Hollywood is abuzz this morning in anticipation for the big announcement Tinseltown has been waiting to hear for months. In just a few hours, Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone will name the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards. As CNN’s Nischelle Turner tells it, “the campaign for best picture is about to get real.” She has a preview for us live from Hollywood.
“As many as 10 movies could be nominated for best picture,” Turner says. She names Steven Spielberg's Civil War drama, “Lincoln,” as a top candidate sure to land a number of nominations. Its star studded cast includes the obvious nominee, Daniel Day-Lewis, in the lead role. Other titles sure to be named are "Les Mis", "Argo", "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Life of Pi", Deadline.com's Pete Hammond tells her. "Silver Linings Playbook" should score nominations for best picture and for its stars—Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, who's been facing an Oscar dryspell,” Turner reports.
But there’s drama in naming the nominees as much as there is the nominees themselves. “Among the possible Oscar nominees, one movie stands out as a major question mark.” It’s a wonder what Oscar voters will make of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained"? Some critics have accused Tarantino of trivializing slavery in the film while others have lauded the picture greatly. “The controversy should make for a suspenseful Oscar nomination announcement.”