The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences nominated nine films in the best picture category for the 2013 Oscars. Six of them are little more than window dressing.
Legitimately just two films have a shot at winning the coveted golden statuette for best picture. But in the interest of fairness, a third is included.
Argo has won a boatload of best picture nods including from BAFTA (England’s Oscar equivalent), the Golden Globes and the Broadcast Film Critics Association, making it a prohibitive favorite despite the fact that Ben Affleck wasn’t nominated for director.
Most of Lincoln’s awards come from an astounding performance by Daniel Day-Lewis, but by virtue of being a labor of love for director Steven Spielberg and nearly universal acclaim it could sneak in there.
However, many will remember 1998 when Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautiful swept in to claim the prize for best picture and actor. Amour, a small emotionally resonant French film, may have the power to be this year’s dark horse. Movie fans won’t actually know, however, until around midnight Sunday night when the envelope is opened.
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