Lists by TroyeEvans
I think I can almost assure you now that these two will certainly compete in the 2013 Oscar, and aside from the almost guaranteed technical award nods, quite possibly they will also compete in the Best Picture race.
We have two relatively young yet incredibly talented directors with us. Peter Jackson scored 3 Oscars in the 2003 Academy Awards for the directorial, writing, and producing work, for his extraordinary product and a classic to remember - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Christopher Nolan, on the other hand, has already received 3 Oscar nominations at 41, and I was totally astonished by his work in 2010's Inception.
They will probably continue their glory for their two coming films, and as I said, their films will probably also be in the Oscar Best Picture race.
For The Hobbit, I believe the reason is simply sufficient if you are aware that all of the previous three installments in The Lord of the Rings series were nominated for Best Picture.
The Dark Knight was considered a possibility for Best Picture back in 2008, but I believe next year its possibility will rise significantly. (Remember back in 2008 when there were only 5 nominees for Best Picture and now there can be 5-10)
It doesn't end here. There is Lincoln, the next Steven Spielberg film coming out next year. People who pay close attention to the Oscar can easily notice that the Academy has a thing for films set in the past and films with historical value, and a film about the sixteenth President of the United States will be most certainly loved by the Academy if nothing major goes wrong, not to mention Spielberg is a veteran and a favorite among the Academy members himself.
I'm not sure whether Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be nominated for his superb performance in 50/50 this year (that seems highly unlikely unfortunately), I'm hoping for him to score his first Best Actor nod in Spielberg's movie. He's going to play Robert Todd Lincoln, the President himself.
Last but the least, we have Les Misérables. It's been long since such a strong musical contender enters the Oscar race, right? I remember Chicago, and I also recall Johnny Deep's cold-blooded character in Sweeny Todd. I'm sure this movie definitely has the potential to be one of the Best Picture nominees. Les Misérables will be directed by Tom Hooper, the recent Oscar-winner for directing The King's Speech. And I'm sure I do not need to mention the amazing ensemble cast for this film.
I'm certain I've failed to cover the entire excitement of cinema in the year of 2012, but for now these are the four films that I think have a very strong chance in next year's Academy Awards.
I guess it's never too early to make Oscar predictions, though it does sound pretty funny that I'm making predictions for next year's Oscar even before the nominee announcement of this year's Oscar contenders.
Anyway, here's what I think.
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Tom Hooper for Les Misérables
Steven Spielberg for Lincoln
Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight Rises
Peter Jackson for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey