Hustlers, Accountants and Astronauts, Oh My!

The 2013 movie season has drawn to a close, and thus the awards season is in full swing. The time has come to reap the crop of last year’s movies and separate the wheat from the chaff. It’s been an interesting year— with movies spanning the gamut from box office giants like “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” that topped the domestic charts at just shy of $418 million, to smaller Indie productions like “Nebraska” that went largely unnoticed. But now they are all bound together under the keen scrutiny of critics as the Golden Globes and Academy Awards attempt to determine the absolute best of cinema in 2013. With the Golden Globes already over and the Oscar nominations recently announced, I have compiled a short list of the biggest hitters so far. If you want to see some of the greatest movies of last year, this list is a must.

“Twelve Years a Slave”: 1 Award, 15 Nominations

Golden Globes:

  • 1 Award- Best Motion Picture (Drama)
  • 6 Nominations, including Best Actor in Drama (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o)

Oscars:

  • 9 Nominations, including Best Picture and Actor in a Leading Role (Chiwetel Ejiofor)

“American Hustle”: 3 Awards, 13 Nominations

Golden Globes:

  • 3 Awards, including Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) and Best Actress in Comedy or Musical (Amy Adams)
  • 4 Nominations, including Best Actor in Comedy or Musical (Christian Bale) and Best Supporting Actor (Bradley Cooper)

Oscars:

  • 9 Nominations, including Best Picture, Actor (Christian Bale) and Actress (Adams) in a Leading Role
  • “The Wolf of Wall Street”: 1 Award, 6 Nominations

Golden Globes:

  • 1 Award- Best Actor in a leading role (Leonardo DiCaprio)
  • 1 Nomination- Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)

Oscars:

  • 5 Nominations, including Best Picture and Actor in both Leading (DiCaprio) and Supporting (Jonah Hill) Roles

“Gravity”: 1 Award, 13 Nominations

Golden Globes:

  • 1 Award- Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron)
  • 3 Nominations, including Best Motion Picture, Drama

Oscars:

  • 10 Nominations, including Best Picture and Actress in a Leading Role (Sandra Bullock)

“Dallas Buyer’s Club”: 2 Awards, 6 Nominations

Golden Globes:

  • 2 Awards- Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (Matthew McConaughey) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jared Leto)
  • No other Nominations

Oscars:

  • 6 Nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor in both Leading and Supporting Roles

Some other movies worth noting this year on the ballots are: “Philomena,” “Nebraska,” “Her” and “August: Osage County.” Of course there are many other fantastic movies that have been nominated or awarded, but in the interest of brevity I have not listed them all here. The full list of nominations and awards can be found at goldenglobes.com and oscar.go.com, respectively. It will be interesting to see how the Oscars will play out. Will the big budgets and big-names come out on top, or will some of the smaller productions claim their dues? Will DiCaprio finally win an Academy Award? All questions will be answered when the Oscars air on March 2. Until then “American Hustle”, “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “August: Osage County” at the Regal Gallatin Valley 11, so get caught up!