Homestretch: 2013 Awards season

Peter Imbong
As we round up the awards season, we take a look at the ceremonies we’ll have this week. Prepare for the grand shebang.

MANILA, Philippines – Every January and February of each year, the world’s music and movie lovers come together for the much-anticipated awards season.

As the biggest of them all — the Oscars — draws nearer, we take a look at what else is in store in the awards season’s final two weeks:

February 17 (February 18, Manila time): Writers Guild Awards

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We’ve seen the Hollywood foreign press give their acting awards in the Golden Globes. Then it was the actors’ turn to vote for their colleagues in the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Now it’s time for the writers — without whom the past year’s amazing list of movies would not have seen the light of the theatre projector — to give their own awards in the form of the Writers Guild Awards. As expected, the punctuation mark-lacking “Zero Dark Thirty,” the predictable “Lincoln,” the how-do-you-pronounce-that-title “Life of Pi,” and Ben Affleck’s penance for Gigli “Argo” received writing nominations.

READ: Complete list of 2013 Writers Guild Awards nominees

However, unexpected nominations include the time bending “Looper,” the another-excuse-to-oogle-at-Emma-Watson “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and the underrated “The Master.” 

“Castle’s” Nathan Fillion hosts this year’s awards.

February 23 (February 24, Manila time): Independent Spirit Awards

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There will always be hipsters, and the awards season is not without its fair share.

READ: Complete list of 2013 Independent Spirit Awards nominees

The annual Spirit Awards focuse exclusively on those low-budget and independently-produced films. In fact, one of their guidelines is that for a movie to qualify, they must have a budget of under US$20-M.

As cinema history goes, the best movies aren’t always the most expensive (e.g. “Little Miss Sunshine” and their meager US$8-M budget). Save for a few popular ones like “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” the rest of the nominees are virtually unknown.

February 23 (February 24, Manila time): The Razzies

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The antithesis to the Academy Awards, the Razzies will be awarding their spray-painted Golden Raspberries to “otherwise great talent who should know better than to associate their name with sub-par projects,” says their Twitter page.

As expected, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” leads the pack with a nomination in every category. Competing with it for Worst Picture are Adam Sandler’s “That’s My Boy,” and that movie with Rihanna, “Battleship.”

Kristen Stewart battles with Milla Jovovich (“Resident Evil: Retribution”) and Katherine Heigl (“One for the Money”) for Worst Actress. Meanwhile, Adam Sandler (“That’s My Boy”), Robert Pattinson, and Eddie Murphy (“A Thousand Words”) are up for the Worst Actor award.

May the worst man and woman win.

February 24 (February 25, Manila time): 85th Academy Awards

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The culminating activity and the grandest event of the awards season, this year’s list of nominees is led by Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” with 12 nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, and Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” which received 11 nominations including Best Picture, Best Directing, and Best Cinematography. 

Live Blog: Reactions to Oscars 2013 nominations

Ben Affleck, whose film “Argo” is on a winning streak, isn’t nominated for Best Director to the dismay of fans and supporters. Kathryn Bigelow is also not nominated in the director category but her film “Zero Dark Thirty” is up for Best Picture together with “Argo.”

Guess who: Predicting the new Oscar winners

Upsets are a part of Oscar drama. And we’ve seen many in the past few years:

1) Year: 2006 – “Crash” beats “Brokeback Mountain” for Best Picture

Many expected Ang Lee’s moving film about two cowboys in love to win Best Picture — especially after the late Heath Ledger’s amazing performance. But the we-are-all-connected film “Crash” took the statue home.

2) Year: 1999 – Gwyneth Paltrow (“Shakespeare in Love”) beats Cate Blanchett (“Elizabeth”) for Best Actress

Gwyneth as a merchant’s daughter was endearing, but Cate as Elizabeth was a force you could feel through the screen. Unfortunately, the Academy wasn’t paying attention.

3) Year: 1999 – “Shakespeare in Love” beats “Saving Private Ryan”

Yes, Gwyneth Paltrow gave a competent performance in the fictionalized tale of William Shakespeare’s love life, but was it enough to beat the ensemble cast of Steven Spielberg’s war movie starring Tom Hanks? Many think not.

4) Year: 2010 – Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) beats James Cameron (“Avatar”) for Best Director

Call it revenge, but many expected the “Titanic” director to take home the golden statue that night for his film about blue creatures in a strange new world — not the Smurfs. 

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