There are still over two months to go before someone thanks God, wails for world peace and weeps in front of a TV audience of millions, but here at Time Out we’re beginning to get a good sense of the main contenders for the big prizes at the 2013 Academy Awards. A month ago, it looked like ‘The Master’ and ‘Argo’ were good bets for prizes, but now we reckon ‘Lincoln’, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and ‘Les Misérables’ (above) are the three films to beat. That said, it’s still looking like a relatively open race compared to other years. The only category we’d put big money on is Best Actor: if Daniel Day-Lewis doesn’t win that award for his role as President Abraham Lincoln in ‘Lincoln’, we’ll eat our chinstrap beard.
The nominations are announced on January 10 2013 and the ceremony is on February 24 2013. Read our full guide to the main contenders for the 2013 Academy Awards.