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Oscar Nominations Analysis: The Biggest Winner Is the — Wait — Academy

On Tuesday morning, seven years after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last announced Oscar nominations in front of the media and publicists (the announcement turned out to be the second consecutive nomination for any black acting, aka #OscarsSoWhite), in person The party is back at the Samuel Godwin Theatre. And this time, less than a year after the telecast of “Slap”Oscars and its near-record low ratings, Academy insiders must be glad they have an audience for the announcement There is some promising news from the organization and its 95 Oscars.

Nominations have laid the groundwork for success

25 A few years ago, the Academy and its broadcast partner ABC followed James Cameron ‘s Titanic was and remains the highest rated Oscar TV ever Rebroadcast — and Top Rated Awards Shows Any

Goodness –forever. The awards show is a reminder that Oscar ratings are tied to the nominees’ popularity, and for good reason: If people saw and liked the nominees, they had reason to care about the results, and if they didn’t, they didn’t.

In the age of the internet, multiple screens and cord cutting, no Oscars telecast will ever appeal again 70 million viewers — Last year, when CODA beat dog power , just 13.6 million viewers, the second-lowest figure ever recorded and up only slightly from the previous year’s all-time low for the pandemic-cut ceremony, when Nomadland defeated The Trial of the Chicago 7.

But this year 11 The Best Picture nominees include several bona fide blockbusters: Paramount Top Gun: Maverick ((.7 million domestic, $1.5 billion worldwide), this could be

‘s #1 movie years since the Lord of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King , to both t surpassed the domestic box office and won the best picture of the same year; Disney Head: The Way of Water ($322 ).4 million domestic, $2 billion global), from the aforementioned Indian Money Machine Cameron; Warner Elvis Presley ($160 million domestic, $322.3 million global); and as Everything is everywhere ($42 everywhere Domestic, $104.$1 million), the highest-grossing film in the history of its art distributor.

In other words, many people probably won’t watch the Oscars every year has many reasons to transfer into this year – that is in Before the Academy and ABC even started promoting the Lady Gaga tune) (“Grip Hold my hand” by Maverick) and Rihanna “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever718 has been nominated For best original song, almost certain to be televised with “Naatu Naatu” in RRR, India’s all-time One of the top-grossing blockbusters ($160 millions worldwide).

The Academy is also in a bad place as far as big-name talent is concerned. Nominees include beloved household names/faces Steven Spielberg (The Fabelmans), Angela Bassett ( Wakanda Forever ), Colin Farrell ( Banshee of Inisherin) and Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere), and Rising Stars Austin Butler ( Elvis) and Ana de Armas ( Blonde ). Also, despite Maverick ‘s Tom Cruise was not nominated for acting, and Cameron of Way of Water was not nominated for directing, considering they are producing Nominees, they will almost certainly show up again. Although Wakanda Forever and RRR Not being nominated for film, the duo are nominated for song again, which means they are top talent and may still be in (and, in the case of the latter , and may even perform).

Most of the high-profile competitions are wide open

Very few major prizes look sewn Yes, it’s sure to spark conversation and excitement ahead of the show as well.

Everything Everywhere is preparing a field-leading NOMINATIONS – ONLY 30 The movie has ever received more — but the film with the most nominations not has become popular in this category in recent years. Based on this voting system and overall nominations, I do not rule out Maverick winning, Elvis , Fabermann , Banshees and even All Quiet on the Western Front598, a German-language film from Netflix, related to Banshees 2nd nomination of the year , nine, just 11 ever Major non-English language films nominated for Best Picture. (Previous version All Quiet on the Western Front won the Best Picture Award 87 Years ago.)

Looking forward to Best Actor hand-to-hand combat( Elvis Presley’ Butler, of the Whale Brendan Fraser, Banshees’ Farrell and live of Bill Nye Both had a chance), Best Actress Cate Blanchett could win a third statuette, but one of the two Michelle who never won, Everything Everywhere’s Yeoh or The Fabelmans’ Williams, who has now been nominated five times , might cheat on her) and Best Supporting Actress ( Bassett of Wakanda Forever is the favourite, But don’t count Curtis from Everything Everywhere or Stephanie Hsu ).

Only the best supporting ctor looks like a done deal, with Everything Everywhere ‘s Ke Huy Quan — and his emotional comeback story — Run away with the prize.

One more thing to note: While we live in a time where it’s like having teeth pulled so many of the biggest stars can show up at the Oscars – even if they was nominated by , but especially when they weren’t but were asked to be hosts – I hope the meeting has a different vibe. shocking

Proxy nominees have never been nominated before, including rising stars (eg Xu, De Armas, Butler, The Whale of Hong Chau, Causeway of Brian Tyree Henry , Banshee Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan, Paul Mescal of Aftersun and Andrea Riseborough of To Leslie ) and veterans (Nighy, Yeoh, Curtis, Quan , Farrell, Fraser and Banshees Brendan Gleeson). In other words, most if not all of these people would actually be excited to be invited to the Oscars , which should be the case for everyone!

Academy can argue that its inclusion efforts appear to be working in some areas

five director candidates It’s Sarah Polley, The Woman King’s Gina Prince-Bythewood , until Chinonye of Chukwu and She Said of Maria Schrader is widely considered a landing spot in the category with location shots), only one Best Picture nominee was directed by a woman (Women Talking) and that until , Queen and she said ended up getting no nominations.

However, the Academy can argue that after #OscarsSoWhite, its concerted efforts to increase the diversity of its membership in hopes of producing a m nominee diversity, have borne fruit.

The film with the most nominations of the year is Everything Everywhere , which features an Asian family as Center (the same goes for Best Picture nominees for each of the past three years, where Parasite, Minari and Drive My Car). In its Four of the nominations were for acting, three of which went to women and three to Asians.

Also, six 322 performance nominees this year are non-white: Yeoh, becoming the first Best Female Actor-nominated female of Asian descent, along with her co-stars Quan and Hsu; plus de Armas, the first Cuban nominee for an Oscar for best actor; and Bassett and Chau. America, therefore, is not particularly intimidated by movies with subtitles. German Movie All Quiet Landing Again Nine nominations, including Best Picture. (Also in that category – also directed by – are two films far from Hollywood, Banshees and Triangle of Sadness .)

No, Tucker Carlson , the old white man will not be replaced: The Fabelmans’ legendary composer HomeJohn Williams, at 92 , Just became the oldest Oscar nominee in history, and his original soundtrack nomination is 57 the third Nominated for his distinguished career, which extends his record for most nominations of anyone alive. Judd Hirsch of the same movie, in 151 , received his second nomination, in the Best Supporting Actor category, a record 57 years after his first (for ordinary people )).

Academy members are apparently watching a lot of movies

As has happened in recent years, many young people are invited to become Academy members The danger is that many people are so busy with their careers and young families that they have little time to watch many movies, which could lead to a handful of films dominating Oscar nominations. But that this loop doesn’t seem to be happening (likely due to the convenience of the academy’s membership-only streaming service), Considering the sheer number of films with a single nomination.

To me it shows that members of the academy recognize de Armas’s love for Marilyn Monroe At Blonde , or Bardo (Cinematography by Darius Khondji

) and Empire of Light

(Roger Deakins), or Mrs.’s costume design. Harris Goes to Paris (Jenny Beaven), although they may have bigger The problem is with those movies. (For context, Blonde just led eight Razzie nominations.) Characters make room well too From critically acclaimed indie games, Mescal from Aftersun and Terry Henry of Causeway.

And, like many in Hollywood, she is very popular and I am so happy for this great songwriter Diane Warren , she won her Nominated for Best Original Song (she hasn’t won yet) – though I haven’t seen anyone actually seen it yet Tell Academy member a Woman of It Like, her tune “Applause” is featured in this movie. It’s a testament to the respect Warren’s peers in the music department have for her.

Andrea Riseborough?!?

Then there’s Riseborough, with her Best Independent Film Actress nomination To Leslie caused a stir at the Samuel Godwin Theater not because of the prolific is the least The culmination of one of the usual events.

Essentially, Riseborough’s movie is only available for a few days , on a modest budget, premiered at SXSW, where it — especially her performance — received critical acclaim. It was bought by fledgling distributor Momentum Pictures, who didn’t have the resources to get it into theaters (only $25,104) or prize push. So, after her manager and greatest advocate Jason Weinberg and from Narrative PR (personally representing Riseborough) and Shelter PR (attending political campaign).

The Riseborough team hosted some traditional campaign events – such as a reception screening organized by Andrew Saffir

‘s Film Society and Colleen Camp — but most importantly, they came up with a promotion that money can’t buy Strategy.

In fact, it started back in October – at Howard Stern shortly after, he was to Leslie director Michael Morris, talking to Leslie on his popular SiriusXM radio show – they and their allies convinced many A-list actors, some who worked with Riseborough (eg Demi Moore ), others admired from afar She (e.g. Sarah Paulson ), watch the movie and then, if they get inspired, post her performance on social media (e.g. Susan Sarandon , Helen Hunt , Zooey Deschanel, Mira Sorvino, Constance Zimmer, Rosie O’Donnell, Allen Cumming and Riseborough’s Birdman costar Edward Norton did it, Norton tweeted that her ancestry “just put me Bumped aside,” tweeted Melanie Lynskey “I’ve always adored her but even for her this is next Hierarchy”) and/or “host” a screening/Q&A/virtual event to highlight it (Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston , Courteney Cox , Minnie Driver, Gwyneth Paltrow, Amy Adams , Francis Fisher and Kate Winslet did so, and Winslet, who is now working on a movie with Riseborough, declared to her, “I think this is the greatest screen woman I’ve ever seen in my life Show”).

Others do what they can to draw attention to Riseborough in other ways: Cate Blanchett Shout out to Riseborough in his TV acceptance speech at the Critics’ Choice Awards; and Riseborough’s To Leslie costar Marc Maron made her appear on his popular podcast.

In fact, very few outside of the Academy’s acting department have heard of or had the opportunity to see to Leslie It doesn’t matter. (Gotham, Golden Globes, and Critics’ Choice Awards are decided by journalists, so those constituencies aren’t being sought after, while Academy Award nominations for acting are decided entirely by members of the Academy’s acting division, so they are.) This top-down event , for cast members only, led to Riseborough’s performance getting noticed and beating Till’ s Danielle Deadwyler, Empire of Light of Olivia Colman , Queen of Viola Davis and others with movies and shows with higher visibility and better funding.

It’s all pretty remarkable – and, I think, inspiring. Many Oscar contenders have famous friends and allies, but Riseborough goes the extra mile for her and delivers a solid performance in a small film that would otherwise be lost.

No one is perfect

I’m not here to say that the Academy and its latest Oscar nomination are without flaws.

Note that the documentary branch seems to think that being a movie with broad appeal is a bad Things (they don’t even list popular features Goodnight Oppy or Sr., they didn’t nominate the wonderful Linsanity short film today 38 in the garden , I think it’s scary) – besides , they also overlooked two beautiful family portraits of filmmakers who are enduring a difficult time, David Siev’s Bad Ax and Ondi Timoner The last flight home

, also Matthew Heineman A desperate portrait of the end of the war in Afghanistan, retrograde .

Other branches snubbed Almost every other award group considered a worthy contender, from Till’s leading lady Deadwyler to Cinematography by Maverick via Claudio Miranda to Living Costumes by Sandy Powell Edit to The Way of Water to Wakanda Forever production design to the voice of Maverick.

Personally, I feel bad about being left out of the supporting cast The FabelmansPaul Dano category, for his understated portrayal of Spielberg’s father with The Fabelmans was just as integral to the success of his co-stars Williams and Hirsch, nominated.

But there are only five slots in each category, except Best Picture, which has 13, so none of us get everything we want – with the possible exception, at least this year, of the good guys in the Academy. 322



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