2012 Precursor Check-In - The Awards Circuit - By Clayton Davis

2012 Precursor Check-In

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chastain_zeroIf you haven’t had an opportunity or unaware that it exists, our 2012 Precursors Page is up and running, keeping a tally of all the awards being given out throughout the season.

Take a look at the leaders below:

  • Zero Dark Thirty has won 9 awards for Best Picture including National Board of Review and New York Film Critics.  Argo has won 4 awards.
  • Kathryn Bigelow has won 10 Directing awards with Ben Affleck behind with 4.
  • Daniel Day-Lewis has pummeled the competition with 14 awards for Lead Actor with Joaquin Phoenix behind with 4 and Bradley Cooper with 3.
  • Jessica Chastain has won 8 awards with Jennifer Lawrence close with 7 in a battle that will likely stay close until the Oscar ceremony.
  • Tommy Lee Jones had won a good share of the Supporting Actor awards with 6.  Philip Seymour Hoffman is keeping up well with 5 awards under his belt and Christoph Waltz with 4.
  • Anne Hathaway has won a large amount of Supporting Actress mentions with 10 in total.
  • Tony Kushner has won 6 awards for Lincoln in Screenplay.
  • In a surprise awareness, I haven’t noticed ParaNorman has won 9 Animated Feature awards with Frankenweenie winning 4.

We’re due for many more awards over the next couple of weeks including the Critics Choice, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.  There are notable performers, directors, and films that haven’t received a mention yet.

  • J.A. Bayona’s The Impossible is thought to be a serious threat to show up as a potential Best Picture nominee but has received no mentions as a Picture nominee thus far.
  • Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land hasn’t received a Picture nomination but what’s more damaging, a Screenplay citation hasn’t come to fruition either.
  • Brad Pitt and the entire crew of Killing Them Softly has been ignored all year.  Pitt was passed over for Richard Gere at the Golden Globes.
  • One of the sad absences this season is Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena for their powerful turns in End of Watch.  David Ayer’s screenplay is also nowhere in sight.
  • With Denzel Washington on the bubble for Flight, co-star Kelly Reilly hasn’t popped anywhere with the exception of a Hollywood Spotlight Award.
  • I’m hoping for at least one mention throughout the year for Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart for their terrific performances in On the Road.

What are you hoping for during the season, given your choices have no shot at Oscar nominations?

Clayton Davis (1574 Posts)

Clayton Davis is the respected and esteemed AwardsCircuit.com editor. 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 Movie 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.

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  • UBourgeois

    Pity for no mentions for End of Watch! One of the most pleasant surprises of the year.

  • JamDenTel

    I think this is a pretty good sign–along with early reviews that are mixed at best–that Promised Land is going to come and go without making much impact.

    The Impossible, outside of Naomi Watts and maybe some technical noms, is probably not going to make much impact either. I never thought it would get a Best Picture nomination (although a total left-field nomination isn’t impossible–wow, typed that without realizing what I’d done), and this does not bode well.

  • Roberto Hevia

    I’m really waiting a nomination to Rian Johnson for the Looper’s Screenplay.

    • UBourgeois

      He’s won like 6…

  • Massimo

    Nice to see ParaNorman with the most wins for animated feature.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BombPopCaper Ethan Wasdovitch

    Thanks for the coverage! I’d be lost without this site!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26801810 Clayton Davis

      Your welcome. And thank you for visiting on a regular basis