Since (I'm assuming) most of us have seen Inception by now, I thought it would be appropriate to delve into some preliminary Oscar discussion, particularly because I find Inception's Oscar chances - in the main categories - very difficult to predict. While the reviews have been mostly positive, there are several notable naysayers, which could hurt its cause. However, I feel that the critical reception has been good enough to put the film in Oscar contention, and I think a Best Picture nomination is likely.
Obviously Inception should have a field day getting several tech nominations, but as of right now, I don't see any acting nods in store, and I see some trouble in the fields where The Dark Knight was snubbed. I think a snub in the Original Screenplay category would be a real travesty, so I'm pretty confident it should get in there. After all, it is one of the most original and challenging ideas to come to fruition in years.
The Best Director category has me the most concerned. Most signs point to a relatively safe nomination for Christopher Nolan, but I am less convinced. It is more of a gut feeling at this point because there are still so many films yet to be released, but I think that Nolan will be on the fence for the majority of the Awards campaign. I am hopeful, and optimistic in some cases, but still not ready to call any of the three main categories a lock at this point.
Do you think Inception's chances are higher? Could DiCaprio sneak in? Have your say below.