Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Russell Crowe, Toni Collette, Jacki Weaver and director Ben Lewin will discover this week if they are Oscar contenders or pretenders.

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Jackman leads Aussies in awards charge
Jackman leads Aussies in awards charge

Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Russell Crowe, Toni Collette, Jacki Weaver and director Ben Lewin will discover this week if they are Oscar contenders or pretenders.

Nominations for the two key pre-Oscar award ceremonies, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Golden Globes, will be announced in Los Angeles, with Jackman considered a certainty to score nominations for his performance in the musical Les Miserables.

First up is the SAG nomination ceremony early on Thursday.

Then 24 hours later, the Globes nominations are revealed.

Every top film critic and awards pundit has Jackman pencilled in with acting heavyweights Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays Civil War hero and the 16th president of the US Abraham Lincoln in the Steven Spielberg-directed Lincoln, and Denzel Washington in the drama Flight, to battle it out for the best actor Oscar.

Weaver, who plays Cooper's mother in Silver Linings Playbook, is a decent chance of scoring supporting actress nominations.

Collette, playing Alfred Hitchcock's trusted assistant Peggy Robertson in the biopic Hitchcock about the great director, is an outside chance for a supporting actress nomination, with Amy Adams (The Master), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) and Helen Hunt (The Sessions) the favourites.

Watts, playing a survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in The Impossible, is a decent chance of picking up a SAG and Globe best actress nomination this week.

Kidman, for her feral, sexed up performance in The Paperboy, has been largely left out of the awards talk, but has a good track record of scoring Globe nominations.

Crowe, playing obsessed policeman Javert in Les Miserables, deserves supporting nominations for being brave enough to sing head-to-head with the accomplished Jackman, although the New Zealand-born actor has been savaged in some reviews.

Lewin, the 66-year-old Poland-born, Australian-raised, US-based director, is an outside shot of a Globe nomination for The Sessions, a breakout hit at the Sundance Film Festival about the real life story of a poet paralysed from the neck down who hires a sex surrogate to lose his virginity.