The contenders for the golden Oscar statuettes are due to be revealed on Tuesday, and Hollywood seems to be expecting the Academy to recognize blockbuster films, including the new installment of Top Gun.
The blockbuster where plays Tom Cruise seems to be racing ahead for theOscar for best picture, the most sought-after award in American cinema – and beyond. The nominations must be announced from 1:30 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, before the big winners’ party, scheduled for March 12.
Behind the fighter planes of Top Gun , Avatar 2: The Way of the Water , Black Panther: Wakanda Forever but also the surreal and crazy Everything Everywhere All at Once or the very personal The Fabelmans of Steven Spielberg race for rewards. Others still cite Irish comedy The Banshees of Inisherin the biopic on the king Elvis and the ART with Cate Blanchett.
Short, “this year is one of the most uncertain”summarizes the specialized journalist Clayton Davis, of the magazine variety. He says he spoke “more than any year” to many sources among the voters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to probe their votes and try to see more clearly. “And I’ve never known so little in my entire career!” he added.
Predictions made even more complicated by the recent influx of new members of the Academy from abroad, and to whom some attribute for example the success of the South Korean film Parasite in 2020. “Foreign works have passed the mark in recent years, and I think it will continue to climb”, added Clayton Davis. German feature film In the west, nothing is new arrives bolstered with British Bafta nominations, while Indian action flick RRRwho does not bother with delicacy, also arrives with very strong support.
The coronation of the actors
In the individual categories, Brendan Fraser (The whale), Colin Farrel (The Banshees of Inisherin) and Austin Butler (Elvis) are already favorites for the Oscar for best actor. Cate Blanchettwhich has already won two statuettes, and Michelle Yeohfor his role in Everything Everywhere All at Onceshould be in the running for the Oscar for best actress.
Actor Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All at Once), who appeared as a child in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom almost forty years ago, should mark its great comeback, and appear in the category of best supporting role. Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) is also expected to appear in the Best Supporting Actress category. She would thus become the first star of a Marvel film to be nominated for an Oscar. Steven Spielberg should be nominated in the category of best director for his autobiographical film The Fabelmans.
The actors Riz Ahmed (Sound of Meta) and Allison Williams (Girls) will unveil the list of Oscar contenders on Tuesday from Los Angeles from 5:30 a.m. local time (1:30 p.m. GMT). But television ratings for awards shows, including the Oscars, have been trending downward, as the Academy has given awards in recent years to independent films lesser known to the general public, such as nomadland and CODA .
Many players in this industry hope that the nominations will be evenly distributed among mainstream films in 2022, which are highly anticipated by the public after the pandemic. The second part of the saga of james cameron, Avatar: The Way of the Watertopped the symbolic $2 billion mark at the box office last weekend.
And Top Gun: Maverick, released in May when the fate of theaters was still uncertain, grossed around $1.5 billion. He could “Win Best Picture”, said Clayton Davis. This ceremony closes a year which has again been placed under the sign of Covid-19 for the cinema industry, putting in difficulty giants of the sector such as Cineworld, the world’s second largest cinema operator, which filed report this fall.