Stay on Track for the Oscars With Our Handy Awards-Movies Calendar
LOS ANGELES — Time to start thinking about those Academy Awards again.
Yeah, it feels too early, like Christmas decorations at the drug store, but with film festivals Telluride, Venice and Toronto long over, we now have a much clearer idea of what you need to see to prepare for the the Golden Globes on Jan. 11 and the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22.
And let’s face it, the only way you’re going to be the seen-’em-all guest at your Oscars party this year is to get started, like, this weekend — with David Fincher’s Gone Girl coming to theaters, the relentless parade of awards-worthy movies begins now, and doesn’t stop for five months solid.
Mashable is here for you, movie-lover:
We’ve prepared this week-by-week Google calendar with everything you need to catch in theaters (and on home video) between now and the red carpet pre-show.
The calendar is open to everyone, meaning you can upload it to your own, and it’ll remind you each Friday what you need to see that weekend to stay on track — just click into the calendar entry for a synopsis, a brief analysis of the film’s awards prospects and a link to the latest trailer. We’ll keep it current all awards-season long.
In addition, every Friday morning we’ll have a more detailed look at that weekend’s offerings right here on the site — see below for our take on Gone Girl — and we won’t stop updating it until the last trophy is handed out.
Follow our guide to the letter and we promise you won’t miss a single category. Because trust us, the last thing you want when a surprise winner takes the Kodak Theatre stage is for that cute cinephile you’ve been talking to all night to ask what you think — and all you can say is … “Huh, I didn’t see it.”
Amy (Rosamund Pike) expresses her thoughts in a diary.
Image: 20th Century Fox/Merrick Morton
DON’T MISS IT: Gone Girl, in theaters nationwide.
David Fincher’s follow-up to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is dividing critics, but make no mistake — it will be a big player. The drumbeat for acting honors for Rosamund Pike are already starting (less so for Ben Affleck, who’ll have a hard time breaking into a crowded best actor field). If both leads get nominated and the Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross score resonates, Gone Girl could theoretically outpace the eight nominations for Fincher’s The Social Network. PREDICTION: 8 nominations, 2 wins: Score and adapted screenplay.
CATCH IT UP ON VOD: Boyhood
Richard Linklater’s masterful cinéma vérité is a serious contender for Best Picture, and the odds-on favorite for best director, as Linklater pulled off the high-wire act of filming a movie over 12 years. Acting categories will also be in play, particularly in supporting for Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. Though Boyhood is still in select theaters nationwide, you can buy it now on DVD/Blu Ray — it’s worth owning — though it should be streaming before February. PREDICTION: 10 nominations, 4 wins: Best picture, best director (Linklater), best supporting actress (Arquette) and best original screenplay.
What’s our odds-on favorite best picture Oscar contender of the moment? Let us know in the comments!