Blog: News & Views

What a crazy Oscar race! 4 films jockeyed for lead

By Tom O'Neil
By Tom O'Neil
Feb 15 2013 19:11 pm
0
Comments

Usually, the Oscar race for Best Picture involves two films jockeying for the lead -- like "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network" (2010) or "The Hurt Locker" vs. "Avatar" (2009). However, this derby season has been extraordinary -- four films have moved in and out of the front position six times.

"Silver Linings Playbook" initially broke out of the pack at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September, then "Les Miserables" leapt ahead in mid-October after word spread that audiences went wild for it at a secret test screening in Hollywood. A week later, "Argo" opened and quickly grabbed the lead thanks to boffo b.o. and huzzahs from film critics -- and there it remained for more than a month.

RELATED: See latest predictions of 25 top Oscarologists

That is, up until "Les Miserables" was finally shown to Hollywood industry insiders, who greeted it with cheers, tears and loud applause. To the vast crowd who first saw it at Grauman's Chinese Theater in late November, "Les Miz" seemed to live up to its early promise. Most of Gold Derby's Oscar pundits were in attendance and they rushed home afterward to shove it back into the frontrunner position now that they'd finally seen it.

But that was before the macho bullies emerged and started pummeling "Les Miz" into saw dust. Our Oscarologists abandoned it within three weeks. Then "Lincoln" surged ahead after it snagged the most nominations from the Golden Globes and the Critics' Choice Awards.

"Lincoln" remained in the lead until "Argo" bagged the Golden Globe and Producers' Guild of America Award. It's remained the frontrunner thereafter.
 

SEPT. 9
1. ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
2. ‘Lincoln’
3. ‘Argo’
4. ‘Les Miz’
5. ‘The Master’
 OCT. 15
1. ‘Les Miz’
2. ‘Argo’
3. ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
4. ‘Lincoln’
5. ‘Life of Pi’
OCT. 22
1. ‘Argo’
2. ‘Les Miz’
3. ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
4. ‘Lincoln’
5. ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
 
NOV. 26
1. ‘Les Miz’
2. ‘Argo’
3. ‘Lincoln’
4. ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
5. ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
DEC. 17
1. ‘Lincoln’
2. ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
3. ‘Argo’
4. ‘Les Miz’
5. ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
JAN. 10
1. ‘Lincoln’
2. ‘Argo’
3. ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
4. ‘Les Miz’
5. ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
JAN. 25
1. ‘Argo’
2. ‘Lincoln’
3. ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
4. ‘Life of Pi’
5. ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
FEB. 15
1. ‘Argo’
2. ‘Lincoln’
3. ‘Silver Linings Playbook’
4. ‘Life of Pi’
5. ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ 
 

 

 
Related News
Follow Gold Derby
Click Here

Advertisement

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Hot Links from the Web
Inside Track: Emmy Voting

EXCLUSIVE: See the episodes
submitted to Emmy judges
by actors and TV series

Every actor submits only one sample episode, which will be judged by other actors (ranging from 25 to 75 per category jury) between July 28 and August 14. TV series submit six, which will be split into three pairs to be distributed randomly to about 300 voters. We now have uncovered every single title submitted for the 2014 races. CLICK HERE FOR THE EPISODES

Photo Galleries: Oscars, Emmys, ...
Emmy Nominees: Video Interviews
Subscribe to our free news service

Advertisement