The Best Director category is the most puzzling race in years. The category is usually settled once the Directors Guild of America hands out their award. However this year Ben Affleck who won the esteemed prize was not nominated for the Academy Award. It marked the sixth time that a director won the DGA but did not win the Oscar. The last time a director won the DGA without being nominated for the Oscar was in 1995 when Ron Howard won for his film "Apollo 13." Recent Oscar winners are Michel Hazanavicius, Tom Hooper, Kathryn Bigelow, Danny Boyle, and Joel and Ethan Cohen.
On Monday, the who's who of Hollywood film stepped onto the red carpet for the pre-Oscars luncheon at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles. Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, and Bradley Cooper were among the 160 nominees in attendance.
The Academy Awards have always favored extravagance and opulence when it comes to the Best Costume Design category.
Ben Affleck is enjoying the finest year of his career. The director of the award winning "Argo" was awarded the Critics Choice Award for Best Director and Best Picture and he has a solid chance of winning the second Oscar in his career this February. However, the director does not seem intent on stopping to enjoy the success; he is already set for his next film.
The Academy Award nominations were announced on Thursday Jan. 10.
Like most years, the Best Picture race has been narrowed down to a few films. The only main issue that remains to be seen is how many the Academy ultimately chooses to nominate as they can pick anywhere from five to 10 films.
The directors Guild of America have unveiled their five best director nominees. Ben Affleck, Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Ang Lee and Tom Hooper were touted as the best directors of the year.
On January 5th, the Houston and the Internet Film Critics chose "Argo" as the Best film of the year.
The National Society of Film Critics has unveiled their film awards and have given Austrian film "Amour" the best film award.
The Best Director race at the Oscars is always among the more intriguing ones.
The five directors picked by the Golden Globes correspond with the five best drama films. It is easy to assume that the winner here also predicts the best picture winner, but that is not necessarily the case. Though the Hollywood Foreign Press usually picks the film and director in tandem, this year's race is so tight and a split may be inevitable.
"Zero Dark Thirty" continued to make its case as the front-runner of 2012 Best Picture.
The Best Actor race is one of the least suspenseful races at the moment with few actors actually competing for the five Academy Award slots. However, there is the potential for some major surprises in this category when the nominations are announced on Jan. 10, 2013.
Most awards recognize great achievements in music from motion pictures. The Golden Globes are no exception and they not only honor the best musical score, but best song as well.
Though the Oscar Nominations are two weeks away, there are a few categories that are still up in the air. Usually awards precursors give prognosticators a strong idea of which films or actors will receive nominations for their respective categories but some categories, such as the Best Supporting Actress race, are so full of contenders that limiting them to just five is near impossible. Here is a breakdown of the supporting actress race up to this moment.