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Only One (Maybe) Oscar Nominee Halfway Through 2012


We’re at the mid point of the and the mid point of the summer. And we have no Oscar nominees. Well, maybe one. I would say that Omar Sy, from “The Intouchables,” has an outside shot. And “The Intouchables,” a French film, could be a Best Foreign Film nominee if France chooses to submit it. Otherwise, the pickings aren’t slim, they are non existent so far for 2012. Almost all the movies released since January 1st were either cartoon-comic book films or so dreadful that they’re embarrassing to look at.

What about Woody Allen’s “To Rome with Love,” you ask? Maybe Roberto Benigni, who I think had the best storyline and really was wonderful. Penelope Cruz is a very outside possibility. How about “The Exotic Marigold Hotel”? Well, Judi Dench is great in everything she does, and she has high Oscar recognition. But that’s it. No one from “The Avengers,” “Spider Man,” “Dark Knight Rises,” etc will qualify. That’s just not Oscar. Heath Ledger was the exception.

So we wait. Patiently. For the Oscar rush to begin. And then it’s going to be¬†a flood. From Spielberg’s “Lincoln” to Baz Luhrmann’s “Great Gatsby,” Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables,” to Quentin¬†Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” “David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” the musical “The Sapphires” (a Golden Globe cinch), and many that we don’t know about yet.

We can pretty much relax until September 7th, when “Gangster Squad” with Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling kicks off the fall season. Two comedies to look forward to, awards or not: “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” which is just terrific, and “Hope Springs.” They, plus “The Bourne Legacy,” will make August at least tolerable.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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