The studios have started activating their “FYC (For Your Consideration)” websites and listing their contenders for each film for the 2013 Academy Awards. Some interesting things already happening is Anne Hathaway’s turn in The Dark Knight Rises will be campaigned as a Lead performance by Warner Brothers. The same company will also push Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in Lead categories in Cloud Atlas. As everyone knows, the Weinsteins are the first official company to get out screeners. Many said Richard Linklater’s Bernie was the first but was deemed ineligible as a campaign. The Weinsteins sent out screeners for The Intouchables earlier this week to all Academy members.
I will include the sites that have already gone live with notable commentary for each one.
Michael Haneke’s Amour listed in all its categories including Lead campaigns for Jean-Louis Tringnant and Emmanuelle Riva. Co-star Isabelle Hupert is also listed in Supporting Actress. The film however, is not listed for Foreign Language film. Perhaps just an oversight? or separate campaign for that category?
Jacques Audiard’s Rust & Bone listed in its respective categories including Best Actress for Marion Cotillard and Best Actor Matthias Schoenaerts.
Documentary hopeful, Searching for Sugar Man listed for not only Documentary Feature but Best Picture, Original Screenplay, and Editing.
West of Memphis, which received great reviews out of TIFF, is listed in Documentary along Director for Amy Berg, and Original Screenplay. The film is also scored by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and has an Original Song, “Anything Made of Paper.”
James Ponsoldt’s Smashed has a campaign for Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Lead Actress. Aaron Paul is also listed under Lead Actor. No score or original songs coming from the film.
Celeste & Jesse Forever has Rashida Jones competing in Lead Actress and Original Screenplay with co-writer Will McCormack. The film also has the original song, “No Other Plans.”
The link for Woody Allen’s To Rome, with Love is broken (for now).
The Dark Knight Rises gets its respective categories listed. Anne Hathaway who plays Selina Kyle is being pushed Lead in an awards season surprise. Maybe to prevent a split with her performance in Les Miserables?
Argo has all the expected suspects listed including Ben Affleck in Director, Lead Actor, and a Producing Credit. Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman are all listed in Supporting Actor.
Cloud Atlas has its three directors listed, Andy and Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer, who are producers as well. Tom Hanks will be pushed Lead Actor with Halle Berry going for Lead Actress. Tom Tykwer shares an Original Score campaign with Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil. A little funny thing is there are seven actors listed in Supporting Actor and only three women in Supporting Actress (Susan Sarandon, Doona Bae, and Zhou Xun).
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has screenings listed (first is on 12/14 in NYC) but only 3 categories so far listed for Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay. I’m sure there are more to come.
The only film listed is Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. The only notable thing is they only list Tommy Lee Jones under the Best Supporting Actors. It’s the easiest get for sure but they could at least pretend they’re trying for James Spader or David Strathairn.
They have their four horses, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Hitchcock, and The Sessions. They don’t usually list their categories but they have their screening schedules up. Looks like I see Hitchcock on 11/8 with a Q&A. YES!
Clayton Davis started to write professionally in his sophomore year of college when Johnny Alba, the editor and owner of the old Oscar prediction site, The Oscar Igloo, had an opening for staff writers. Clayton wrote for The Igloo for nearly four years before being appointed editor and revamping and renaming The Oscar Igloo into the now popular mega-site, The Awards Circuit. Since then, Clayton has become a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to awards season show, The Critics Choice Awards. Most recently, Clayton is a now an active member of the International Press Academy, which hosts the popular Satellite Awards as well as the newly integrated Broadcast Television Journalists Association, which hosts the Critics Choice Television Awards. In June 2014 he became the year's first accepted member to New York Film Critics Online. He has been quoted in various outlets (CNN.com, Bloomberg.com, TheWrap.com, AceShowbiz.com, SlashFilm.com, ScottFeinberg.com) and continues to raise the bar for film-talking enthusiasts around the globe.