Film director/producer Cecil B. DeMille once said, “I win my awards at the box office.” Ironic words coming from a founder of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as Oscar winner in 1953 for both the Irving Thalberg award and The Best Picture Oscar for The Greatest Show on Earth. It’s been 60 years since his win, with a long list of Oscar hopefuls and winners following in his memorable path.
In honor of those starry contenders competing outside the box office, I’ll be recognizing this year’s Academy Award winner wannabe’s every Wednesday, starting with the nominees for Best Picture. An eclectic group of stories was told in 2012, but which was the most Oscar worthy?
Will the dedicated but doomed Lincoln outlive the seaworthy Life of Pi? Is Les Miserables more miserable and darker than the stalwart Zero Dark Thirty crew? Can the sentimental Amour out love the political Argo? In between dealing with movie-manufactured chaos, have the Beasts of the Southern Wild taken the time to read the entertaining Silver Linings Playbook (and have they learned that love, in all its dysfunctional glory, trumps natural disasters?) Finally, will Django Unchained release voters from their contribution in Hollywood’s ultimate election?
Tune in February 24th for these answers and more and check back here next Wednesday for a peek at Oscar’s illustrious actor nominees.
From seaside days to starry movie nights, hope your week is award winning…