So...Les Mis. There's been quite a lot of awards talk for Hooper's version this year. Since this is probably the only opportunity we have for a thread like this, and it might be fun to speculate/celebrate wins or rant about losses...here's to any discussion about the musical movie Les Misérables and the complicated crazy maze that calls itself awards!
So, I was originally guessing a few of the big English-language awards ceremonies that Les Mis would have a chance at would be the Academy Awards, the BAFTA awards, the Golden Globes, the Screen Actor's Guild Awards, and the European Film Awards. As of now, it's already fared pretty well at the Globes, been well nominated for the SAG, BAFTA, and Academy Awards, and actually hasn't received a single nomination for the Eurpoean Film Awards, so who knows?
But it's fun to speculate, and while I don't think it will sweep, it has a good chance of holding it's own in the others, as much of a fight as that might be.
The Golden Globes took place on the 13th of January, and Les Mis won Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy (Hugh Jackman), and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical or Comedy (Anne Hathaway). It was also nominated for Best Original Song, but lost to Adele for Skyfall. It had an advantage being put with all the comedies, perhaps an unfair one. People don't think of musicals nowadays as being depressing emotional volcanoes, but hey, maybe this will bring back a bit of their darker/deeper sides.
From what I can tell, the Academy Awards (Oscars) air on Sunday, February 24, 2013 (USA Eastern Standard Time). Nominations voting began Monday, December 17, and closed Thursday, January 3, with the nominations announced on Thursday, January 10; this was a fair amount of time, in my opinion, for the voters to see Les Mis, and it scored eight nominations-- a good count, I suppose, but not in the face of Life of Pi, Lincoln, SIlver Linings Playbook, etc, who snagged about eleven. (Les Mis has Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Song, Production Design, Sound Mixing, Best Picture, Best Actor [Jackman], and Best Supporting Actress [Hathaway]). Tom Hooper was completely neglected all over for any Best Director nominations, and Les Mis didn't even get a cinematography nomination or a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, two things which vastly surprise me, considering that the cinematography was different and bold, being done in close-ups, and doing something different is not only what the Academy likes to nominate >coughTheArtistcough<
, but what, in this case, should be nominated as well. Also, for the latter, I feel as if Les Mis' screenplay pretty much sums up and is the essence of what an adapted screenplay embodies. I'm therefore very surprised that it didn't get even a nomination, which looks more like bias at this point, because really, if you look at it, it is the very heart of an adapted screenplay, the purpose, the product, the research, everything. Somehow, because of these omissions, I don't think that it will win Best Picture, because it usually seems as if the movies that do either sweep or have the potential to sweep the entire ceremonies, and Les Mis wasn't given enough room to play.
Les Mis would qualify for nearly all of the categories, however slim the chance it may have had for many, except Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Foreign Language Film, Documentary, Animated, etc. But all the big ones. So, theoretically, it was possible for Les Mis to be nominated for around sixteen awards, and though I think it's good and just that that didn't happen, half is a fair amount. Not bad. Not great. Just kind of...eh, compared to some others.
The BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Awards) nominations were announced on Wednesday, 9 January. Voting closes the 6th of February, and the awards themselves take place Sunday, 10 January. Les Mis has nine nominations: Make-up and Hair, Cinematography, Costume Design, Outstanding British Film, Film, Production Design, Sound, Leading Actor (Jackman), and Supporting Actress (Hathaway). It still got snubbed for Adapted Screenplay (maybe there's something in the rules I've forgotten?) and Director, here, but it did at least get it's Cinematography nomination. These should be interesting to watch.
The SAG (Screen Actor's Guild) Awards nominations voting took place in early December (with screenings + Q&A for the committee Thanksgiving weekend and since in LA and New York-- the earliest anyone got it, really), and the nominations were announced on Wednesday, December 12th. Voting closes on Friday, the 25th of January-- very soon, and the awards themselves take place Sunday, the 27th of January. Hugh is nominated for Best Actor, and Anne for Best Supporting Actress, as well as Best Ensemble Cast and, interestingly enough, Best Stunt Ensemble (along with Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, Amazing Spiderman, and The Bourne Legacy), a fact to which I point who claims that "musicals are lame and boring, and they dance!"
Anne has been nominated for an Oscar once before (for Rachael Getting Married), but lost. It's also her third SAG nomination, her first BAFTA nomination, and her first Globe win. This is Hugh's first Oscar nomination, his first BAFTA nomination, his first SAG nomination, and his first Globe win (though he was nominated once before, for Kate and Leopold). Hooper probably missed out because his win from The King's Speech is still so fresh, and there was a lot of controversy at the time over whether it or The Social Network deserved to win, a fact some are still bitter over. Also, Les Mis was done with clear stylistic choices, some of which either didn't resonate with or grated upon a large number of people.
So, do you have any ideas? Other ceremonies to add? Guesses at who will win, or why? Whether it wins or loses, it's quite a fun game, and I'm sort of proud it made it this far.
Do you hear the people sing...