The Oscar race has turned into an all-out brawl. With Hollywood in an uproar over director snubs for Argo‘s Ben Affleck and Zero Dark Thirty‘s Kathryn Bigelow, and Lincoln trying to maintain frontrunner status in one of the most competitive and surprise-filled award seasons in memory, Entertainment Weekly plunges into the dynamics of the ongoing Oscar race in this week’s cover. Lincoln has a leading 12 nominations going into the Feb. 24 ceremony, but Affleck is generating sympathy from voters who feel he was robbed by not getting a director’s nod — especially since he seems to be winning everything else.
The issue also features break-outs on each of the major nominees, a look at what producers have planned for Seth MacFarlane during this year’s telecast, and reaches way, way back into Academy Awards history by catching up with Sacheen Littlefeather, the Native American activist who famously accepted the best actor Oscar for 1972’s The Godfather on Marlon Brando’s behalf — leading the Oscars to forever ban outsiders from accepting trophies at the ceremony.
The current Oscar race seems to change day by day. Can Les Miserables‘ Anne Hathaway hold off Lincoln‘s Sally Field in the supporting actor contest? Will intimate movies such as Silver Linings Playbook, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Amour continue to pull off upsets against epic rivals such as Life of Pi, Les Miserables, Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty, and Argo? Can anything stop the Best Actor juggernaut that is Daniel Day-Lewis?
The competition may be fiercer than ever, but no one ever said all the drama had to be on screen.
For more on the Oscar race pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Jan. 11.