2012 Oscar Predictions

The road to the Oscars is a long and arduous slog of frantic campaigning, free lunches and endless speculation as to whom and what will win the highest accolade the film industry has to offer.  Although the 84th Academy Awards ceremony isn't held until February 26th 2012, the buzz surrounding which films are likely to be nominated or win an Oscar began at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals in September.


Venice and Toronto are well known for screening Oscar contenders, but it's the little heard of Telluride Film Festival, held in the Colorado mountains over Labour Day weekend, that has historically been the first festival to screen hot Oscar bait: The King's Speech and Slumdog Millionaire debuted there.  This year, Telluride screened George Clooney's The Descendants, Lynne Ramsey's We Need To Talk About Kevin, Steve McQueen's Shame and Glenn Close's Albert Nobbs, automatically pushing them to the top of the likely Oscar nominations lists that will be published in the next few months.


The awards season officially kicked off October 20th with the announcement of the nominations for the Gotham Awards.  The Descendants and Martha Marcy May Marlene are leading the way with three nominations each.  As the winners of the other important ceremonies, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs start to trickle in, previous speculation will evaporate like hot air.  That doesn't stop it being fun guessing who will win and even having a flutter if you're so inclined.



Read the rest of The Golden Race, in our November 2011 issue.  Out now!

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