As the weather cools and the sun sets earlier and earlier, it can only mean one thing: the start of movie awards season. Most of the films that end up garnering nominations come out in the next couple of months. And one very likely candidate is already out. Here are a few select picks from me on what films I think could be nominated for the gold come February. Argo: Ben Affleck has become one heck of a director. "Gone, Baby, Gone" and "The Town" were both slow burn thrillers that had you on the edge of your seat. With "Argo" he takes a little known true story depicting the CIA rescue of six Americans in 1980's Iran via a fake movie concept and turns it into potential awards gold.
Anna Karenina: I've never read Tolstoy's classic but Keira Knightley has a way of getting nomiations when she does a costume drama. Here she plays a 19th Century Russian aristocrat who enters into a life-changing affair with a Count. If anything, the costumes and backdrop are sure to garner some attention.
Les Miserables: I confess that when I heard they were turning this beloved book and Broadway musical into a movie, I had my doubts. But after seeing the stunning trailer, I will certainly be in attendance come December. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway headline and sing - rather impressively, I might add - in this story of love, revenge and freedom during 19th century France.
Promised Land: Matt Damon re-teams with his "Good Will Hunting" director, Gus Van Sant in this story that's sure to push buttons about corporate downsizing, drilling and jobs. Good thing it comes out after the election!
Lincoln: Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis. 'Nuff said. Ok, a bit more about the 16th President. This film tells the little-known story of his fight to abolish slavery. Yeah, this might have just a few things the Academy loves to reward.
What films do you think might get nominated?