From the parallel universes of “Everything Everywhere All At Once” to the tribute to the cinema of “The Fabelmans”, anything can happen at the Oscar delivery ceremony next Sunday, where the options for the statuette for best film continue, despite everything, very open.
Author cinema released on streaming platforms and critically acclaimed independent films are competing for the main prize with the highest grossing films of the year. And if before the awards season started, Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical film -“The Fablemans”- was the great favorite, now, when they are about to close the votes of the Hollywood Academy, “Everything Everywhere All At Once” is already the top contender.
The film directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert arrives with 11 nominations and won the triplet at the Hollywood Producers Guild Awards (PGA), at the Directors Guild Awards (DGA Awards) and at the American Actors Guild (SAG). Except for “Apollo 13” (1995), all the tapes that bagged these three awards were subsequently decorated as best film by the Hollywood Academy.
However, the experts do not have everything with them to herald its success, because this fantastic adventure about a familiar superheroine in parallel universes seems not excite the most veteran members of the Hollywood Academy. This more traditional sector will try to captivate “The Fabelmans”, a great winner at the Golden Globes and an Oscar candidate in 7 categories, an ode to cinema that has the advantage of bearing the Spielberg seal.
An edition full of surprises
If there is a movie that is not a favorite for almost nothing, but that can win everything, that is “The Banshees of Inisherin” (“Almas en Pena de Inisherin”, in Spanish), the Martin McDonagh film that has 9 nominations and was Recognized at the British BAFTAs. On a small Irish island a few years after the First World War this tragicomedy takes place that portrays the complexities of friendship.
It may be the great cover with permission of “All Quiet On The Western Front” (“No News on the Front”), a film directed by the German Edward Berger that is based on the homonymous novel by Erich Maria Remarque that narrated the nonsense of the Big war. Although the logical thing would be for it to triumph in the category of best international filmits 9 nominations, its great performance at the BAFTAs and its reflection on the Ukrainian War place it as one of the productions highlights for this edition.
Blockbusters and musicals, from “Avatar” to “Tár”
The shortlist for best film also includes the highest grossing titles of the year such as “Avatar: The Way of Water” and “Top Gun: Maverick”, which have already been placed with the third and twelfth highest-grossing films in history. Both the James Cameron film and the Joseph Kosinski film alleviated the lethargy suffered by movie theaters after the pandemic, but their real aspirations this year go through categories such as the best special effects, in which both compete.
Much more modest was the irruption at the box office of the musical biopic “Elvis”, although its options to establish itself as best film aim to be as limited as those of the previous two. The rise and fall into hell of the “King of Rock” were skilfully recounted in this work by Baz Luhrmann that surprised with 8 Oscar nominations and hopes to put the finishing touch with the statuette of best leading actor for Austin Butler. In a musical key, the drama “Tár” also appears, in which the director Todd Field shows the desire for power or the need to transcend in the skin of the orchestra director Lydia Tár, played by Cate Blanchett. The Australian has won the award for best actress in almost all the important appointments of the course and is the only great recognition that “Tár” looks at with objective possibilities.
A critique of the system and religious dramas, last contenders
The satire “Triangle of Sadness” and the religious drama “Women Talking”, which have 3 and 2 Oscar nominations respectively, are the films that have completed the list of candidates for best film. With “Triangle of Sadness”, the filmmaker Ruben Östlund criticizes the drift of capitalism. This work, which was not selected to represent Sweden in the category of best international film, won the Palme d’Or at the last Cannes Film Festival.
In “Women Talking” (“Ellas Hablan”), director Sarah Polley brings to the big screen the plot of the book of the same title written by Canadian Miriam Toews, which tells the systematic rapes of a group of women in a Mennonite village in deep Bolivia.
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