Best Picture Overview

The Academy Awards nominees for Best Picture of 2012 include the following Hollywood blockbusters. The nominees are, “ Lincoln “, “Argo”, “Zero Dark Thirty”, “Silver Linings Playbook”, and “Les Miserables”. These five legendary pictures will vie for top honors at the 85th annual Academy Awards, which are set to premiere on national television on February 24, 2013. Anticipation for one of these industry lauded films to claim the top prize is rampant, and plenty of speculation is rife in the air. It’s hard to predict which of these worthy contenders will walk away with the Oscar, since the Academy is notoriously (and naturally) tight lipped when it comes to issuing predictions.

Still, it isn’t too hard to see that films which contain prize winning directors and screen writers are the ones which routinely come away with the Oscar. “Lincoln”, which was directed by legendary Hollywood mainstay Steven Spielberg (“E.T.”, “Jaws”, etc.), and written by Tony Kushner (“Angels In America”), would seem to be the leading contender to mop up huge at the Oscars. The film garnered rave reviews and blockbuster box office receipts. Containing performances by Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones only adds to its already considerable potential to make a huge sweep at the ceremony. At the very least, “Lincoln” is a strong contender for top honors.

The other four films also have an at least outside shot at claiming this year’s Academy Award. “Les Miserables” was a huge late breaking hit, and contained plenty of box office firepower in the form of such great stars as Hugh Jackman (“X-Men”) and Sacha Baron Cohen (“Borat”, “The Dictator”, “Da Ali G Show”, “Sweeney Todd”). “Zero Dark Thrity” was a topical blockbuster which chronicled the painstaking efforts to locate and terminate notorious terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden. Meanwhile, “Argo” and “Silver Linings Playbook” also command legions of adoring fans who will press hard for their favorites. The nominations for Best Picture therefore present a tight race.