Oscar Nominations: Dune, Belfast Face Netflix The Power of the Dog

Netflix dominated the field with 27 noms, followed by Disney with 23, including Best Picture nominee “Nightmare Alley.”

With the pandemic wreaking havoc with live events and in-person theaters, this year’s Oscars season is sure to bring surprises. Out of this year’s 10 guaranteed Best Picture nominations, “Sand dunes“Reached 10 nominations along with $398.7 million in box office receipts; Ticket sales for “Belfast”, “King Richard” and “West Side Story” were very low. Despite this, a record number of eligible Academy voters from 82 countries voted for these films as well as topping the nominations.”The power of the dog” – and most see them on streaming platforms.

That performance of the academy support made Jane Campion’s Western noir an Oscar winner. May Netflix Finally scored a best picture win? The streamer has come a long way since last capturing the best shot for the Best Picture statue, “Roma.” Last year, another VFX-friendly film, David Fincher’s “Mank,” scored mentions in 10 categories and finished with just two visuals wins. “The Power of the Dog” will perform much better, but its fate depends on how its rivals perform over the next five campaign weeks. Critics’ Choice, BAFTA Guilds and Awards could change momentum before final voting begins on March 17, before 94 Oscar March 27 holiday.

There’s nowhere to go but looking Academy Award on ABC after last year’s anemia pandemic Oscar show, but the network would have to go on without “Spider-Man: No Way Home” ($1.69 billion worldwide) and “No Time to Die” (768) million dollars). Neither of them made the list of Best Picture nominees.

“House of Gucci” (MGM/UA) stars Jared Leto and Lady Gaga snickered with Oscar voters. (Gaga, who is said to have campaigned a little too hard, can take comfort in the fact that her contributions have been recognized through a Hair and Makeup nod.) Along with the “Don” star. t Look Up” (Netflix), Leonardo DiCaprio and “Belfast” (Focus) Actress Caitriona Balfe, Gaga still has a chance to score at the BAFTAs, while she, Leto, Balfe, and Ben Affleck’s star ” The Tender Bar” (Amazon) all have a chance to win the SAG (more mainstream) award.

A grateful Kristen Stewart (“I am SO happy”) has finally received her first Oscar nomination for her role as Princess Diana in “Spencer” (Neon), one of only two openly gay actors to be nominated this year. , with supporting actress Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”). (Prior to that, Ian McKellen was the only gay man publicly nominated for “Lord of the Rings: Friendship of the Ring.”)

SPENCER, Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, 2021. © Neon / Courtesy Everett Collection


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Married Spanish film star duo Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, each celebrating their fourth nominations, for Pedro Almodovar’s birth transformation story “Parallel Mothers” (Sony) Pictures Classics) and Aaron Sorkin’s showbiz fable “Being the Ricardos,” respectively, which also gave a surprise Supporting Actor spot to Oscar-winner JK Simmons, who also missed out on the Movie award. the best. (Sorkin didn’t get a writer’s or director’s nod after scoring six nominations for “The Challenge of Chicago 7” last year.)

Another romantic couple, Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst of “Fargo” received their first respective Oscar nominations for working together again as a good pair on “The Power of the Dog”.

So Amazon only settled on three Oscar mentions, down from last year. 12. The Election Committee of the International Commission has decided not to give Asghar Farhadi again a third win with “A Hero”. Other streamers perform better. Netflix leads the field for the third year in a row – with 27 nominations (down from 35 last year), beating out 23 nominations from Disney/Pixar/Searchlight – as its “The Power of the Dog” Jane Campion received 12 nominations. That beat Denis Villeneuve’s visually spectacular “Dune” (Warner Bros./HBO Max), by 10.

This is the fourth year in a row that Netflix has more than 10 nominations. “Don’t Look Up” received four nominations, including writer-director Adam McKay’s second Best Picture nomination and a third screenplay nomination.

“The Lost Daughter” won three awards, including writer-director Maggie Gyllenhaal for Best Adapted Screenplay (her second nomination, receiving the award for Best Supporting Actress for “Crazy Heart.” ), Best Supporting Actress nominee Jessie Buckley (it was her first), and Olivia Colman, who was able to match Frances McDormand’s three wins by taking home her second Oscar after “The Favorites”.

The musical “Tick, Tick, Boom” landed two people, including second-time nominee Andrew Garfield, who took singing lessons and delivered a glamorous attack on the campaign run. The Sony Pictures Animation pickup film “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” could give producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller their second Oscar win after “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.” And Italy’s Paolo Sorrentino could win a second Oscar for his personal story “The Hand of God”.

AppleTV+ scored its first Best Picture nomination for the Sundance pickup “CODA,” which also won Adapted Screenplay for director Sian Heder and a Supporting Actor spot for veteran deaf theater. Troy Kotsur, whose deaf-mute actor Marlee Matlin won an Academy Award in 1987 for “Children are Children of God.” Joel Coen’s stunning black-and-white Shakespeare drama “The Tragedy of Macbeth” also won three performance for two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, Cinematography and Production Design.

Denis Villeneuve, Timothee Chalamet on "Sand dunes" the set

Denis Villeneuve and Timothee Chalamet on the set of “Dune”

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A quartet of raped families, “Dune,” “Belfast,” “King Richard,” and the musical “West Side Story” have emotional content just right to unravel the movie “The Power of Uncle.” dog”. “Dune” is extremely popular and leading crafts catalog with eight nods (Composer Hans Zimmer could win his second Oscar), but like other sci-fi/fantasy works like the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, the space epic doesn’t record point with the actors.

Both Kenneth Branagh’s 1969 memoir “Belfast” (seven nominations, including beloved support veterans like Judi Dench and Ciaran Hinds) and Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “King Richard” (six, including Will) Smith and Aunjanue Ellis) are both portraits of the family they face. abrupt changes, while Steven Spielberg’s remake of the 1957 stage musical “West Side Story” (seven, three-knife of the 1961 film) revives Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet with the cast vibrant Latinx club led by DeBose. Spielberg has been nominated as a producer or director 19 times over six decades, starting with “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in 1978.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s light but enjoyable ’70s comedy “Licorice Pizza” (MGM/UA), a Best Picture nominee and whose director and screenwriter the film plays exclusively in theaters, received just three nominations. important nominations and no acting points. Ditto Guillermo del Toro’s elegant cinematography remake of “Nightmare Alley” (Lights), made it to the Best Picture list with four nominations.

“The Power of the Dog” director Campion was key to winning her first directorial Oscar after two record-breaking nominations in the category (she won Best Original Screenplay for “The Piano”). ” in 1994). She will be the third female director to win, after last year’s Kathryn Bigelow and Chloe Zhao. Benedict Cumberbatch, with a second Best Actor nomination, can challenge overdue first-time production candidate Will Smith for Best Actor.

Along with “Belfast” auteur Branagh, Villeneuve also received a production nomination, but the biggest shock for the Oscars was the lack of a nomination by the French-Canadian DGA. Spielberg and Affleck know the feeling: the directorial branch skipped each one of them in “The Color Purple” (11 nominations, no win) and “Argo,” respectively. “Argo” (seven nominations, three wins) led the vote in favor of the final Best Picture award. This could happen with Villeneuve: He’s well-intentioned not only with the closest thing to a Best Picture blockbuster, but also with the upcoming “Dune Part Two.”

Driven by critical acclaim, Japan’s Ryusuke Hamaguchi has taken over as Villeneuve’s director for the three-hour “Drive My Car” (Janus), which also received nominations for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay and International Feature Film. It will beat it with Norway’s newly launched “World’s Ugliest Man” (Neon), which also landed a surprise Original Screenplay spot. Last year, Thomas Vinterberg’s “Another Round” won the International Award after scoring a Director nomination. But “Drive My Car” scored the rare Best Picture in a foreign language award (recently won by “Roma” and for the first time by “Parasite”) as Director and Adapted Screenplay. body.

While some would like to see “Driving My Car” follow “Parasite” into the winner’s column, Bong Joon Ho’s film is an accessible genre thriller. “Drive My Car” is an admired arthouse movie that will have to garner votes from mainstream factions within the Academy.

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“Western Tales”

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With almost a third of the Academy now international (even if they don’t vote in a bloc), the most competitive international documentary and feature film races ever bring a few surprises, including: including Denmark’s Jonas Rasmussen (“Flee”) for both – but the film also scores first: it also ranks in the Best Animated Feature category.

Intrigued in the documentary race is Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s thrilling cave disaster film “The Rescue” (NatGeo), which relies heavily on re-enactments; the filmmakers won with “Free Solo” before. Two lauded Covid documentaries, Nanfu Wang’s daring China Covid exposing “In the Same Breath” (HBO) and Matthew Heineman’s “The First Wave” (NatGeo), were both unsuccessful. The popular concert film “Summer of Soul” (Searchlight) by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson will challenge “Flee” to win.

Now comes the next phase of the campaigns, as the streamers intervene to try to keep their footing with the late successful theatrical marketers in what seems to be the competitive Best Picture field. most in many years.

Winners will be announced at the 94th Academy Awards, taking place on Sunday, March 27 live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, airing on ABC. While the organizer for the annual show has yet to be announced, AMPAS has promised that the event will actually be hosted this year. See the list of nominees this morning here.

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