Best pic­ture? It’s any­one’s guess this Os­car sea­son

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - REELNEWS NEWS -

It’s of­fi­cial. This is the cra­zi­est Os­car sea­son in re­cent me­mory. Let’s quickly re­cap.

We have, in this place, al­ready ob­served that, over the past five months, The Master, Sil­ver Lin­ings Playbook, Les Misérables, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo and Lin­coln have all claimed the sta­tus of favourite in the best pic­ture race.

Some sort of endgame seemed to have been achieved when nei­ther Kathryn Bigelow, di­rec­tor of Zero Dark, nor Ben Af­fleck, from the Argo camp, re­ceived nominations for best di­rec­tor.

As you will be sick of hear­ing, no pic­ture has taken the top prize with­out a di­rec­tor nod in more than 20 years. With 12 nominations and its two near­est ri­vals ap­par­ently neutered, Lin­coln looked to have the race all to it­self. A leisurely saunter to­wards the tape was all that was re­quired.

Un­for­tu­nately for Steven Spiel­berg, the Hol­ly­wood com­mu­nity doesn’t seem to have read the script. Over the past two weeks, Argo has won best pic­ture gongs at the Golden Globes, Peo­ple’s Choice and the Pro­ducer’s Guild of Amer­ica. Last week­end it picked up the equiv­a­lent prize – the en­sem­ble award – from the Screen Ac­tors Guild. Those last two prizes are def­i­nitely worth heed­ing. The PGA’s top prize has chimed the Academy’s for the past five years.

At time of writ­ing, most on­line book­ies had pulled

Argo back to the favourite spot. Mind you, the way this year is go­ing, the odds will have changed dra­mat­i­cally in the time it took to read this ar­ti­cle.

Last we checked, you could get 125/1 on Beasts of the South­ern Wild. It’s pos­si­ble.

Beasts of the South­ern Wild: could it beat big guns Argo and Lin­coln to the best pic­ture award?

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