Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 6th 2013 Contents Feinberg says: "One of the things
it has going for it is it s a much more
pleasant movie-going experience than
some of the others, which have very
dark subject matter and put you
through the grinder emotionally."
Another December opener with an
eye on awards season is Martin Scors-
ese s The Wolf of Wall Street, the true
story of disgraced New York stock-
broker Jordan Belfort, played by
December 25, just ahead of the cut-
off date for films to be eligible for
Oscar consideration. With a running
time of 179 minutes, it could be one
of this year s longest best picture con-
Both Scorsese s epic and Saving Mr
Banks are among many of this year s
Oscar hopefuls based on true stories.
Others include 12 Years a Slave, piracy
thriller Captain Phillips and The But-
ler, in which Forest Whitaker plays a
member of the White House domestic
staff during a tumultuous period of
American civil rights history.
"The academy has always respond-
ed particularly well to movies that are
about something that has real-world
significance," says Feinberg. "That s
why it has almost never recognised
comedies or fantasy movies, and that
could be something that plays to the
disadvantage of Gravity."
Higgins, meanwhile, expects Gravity
to do well in the visual effects cat-
egories, and wonders if 12 Years a
Slave means "this could be the Oscars
where America comes to terms with
its history of slavery".
He also predicts that Hanks will be
double nominated for best actor, in
Captain Phillips, and supporting actor,
in Saving Mr Banks.
Another strong contender for best
actor is Robert Redford, for his almost
wordless performance in All is Lost,
JC Chandor s story of a sailor adrift
in the Indian Ocean after his boat col-
lides with a shipping container. "It s
a kind of Gravity in the sea - it s very
claustrophobic," says Higgins.
"This is such a strong field. Another
year All is Lost might have won best
picture and this year it may not even
make the shortlist."
There is a question over whether
Scarlett Johansson could get a best
supporting actress nomination for
Spike Jonze s Her, in which she voices
a computer operating system but is
never seen on screen.
She received the best actress award
at the Rome Film Festival, but has
been deemed ineligible for the Golden
Globe Awards, which announces its
nominations on 12 December.
Feinberg says: "Clearly she s emot-
ing as much as anybody, but because
she s not giving a conventional per-
formance the [Oscar voters] are going
to have some reservations about nom-
"I think her best shot was with the
Globes because they respond to big
name movie stars, so the fact they
are not going to include her makes it
seem like an even more far-out con-
cept for the academy."
Feinberg has an impressive track
record of forecasting the Oscars---in
2006 and 2013 he called 21 of 24 win-
But he cautions about attempting
to name Oscar winners with three
months to go.
"The more you say something is a
slam dunk, the more resistance there
is from people in the academy who
don t want to be told how to vote.
"So there may be a pushback
against 12 Years a Slave or Gravity. I
would not be very surprised if another
movie gained momentum over the
coming months and made a big push."
Friday, December 6, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Gravity star Sandra Bullock is also hotly tipped to win a best actress nomination and the movie is also
expected to make the best picture shortlist.
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Saving Mr Banks
Oscar best picture
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street
Saving Mr Banks
Lee Daniels' The Butler
Inside Llewyn Davis
Dallas Buyers Club
The 86th Academy
Awards, hosted by Ellen
DeGeneres, take place on
March 2 2014, with
nominations announced on
January 16 2014.
'The academy has always responded
particularly well to movies that are about
something that has real-world significance.'
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