And so we’re here at last, just days to go before the 86th Academy Awards, and it’s time to submit official predictions. After months of covering this year’s Oscar race in Collider’s awards column Oscar Beat, I feel like I have a pretty solid hold on how some of the categories will play out, while others remain incredibly tough races that are proving rather difficult to predict with any degree of certainty. Nevertheless, my official predictions for Sunday’s ceremony will be split into three separate articles, providing ample room to discuss the reasoning behind each pick as well as providing a possible upset candidate, my personal choice, and who should have landed a nomination but didn’t.
Our coverage begins today with some of the technical categories as well as the awards for Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Foreign Language Film. Hit the jump to take a look, and come back tomorrow for the second installment. The Oscars will air on Sunday, March 2nd on ABC.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences today unveiled its list of the nine films that are eligible for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. The films include Wong Kar-wai’s Hong Kong entry The Grandmaster, the Belgian film The Broken Circle Breakdown, and Denmark’s The Hunt starring Mads Mikkelsen. We already knew that Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color would be deemed ineligible given that it wasn’t released in France until after the theatrical run deadline, but one of the most glaring omissions is A Separation director Asghar Farhadi’s new film The Past. There was some controversy surrounding the pic given that it’s officially Iran’s entry even though the film’s primary spoken language is French.
Also absent is Saudi Arabia’s well-received Wadjda. That film marked the country’s very first entry in the Oscar race, directed by a woman (Haifaa Al-Mansour) no less. Alas, trying to make sense of the Best Foreign Language category year after year, given the Academy’s strict and strange rules, is a fruitless endeavor. Hit the jump to see the full list of contenders.
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced part of its line-up for 2013. The festival will kick off with Bill Condon’s Julian Assange movie, The Fifth Estate, and close with Daniel Schecter’s Jackie Brown prequel, Life of Crime. In between, you have the premieres of Ron Howard’s Rush; Jason Reitman’s Labor Day starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet; Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender; Richard Ayoade’s The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg; David Gordon Green’s Joe starring Nicolas Cage; Atom Egoyan’s West Memphis Three movie Devil’s Knot starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon; the North American premiere of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, and many more. Even the Mike Meyer’s documentary Supermensch that we reported on yesterday will be on hand, so it looks like he’s already completed it. Unfortunately, I’m sure TIFF will front-load their schedule like they always do, so there will be plenty of tough choices, but Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are the must-sees that immediately jump to mind.
Hit the jump for a list of the Galas and Special Presentations. Please note that there are plenty of other categories that will be announced soon including the full Midnight Madness, Documentary, and Masters line-up so stay tuned. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.
We’ve got a few casting stories to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Angelina Jolie will cameo in director Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty.
- Aasif Mandvi joins Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in The Internship.
- Comedians Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo have landed roles in Bridesmaids director Paul Feig’s untitled comedy alongside Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
Hit the jump for more details.