knight Rises and Looper, while Day Lewis will be looking to build on his Best Actor award for 'There Will Be Blood' in 2009.
Aside from the obvious contenders, others such as Ben Affleck's 'Argo', 'Silver Linings Playbook' starring Robert De Niro, and somewhat surprisingly 'Killing Them Softly' are expected to be featured among the nominations when they are announced in January. Stick with Heavy Metal Mouth for reviews and news as we approach Oscar season.
To read the Guardian article and their tips in full, go to http://m.guardiannews.com/film/filmblog/2012/sep/21/oscars-watch-2013-academy-award-nominees?cat=film&type=article