If I sound like a person who disrespects the impact of the Globes, that's because I am. The Globes mean nothing ever, especially in 2012, with the Oscar nominations being announced before the HFPA hand out their trophies.
Zero Dark Thirty is a fantastic achievement. It's powered by Jessica Chastain's terrific performance and absolutely becomes the definitive take on its subject. It's a cracking thriller, a mournful drama, and a thoughtful meditation on the costs of violence.
One last Argo vs. Lincoln vs. Les Miserables note: Can we imagine a scenario where one of them wins Best Picture and another wins Best Director? Like Les Miserables and Ben Affleck, or Argo and Steven Spielberg?
Which pony is really ahead in the Oscar Best Picture race? Silver Linings Playbook took the lead in early September at the Toronto Film Festival, but now Argo is out front, according to the Oscarologists polled by Gold Derby.
Summer is where they roll out all the blockbusters one after another, but some studios are smart and wait until everyone is depressed because of winter and roll a few out. Let's take a look at what we have to enjoy or endure in November and December.
Both Chastain and Lawrence now appear in films with strong Best Picture potential and thus they could benefit from the coattail effect that swept Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love) to past victories.