The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces nominations for the 94th Annual Academy Awards on Tuesday.which this year will be held March 27th, a little later than usual. And, for the second consecutive year, they will take place in the context of a pandemic.
The industrial complex of parties, galas and trophies known as “awards season” has gone largely virtual, taking some of the buzz out of the season. The typical opening act of the Oscars, the Golden Globes, was a very small and non-televised event this year.
But the Oscar nominations, which will be announced on Tuesday as of 8:18 a.m. New York (13:08 GMT) for Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordanthey will try regain its appeal after a year of profound change for the industry and a still-developing recovery for theaters.
But those are far from the only headwinds facing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Last year’s Oscars, held in late April at an empty Union Station instead of the usual Dolby Theater, saw its ratings plummet to an all-time low of 9.85 million viewers.
Will Tuesday’s list of candidates be able to stem the tide? Among the films expected to do well are the sci-fi epic of Denis Villeneuve “Dune” (“Dune”)the autobiographical story of Kenneth Brangh about coming of age “Belfast” and the gothic westernJane Campion icon “The Power of the Dog”. For its part, “Jackass Forever” (“Jackass forever”), which currently leads the box office in the United States, will have to wait until next year.
Here are some questions for the nominations.
How much will streaming services dominate?
Streaming services have been at the Oscars for years, but this time they could win the best picture category. After the Academy rule changes, 10 films will be nominated for best picture and only a handful may have been traditionally released in theaters. Netflixstill chasing its first best picture trophy, has three contenders in “The Power of the Dog”the apocalyptic comedy of Adam McKay “Don’t Look Up” and the musical adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda “Tick, Tick… Boom!”. Manzana has the drama about a deaf family “CODA” and the adaptation of Joel Coen to Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth”. amazon is represented with “Being the Ricardos” by Aaron Sorkin. Two films that were released simultaneously in theaters and in hbo max, “Dune” and “King Richard” (“King Richard: A Winning Family”)starring Will SmithThey are looking for the nomination. That has made contenders like “Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza” (MGM, Focus Features) and “Belfast” (Focus) stand out as first theatrical releases.
Will the big blockbusters join the party?
Given the drop in Oscar ratings and a tumultuous year for theaters, some would like to see as many crowd-pleasing films represented on Tuesday as possible.
Could “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (“Spider-Man: No way home”), the biggest success of the pandemic with 749 million dollars in tickets sold in the United States and 1,770 million worldwide, or the last James Bond film with Daniel Craig “No Time to Die” (“No time to die”) and 774 million dollars grossed worldwide, be nominated for best picture?
As much as Oscar populism needs some pop, It is necessary to rule out that one of these two titles remains among the 10 candidates. The Academy’s most supportive of big-budget blockbusters, the producers’ guild, did not include them in its highly predictive awards.
That probably leaves “Dune” (which grossed $399 million worldwide) as the highest grossing in the category. But there are also other metrics to measure today’s most popular movies. “Don’t Look Up” is Netflix’s second most popular movie, with more than 359 million hours watched, according to the company.
How international will the nominees be?
Two years after the Korean thriller “Parasite” (“Parasites”) by Bong Joon Ho will win the award for best filma group of acclaimed international films could compete in several main categories.
While neither film has the widespread support that made “Parasite” the first foreign-language film to win Hollywood’s top honor, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s masterful three-hour Japanese drama “Drive My Car” could be up for best picture, directing or screenplay.
Other films with strong support outside of the best international film category include “Parallel Mothers” by Pedro Almodóvar (Penelope Cruz could be in the super competitive best actress category), “A Hero” by Asghar Farhadi, “The Worst Person in the World”, “The Hand of God” by Paolo Sorrentino and the lively “Flee” by Jonas Poher Rasmussen. By expanding and diversifying its membership in recent years, the Academy has become more international and has broadened the influence of overseas voters.
(With information from AP)
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