Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Oscars 2022: five things to consider now

When we last stopped, Joaquin Phoenix had just announced Anthony Hopkins as the winner of the final Oscar. Hopkins was not there to agree. Several people sitting at the almost empty train station rang out with applause, and … these are all people. The 93rd Academy Awards ended not in an explosion, but in a bleat.

Seven months, two shots and a booster shot later, the academy is poised to try again, unsettlingly, like so many people here and outside of Hollywood, forget the last couple of miserable years, put on a happy face, and celebrate the magic. movies and, of course, platforms for streaming content.

After inviting another 395 people to join this year, the academy now has about 10,700 members, half of whom appear to have attended George Clooney’s pretty sweet coming-of-age tale, The Tender Bar, early last month. Directors Guild Hall to watch Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez hold hands. Damn the Delta version, there are plenty of parties and receptions going on every night in the city these days, and even post-show buffets are thriving again. (Along with Arclight Hollywood, can anyone resuscitate the superplant?)

In other words, things are going as usual, even if the academy still doesn’t run regular screenings for its members on weekends, the infamous Golden Globes could be announced next year on Facebook Live as far as we know, and no one in Hollywood has the slightest concepts where the film industry is moving forward.

So what to do we know? Here are five thoughts as we count the final days ahead of the last two contenders – Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of West Side Story and Guillermo del Toro’s psychological thriller Nightmare Alley – that the screenings for voters and critics finally begin.

1. This year 10 nominees for the best picture will be determined.

After “neglecting” the best picture of “The Dark Knight,” the academy expanded the list of the best pictures to 10. This lasted two years until the management was not satisfied with the complaints of traditionalists about the reduction in the price of the prestige of the nomination. In retrospect, this outrage seems a little silly considering the films nominated in 2008, last year with a fixed number of five, were The Curious Story of Benjamin Button, Frost / Nixon, Milk, The Reader. and Slumdog Millionaire. No … you wouldn’t want to dilute what kind of prestige, right?

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Over the next decade, there were rules that (presumably) resulted in five to ten nominees for the best picture. (It was always eight or nine.) But now we’re back at 10, and that’s a reason to celebrate. On the one hand, academy members will now again rank 10 films in their ballots for nominations, up from five – a win-win improvement that will open up the best picture list in a way that will satisfy all who are upholding the proposed Oscar for the popular film. three years ago.

Consider the films that have been nominated in those two out of 10 years: Up (a classic that escaped the kiddie table – the Oscar cartoon), District 9 (clever science fiction that condemns xenophobia), Bone of Winter. ” (The kind of harsh indie film that was rarely popular before the expansion came out) and, yes, Christopher Nolan’s Inception. The new rules worked!

And they will work again … provided the tiresome Bond movie doesn’t come out.

2. Dune will be nominated for Best Picture.

Or maybe I should say, in honor of Hans Zimmer’s stunning score: DUNE WILL BE NOMINATED FOR BEST IMAGE !!!!!!!!!!!!

And he would have been nominated even if the rules hadn’t changed. I’ve spoken to a few academy members who like Denis Villeneuve’s polished, heavyweight adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction classic. I have spoken to many who respect the scale, even if they sometimes needed to be woken up. (Maybe the true purpose of the Zimmer score?) But all I ran into, at least saw this, either on (shudder) HBO Max or one of the many, many voter screenings at Warner Bros.

With all the likely acclaims for the crafts – sound, visuals, film editing, production design, cinematography, and yes, the original soundtrack – Dune could prove to be a huge hit in the morning nominations. Still, the current nods are likely to be elusive if voters can’t get away with the image of the nude nutty Stellan Skarsgard from their memory bank. (May be what This is what Timothy Chalamet sees when he puts his hand in the drawer with pain.)

3. “House of Gucci” and “The Last Duel” will probably not be nominated.

Or at least they shouldn’t. Two new high-profile films by Ridley Scott, who will turn 84 at the end of the month, can’t be easily dismissed. But both films are spoiled by cluttered, unfocused scripts and, in the nearly three-hour case of Gucci, an ensemble of actors who seem to have vastly different ideas about what movie they’re making.

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Duel died a quick death in the multiplex, although in these troubled times it was not a sign of the shame it used to be. Gucci has won over a number of die-hard fans who have passed out from Lady Gaga’s chewing, roaring, Haaaaaa-aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!! become a resentful replacement for Lady Macbeth, whom I can appreciate until the film pushes her into the background. And by that time, bald Jared Leto had already urinated on a Gucci scarf. I mean where do you go from there?

4. Membership in the Academy continues to grow worldwide. Let’s see what was reflected in the voting.

Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite was the first non-English language film to win the Best Picture award two years ago; Danish filmmaker Thomas Winterberg received an Oscar nomination last year for a director in Another Round, which Bong also won. This year, you can make a strong statement that both leading roles must go to international actors: outstanding Norwegian Renate Reinswe for her star turn as a young woman leading adulthood in Joachim Trier’s brilliant film Worst Man in the world “. the World “and Japanese Hidetoshi Nishijima, mesmerizing in what may be the best film of the year, Ryosuke Hamaguchi’s epic” Drive My Car “.

You wouldn’t think that most academy members would need, in the immortal words of Bong, “to break the 1″ subtitle barrier, “but it remains to be seen if we will ever have a list of nominations that truly reflect the best in unconstrained cinema. …

5. Make sure there is a host for this year’s ceremony. And a sense of purpose.

For reasons beyond the control of the academy (and others that could have been easily foreseen and corrected), last year’s Oscars felt less of a problem. Imitate Sir Ridley and take the big hit even if he misses. The show must be large-scale, bold and worthy of the great tradition of the Academy Awards.

Additional thought: Hire Hans Zimmer to conduct the orchestra. It’s worth a bit of temporary tinnitus to bring back that Oscar swagger.

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