|Dame Judi Dench (Exotic Marigold Hotel), Dame Helen Mirren (Hitchcock), Dame Maggie Smith (Quartet)|
Despite the limited popularity (and releases, in some cases) of these three dames, there names were regularly tossed around as Oscar contenders this past year. And when the Golden Globe nominees were announced, each of these women were nominated for golden globes in feature films (The Exotic Marigold Hotel, Hitchcock, and Quartet).
In addition to these "Globe-worthy" performances, Maggie Smith has also done well this year picking up awards for Downton Abbey as well as her own attention for The Exotic Marigold Hotel and Judi Dench has received some awards attention and high praise for her work in the James Bond film Skyfall.
Yet, none of them were Oscar nominees. Perhaps these ladies were close runner-ups in the nomination votes, or perhaps there's some "Dame Fatigue," and the Academy is ready to give them an awards rest for awhile from the award circuit.
Regardless, of whether that's the case. It's inevitable, that if these ladies are in a film people will be asking...will they be nominated for an Oscar?
So here's a look at each of these Dame's 2013 schedules now, just to get the ball rolling. Who knows...maybe a year off from Oscar is just what they needed?
Judi Dench's next project in post-production is Philomena, directed by Stephen Frears (who has come in and out of Oscar love with his most Oscarific success story coming from directing Dame Helen Mirren in The Queen). This film directed and staring Steve Coogan alongside Judi Dench is a little harder to tell where it falls on spectrum. Judi Dench plays a real life story of a woman, Philomena who is forced by the Catholic church to give up her son to an American family, and searches him out once he is an adult.
Oscar potential...of course. Watch out for Dench in 2013.
So far, nothing on the 2013 calendar...unless you think playing Victoria in Red 2 is Oscar-worthy.
Oscar potential...all signs say "no."
What, more nominations for Downton Abbey? As for film work, so far, no evidence of potential film work for Smith in 2013, but that can change.
Oscar potential...it's looking like a "no."