Sure, we're already counting up the best books of the year, but the other great thing about the end-of-the-year round-up is awards show season! We will always prize good books, but there's something about watching pretty people award other pretty people on television that we can't resist. (I mostly kid. The movies are also worth honoring). With the nominations for the upcoming Golden Globes arriving imminently, many of us Academy Awards devotees are already wondering: which movies will get the Oscars nod this year?
Well, luckily for us, some movie buffs have already declared their predictions. IndieWire's top five includes Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, Les Miserables, and Silver Linings Playbook. They also give good chances to Life of Pi, Amour, and Beasts of the Southern Wild. Awards Circuit throws The Master into the mix. Both sites predict Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), John Hawkes (The Sessions), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Denzel Washington (Flight), and Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) for Best Actor, and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone), and Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) for Best Actress. IndieWire also likes Naomi Watts for The Impossible, and Awards Circuit likes Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild.
If this humble Naperville librarian could cast a ballot, I would vote for Life of Pi, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Jennifer Lawrence. Life of Pi is a stunning movie inspired by an equally stunning book. Sophisticated themes of storytelling and personal faith unfold in gorgeous-but-quirky cinematography and solid acting. You will never care more about a grumpy tiger in your life. As for Daniel Day-Lewis, how much do I have to say? He's stellar in Lincoln, as always. He disappears from acting for years at a time until the Right Role comes along, and then it's like he disappears again right into that role. He's mesmerizing. If I were an actor, I'd probably be unsure whether to admire him or hate him. Jennifer Lawrence, finally, defies her youth with the maturity in her acting. Her portrayal of "crazy" Tiffany gives a comedic and sensitive personality to bipolar disorder.
Celebrate all of these artists and more at the Naperville Public Library! Watch out for new releases on DVD and Blu-Ray, and even catch some of them on the big screen for FREE at all three Library locations. The next show at 95th Street Library is Prometheus on Sunday, January 13!