Although the Academy Awards are still a few weeks away, many of 2012’s biggest award shows have already taken place. From the Screen Actors Guild Awards to the Golden Globes, the season of big award shows an emotional acceptance speeches is already well underway.
If you’re looking for something noteworthy to see at the movies, I’ve gone through the list of the big awards and determined which movies are cleaning up so far this year. I included the Screen Actors Guild awards, the Producers Guild Awards, the Directors Guild of America Awards, the Critic’s Choice Awards and the Golden Globes in my tally of those films which are earning the most recognition.
Find out now which movies have been the biggest award winners of 2012 so far…
Before we count down the top eight award winners, I wanted to note how many different films have won at least one major award during this season. At the Golden Globes, both Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams walked home with a statue for their respective roles in The Iron Lady and My Week with Marilyn. The Globes also recognized films like W.E. and The Adventures of Tin Tin and a few notable others with one award. Meanwhile, the Critic’s Choice Awards recognized films as disparate as Bridesmaids, Drive and Rise of the Planet of the Apes amongst many others.
A few select films, however, have continued to win award after award.
With two wins, A Separation has earned a lot of momentum in the competition for awards. It won the awards for best foreign language film at both the Golden Globe Awards and at the Critic’s Choice Awards.
This Iranian film is also looking like the frontrunner in that category at the Oscars. A Separation has two Oscar nominations: one for best foreign language film and the other for best original screenplay.
Woody Allen staged a major career victory in 2011. Midnight in Paris, his new comedy about a neurotic writer who longs to live in Paris’ golden age, has already won several awards so far. This wonderful little film was also my favorite movie of 2011.
Allen– who famously avoids awards shows– has already won two awards for his wonderful and imaginative screenplay. Victorious at both the Golden Globe Awards and the Critic’s Choice Awards, this comedy could go a long way at the Oscars.
Hugo, Martin Scorcese’s first 3D film, was based on a children’s novel but many children and adults have fallen in love with this nostalgic drama.
With eleven nominations, Hugo is going into Oscar season with the most nods and it’s already picked up a few awards this year. It won the award for best art direction at the Critic’s Choice Awards and the well-respected Scorcese picked up his 3rd Golden Globe for best director.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was the final chapter in the long-running Harry Potter series. This critically-acclaimed blockbuster wrapped up the series in style and was one of the best movies last year.
So far, however, only two awards shows have recognized Deathly Hallows: Part 2 for its artistic achievements. It won best stunt ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and both the sound and makeup awards at the Critic’s Choice Awards. Let’s hope it can wrack up some more wins in the weeks to come.
The Descendants, Alexander Payne’s drama about a man struggling with family issues after his wife falls into a coma, has racked up an impressive three wins so far this awards season.
Both Oscar winner George Clooney and the film itself were recognized at the Golden Globes. Additionally, Clooney won the Critic’s Choice Award for best actor and many see him as the man to beat at this year’s Oscars.
Christopher Plummer is no newcomer to the movies but Beginners has given his career a whole new life. Starring as an elderly man coming out to his son, Plummer has racked up an impressive three wins for his performance in a supporting role.
With wins at the Golden Globes, at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards and at the Critic’s Choice Awards, many see Plummer as the undeniable frontrunner for best supporting actor at this year’s Oscars.
The Help is the little movie that became a big blockbuster. Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett, this drama about African-American maids coming together in the 1960s to talk about their work experiences, has won an amazing seven major awards so far.
Supporting actress Octavia Spencer has won at the Golden Globes, at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards and at the Critic’s Choice Awards. Leading actress Viola Davis won at both the SAG Awards and at the Critic’s Choice Awards, while the ensemble cast was also recognized at both events.
The undeniable champion during this awards season has been the black and white masterpiece, The Artist. With very little dialogue but a very big heart, ‘The Artist’ won Best Picture at the Producer’s Guild of America Awards, at the Golden Globes and at the Critic’s Choice Awards. Leading actor Jean Dujardin also picked up awards from both the SAG and from the Globes.
In addition to two best director wins (at the DGA and at the Critic’s Choice Awards), the film won best score from the Globes and from the Critic’s Choice Awards. That latter show also gave The Artist its award for best costume design.
The Oscars may not be until February 26th but it looks like The Artist has had a wonderful award season so far along with the rest of the members of this list. Check out the tallies so far below to see which films have gotten the most attention in 2012…so far.
- Two Awards (Three-Way Tie): A Separation, Midnight in Paris, Hugo
- Three Awards (Three-Way Tie): Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Descendants, Beginners
- Seven Awards: The Help
- Ten Awards: The Artist