Final sprint for the Oscars: the nominations for 23 categories of film artists will be announced on Tuesday and the games are on. 'Variety' expects 'All Quiet on the Western Front',
Final sprint for the Oscars: the nominations for 23 categories of film artists will be announced on Tuesday and the games are on.
'Variety' expects 'All Quiet on the Western Front',
'Spirits of the Island', 'Elvis' and 'The Fabelmans' to dominate the field with eight nominations apiece, but watch out for 'Everything Everywhere All at Once', released strengthened by the shortlifts of the Baftas and the Critics Choice Awards: it could detach the group by positioning itself at nine.
The question remains whether the moving comedy about immigration produced by the independent studio A24 (the same as 'The Whale' and 'All Nothing New') will be able to win the Oscar in the most prestigious category: best film.
The shortlist is at ten and the film by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert could contend with Edward Berger's Netflix epic about the trenches in World War I (15 Bafta nominations and five Oscar shortlists), with Martin's Irish dramedy McDonagh who already sees four favorite actors in their respective slots of the best protagonist and best supporting character.
Also favorites for the top ten are the latest effort with an autobiographical background by Steven Spielberg, the musical on Elvis Presley by Baz Luhrmann, the sequel to 'Top Gun', and then 'Tar' by Todd Field, '
Ruben Ostlund's Triangle of Sadness', Darren Aronofsky's 'The Whale', Kevin Feige's 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' and Sally Potter's feminist drama 'Women Talking', the only shortlist directed by a female director.
For Italy, the wait is for 'Le Pupille' by Alice Rohrwacher, which entered the long list of the best 'live action' shorts after Italy's candidate film, 'Nostalgia' by Mario Martone, had been snubbed in the first selection .
The nominations were prepared by the passages of the category associations: the Screen Actors Guild has favored films together, the producers have focused on sequels and blockbusters (the only exception is 'The Whale') and directors have once again snubbed women for their 'line-up'
of greater prestige.
The Spielberg case: saved in the corner by the 'Golden Globes' (Best Drama and Best Director) after being snubbed by the awards for cinematographic directors, 'The Fabelmans' did not meet outside the USA as evidenced by the ostracism of the Bafta where, in the team of the 76-year-old two-time Oscar-winning director, only screenwriter Tony Kushner earned a nomination.
In addition to Spielberg, the five best directors should include a Field, McDonagh, the duo Kwan-Scheinert and a question on the fifth slot: Joseph Kosinski ("Top Gun: Maverick"), James Cameron ("Avatar: The Water Street ") or Berger from 'All Quiet on the Western Front'?
Meanwhile, Cate Blanchett sails towards the third Oscar:
in the Best Actress category it was supposed to be a duel between Tar's leading lady and 'The Fabelmans' Michelle Williams, but after Blanchett won at the Globes and Critics Choice and Williams was snubbed at the Sags it seems all but certain that she will be the 'Australian to snatch his third statuette after 'The Aviator' and 'Blue Jasmine'.
But also pay attention to Michelle Yeoh of 'Everything Everywhere', Viola Davis of 'The Woman King' and Danielle Deadwyler of 'Till', three other candidates for the five. For the best actor there is a three-way race between Austin Butler ('Elvis '), Colin Farrell ('The Spirits of the Island') and Brendan Fraser ('The Whale'), while for the other three slots the favorites are Bill Nighy of 'Living', Adam Sandler of 'Hustle'