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2012 Precursor Check-In

What films and performances are in the lead for Oscar…Check out the Precursors Page!

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?

What do you think?

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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