December 13th, 2010
12:22 PM ET
It’s that time of the year again, awards season, and already there is lots and lots of buzz about potential nominees in the fields of film and television.
First up on Tuesday will be the Golden Globe nominations followed two days later by the Screen Actors Guild award nominations. (You can watch the live-streams here tomorrow and Thursday!)
So who are critics, fans and industry types alike talking about this time around?
We have to start with the film "Black Swan." Nominations have already been announced for some of the smaller awards ceremonies like the Independent Spirit Awards and the movie has snagged nods for categories like best feature and best female lead.
The film's star, Natalie Portman,has been hailed by USA Today for a performance which it says "obliterates her prim and proper on-screen image once and for all while spreading her wings as a driven ballerina who precariously pirouettes between art and madness in the delirious psychosexual thriller."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Black Swan" led the Critics Choice Movie Awards with 12 nominations including best actress for Portman, best supporting actress for Mila Kunis, best picture and best director for Darren Aronofsky. There's lots of talk that Portman will be nominated for a best actress Oscar.
And speaking of that golden statue, not only will James Franco be co-hosting the Academy Awards this time around but he seems to be on top of lots of lists as a shoo-in for a best actor nomination for his work in “127 Hours.” Deadline's Pete Hammond calls his performance "a tour-de-force for Franco" and the Kansas City Star's Robert W. Butler delivers a performance that "radiates both joy and determination."
Other almost certain nominees include Colin Firth for his work in "The King's Speech," a film that has also already topped quite a few "best of the year" lists. The movie about Great Britain's King George VI and his stutter was dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as "one of the most pleasurable movies to come along in years." Firth's co-stars Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter have also been receiving lots of accolades.
According to Moviefone, "The King's Speech" could see it's biggest competition in "The Social Network" "which won raves from critics and steady money at the box office." The site also notes the praise indies like "The Kids Are All Right' and "Winter's Bone" have engendered among critics an fans.
Over in TV land, the world appears to be in love with "Modern Family" and its ensemble cast. The show scored big last awards season and Variety reports that while expectations were mild when the ABC show debuted last year, "One year later, with an Emmy for best comedy series along with a Golden Globe and the SAG ensemble award in hand, the atmosphere around the show is altogether different." Look for the series to once again rack up the nominations.
Also much buzzed about is the new HBO drama "Boardwalk Empire." The show appears to have a mix of so many other hit HBO shows (organized crime drama a la "The Sopranos," the political intrigue of "The Wire," lush historical sets like "Rome" and "Deadwood" and just a sprinkling of the graphic sex from "Sex and the City) and has been commended for its acting and writing (Sidenote: the series was created by Terence Winter, a former writer for "The Sopranos.")
The show's strength is due in part to the main character played by critically acclaimed actor Steve Busscemi who Salon.com says "may seem like a strange choice of central star for HBO's new 'Boardwalk Empire,' but he's utter perfection."
Those are just a few of the current front runners Who do you think should also be in the running?
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