It’s been a particularly good year for films. Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Miserables, Beasts of The Southern Wild, Life of Pi, Argo, and Amour are up for best picture, but only one will leave the big dance with Oscar gold. Here’s my take on the three best films of the year, and who’s most likely to win Best Picture.
Zero Dark Thirty
This is a fantastic movie, and one that has lots of people rooting for it. I have it as my seventh best of the year, but it has many supporters thinking its number one. CIA agent Maya (Jessica Chastain) is given the difficult task of hunting down Osama Bin Laden, and the chase consumes her. She spends years tracking the terrorist down, and although we know how it ends, it’s entertaining all the way to the end. There are some excellent supporting performances given by Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, and James Gandolfini. I really enjoyed the film, and there are some real possibilities in the Oscar race, namely Best Picture and Best Actress. 4.5/5 stars.
If you’re a cinema lover, Lincoln is for you. Of course if you’re not into history and don’t enjoy long, drawn out conversations (most high-schoolers) this is not for you. Daniel Day Lewis gives the performance of his life as the 16th president. Rather than giving a life portrait, Steven Spielberg instead chooses to focus on the passing of the 13th amendment. We spend lots of time in the backrooms of Washington D.C. watching the P.O.T.U.S. work with several congressmen to get the vote passed. Oscar voters love historical dramas, and one that has as great of a performance as Day Lewis will receive votes. Lots of them. Adapted Screenplay is a major possibility, and Day Lewis for Best Actor is as close to a lock as you can get. Steven Spielberg is the front runner for Director, and Lincoln itself is for Best Picture. 5/5 stars.