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No Time To Relax Before Oscar Noms Next Week

Now that the Golden Globes set the final phase of awards season into motion, it’s tempting to think it’s OK to relax for a few days before jumping back into the fray. But even though a national holiday is keeping things suspiciously quiet today, there is nothing calm in the week prior to the Oscar nominations. So shake off that hangover, and start gearing up for Jan. 24 because this week is going to be another whirlwind. Here’s the rundown:

Shortly after the helicopters stopped buzzing over the Beverly Hilton, the American Cinema Editors announced its film and TV nominees this morning, giving last night’s Globes winners another boost of confidence. Ten films made ACE’s list: The five dramas were “The Descendants,” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Hugo,” “Moneyball” and “War Horse”; the five comedies were “The Artist,”  “Bridesmaids,” “Midnight in Paris,” “My Week With Marilyn” and “Young Adult.” (Can someone please explain how “Marilyn” keeps getting nominated as  a comedy? Never mind, finished asking.)

On Tuesday, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announces its Orange Film Award nominees. Daniel Radcliffe and Holliday Grainger will announce five nominees in each category, culled from the 15 longlisted films in each category that BAFTA announced Jan. 4. The nominations will likely favor European awards contenders like “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” which has been quiet on the American front, “My Week With Marilyn” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”

Wednesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces its final shortlist of the season with foreign-language film. This announcement will trim the list of 63 eligible films to just nine, which will then be cut down once more to five on Jan. 24. It’s really not a stretch to say that Iran’s “A Separation” is going to win the Oscar. Not much handicapping left to do on the category.

Thursday is a busy day for guilds with both the Costume Designers Guild and the Cinema Audio Society making their yearly nomination announcements. And Friday will see noms from the Motion Picture Sound Editors.

But Saturday is when the real final leg of awards handicapping will begin in earnest. The Producers Guild of America will hold its annual awards ceremony, during which it will choose one film out of 10 nominees to receive the Darryl F. Zanuck Award. While the PGA holds a key place in awards season as the first of the major guilds to hold its ceremony, it is also known for being fairly accurate in lining up with the choices of the Academy about 80% of the time, mostly because its membership overlaps with that of the Academy. Fifteen out of the last 22 PGA winners have gone on to take home a best picture Oscar, so all eyes will be on what happens at the Beverly Hilton Jan. 21.



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