And the Winner is…

The People’s Choice Awards recently kicked off Hollywood’s annual awards season that will culminate with The Academy Awards on February 24th.

Late next month Hollywood’s best will gather at the Kodak Theatre to see who was truly the best in film in 2012.

Historical films came out on top this year but don’t count out musicals and comedies that could shake things up.

Classic Cinemas’ Marketing Manager, Mark Mazimas, says there are a few front-runners but many categories are too close to call.

Nine movies made the list for the biggest category of the night, best picture.

“’Lincoln’ is definitely the leader with 12 nominations and it’s directed by Spielberg,” said Mazrimas. “’Zero Dark Thirty’ [has] got a chance. I wouldn’t count out ‘Les Miserable’ because there’s a lot of fans and it just won the Golden Globe.”

The race for best director has caused some controversy. A few famous names are noticeably absent.

“Ben Affleck didn’t get nominated for Best Director,” said Mazrimas. “And also with Katherine Bigelow, and she won for “[The] Hurt Locker” as the first female to ever win best director.

With those out, Mazrimas sees Spielberg’s “Lincoln” taking the win.

Hugh Jackman sang his way to a best actor nomination in “Les Miserables” but Mazrimas feels Daniel Day-Louis will win his third award for his spot on work in the biopic “Lincoln.”

“If you wanted a sure bet I think you’re right with Daniel Day-Louis to be the favorite in this category,” said Mazrimas. “Whoever he plays you forget he is an actor.”

For best actress the front-runner isn’t as obvious.

As a recent widow whose life went astray in “Silver Lining’s Playbook” Jennifer Lawrence proved she’s more than the girl from “The Hunger Games.”

Jessica Chastain propels “Zero Dark Thirty” as the female lead of the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden.

“It’s a tough category,” said Mazrimas. “Chastain is very good in ‘Zero Dark Thirty.’ I think the one to watch in this category is Jennifer Lawrence.”

For the first time in the show’s history all five nominees for best supporting actor already have a golden statue.

“Tommy Lee Jones, I think, is one of the favorites here for Lincoln, he’s very good,” said Mazrimas. “I wouldn’t count out De Niro and the Academy saying ‘Let’s honor him again,’ he is very good as Bradley Cooper’s dad in [Silver Lining’s Playbook].”

Old and new Hollywood will square off for best supporting actress.

“Sally Field has more screen time in ‘Lincoln’ than Anne Hathaway, but Anne Hathaway hits a home run with the role,” said Mazrimas. “When she sings her song in the film it’s just mesmerizing, she’s terrific.”

Don’t worry if you haven’t had a chance to see all the nominated films, many of them are currently playing at theaters in the area.

Moviegoers can cast their ballot for the winners when they visit any Classic Cinema location through February 23rd.
The grand prize for correctly predicting all seven categories includes movie tickets for two for a year.

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