It’s time to celebrate Hollywood’s biggest ambitions and boldest daredevils.
No, I’m not talking about “Jackass Forever”.
On Tuesday morning, the nominations for the 94th Annual Academy Awards will be announced. Nominations come a little later than usual. To make room for the Olympics, the Oscars will be held on March 27.
And for the second year in a row, the Oscars will take place during the pandemic. The industrial complex of parties, proms and golden figurines known as “awards season” has once again gone virtual, destroying the season of some conventional noise. The typical opening act of the Oscars – the Golden Globe – has been greatly reduced and unchecked this year.
But the Oscar nominations, which will be announced on Tuesday, starting at 8:18 a.m. EST by hosts Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan, will try to once again grab the spotlight after a year and a half. profound changes to the industry and recovery has yet to unfold for theatrical film. The nominations will be streamed live on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the academy’s social media accounts, and on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
But those are far from the only obstacles facing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Last year’s Oscars ceremony, held in late April at Union Station with less audience than the usual home of the Oscars, the Dolby Theater, plummeted to an all-time low of 9.85 million viewers. .
Can Tuesday’s list of nominees stop the situation? Among the expected hits are Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic “Dune”, Kenneth Branagh’s coming-of-age autobiography “Belfast” and the Western gothic “The Power of the” Dog” by Jane Campion. Alas, “Jackass Forever,” the current No. 1 movie at the box office, will have to wait until next year.
Here are five nominated questions.
ONLY HOW MUCH STREAMERS WILL BE USED?
Streaming services have for years been making inroads into the Oscars, but they could overwhelm this year’s best picture field. Following the academy’s rule change, 10 films will be nominated for Best Picture, and possibly only some of them will hit theaters the traditional way. Netflix, still chasing the title of best movie first, has three contenders in “The Power of the Dog,” Adam McKay’s apocalyptic comedy “Don’t Look Up,” and its movie adaptation. from the musical “Tick, Tick… by Lin-Manuel Miranda… Boom! Apple has the deaf family film “CODA” and Joel Coen’s Shakespeare adaptation “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”
Amazon is represented with Aaron Sorkin’s “Being Rich”. Two films premiering simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max – “Dune” and “King Richard” starring Will Smith – are in high demand. That has made contenders like Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza” (MGM, Focus Features) and “Belfast” (Focus) stand out as jaw-dropping hits in front of the cinema.
WILL THE BIGGEST BOX-OFFICE DISCLOSURE THE PARTY?
With audiences waning over the Oscars and a tumultuous year in theaters, some would like to see as much of Tuesday’s audience delight as possible. Is “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the biggest hit of the pandemic with $749 million in domestic ticket sales and $1.77 billion globally, or Daniel Craig’s “No Time to Die” $774 million worldwide) can get the best picture nominations?
While the populism of the Oscars may make use of some pop, don’t count on going for 10 nominations either. The segment of the academy that most favors big-budget box office success – the producers – has passed up their highly anticipated guild nominations.
That could make “Dune” ($399 million worldwide) the genre’s top-selling film. But there are also other metrics by which to measure the most popular movies today. “Don’t Look Up” is Netflix’s second most popular series ever with about 359,790,000 hours watched, according to the company.
WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL OF THE US?
Two years after Bong Joon Ho’s Korean thriller “Parasite” won Best Picture, a group of critically acclaimed international films may be vying for several top categories. Although none of the films had the wide support that made “Parasite” the first non-English-language film to win Hollywood’s top honors, Ryusuke’s stellar three-hour Japanese drama Hamaguchi could be shortlisted for best film, best director, or best screenplay.
Other films that have received strong support outside of the academy’s Best International Film category include Pedro Almodovar’s “Parallel Mothers” (find Penélope Cruz in the category of Best Actress in a Lifetime). competition), “A Hero” by Asghar Farhadi, “Worst in Competition” by Joachim Trier World, “Hand of God” by Paolo Sorrentino and the cartoon “Flee” by Jonas Poher Rasmussen.
In expanding and diversifying its membership in recent years, the academy has grown more cosmopolitan – and extended to its overseas constituency.
IS KSTEW ACCESSIBLE?
Kristen Stewart was widely expected to win her first Oscar nomination for her role as Princess Diana in Pablo Larrain’s “Spencer”. But that film proved divided between critics and audiences, and Stewart’s once solid Oscar bid now seems uncertain. The 31-year-old actor has been reviewed by the Screen Actors Guild and BAFTAs.
She may be back at the academy, but this year’s best actress is brutal. Among the favorites: Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”), Lady Gaga (“House of Gucci”), Jennifer Hudson (“Respect”), Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”), Cruz, Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes” by Tammy Faye”) and Alana Haim (“Licorice Pizza”) If Stewart isn’t shunned, someone – some people – will be.
IS IT ENOUGH?
This is probably the biggest question facing this year’s Oscars, and it revolves around everything. Ratings for award shows around have been falling for years, but the pandemic and the rise of streaming have accelerated the breakdown of Hollywood tradition.
This year, the academy signaled that everything was on the table. Should “Spider-Man” star Tom Holland be called in? There are no details about the show yet, but the academy says it will be hosting the show for the first time since 2018. Maybe Johnny Knoxville has a few tricks up his sleeve?
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https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/what-to-watch-out-for-when-oscar-nominations-are-announced-tuesday/3137652/ What to look out for when Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday – NBC10 Philadelphia