Iis the merciful end of another awards season, full of bitterness, reactions and setbacks, which obviously means that, yes, it is the beginning of the next! While the champions for each of the major categories may have changed throughout the season, in recent months they have bolstered the favorites that then took over the awards at last week’s Oscars. This time last year, it was undoubtedly only Will Smith and Jane Cambion who looked like the first candidates, so with enough grains of salt to fill the Dolby Theater, here is a risky, “do not tell me this” guesswork set for the next ceremony of the year:
Admittedly it is not a big bet to predict that Steven Spielberg’s name will be a significant part of the awards season, as the director has won three Oscars while being nominated for another 16, but after returning home empty-handed this weekend, next year you could well see him being crowned once again. Following in the footsteps of Alfonso Cuarón and, more recently, Kenneth Branagh, the Fabelmans will see the director delve into his youth for a semi-autobiographical family drama, an unusually short film for a director more closely connected to a much larger scale. . Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen will play the parents, while the screenplay, co-written by Spielberg (his first credit as a writer from AI 2001) and Tony Kushner, has been described as “very revealing” by his longtime director of photography. director Janusz Kamiński.
Two years after scaring the men who really should have been more terrified in the Oscar-nominated film Midnight Promising Young Woman, Carey Mulligan may well be back in the fight with another #MeToo-era story. The two-time nominee (who was first nominated for Best Actress for An Education 2009) will take on the role of New York Times journalist Megan Twohey in She Said, an adaptation of the best-selling co-authored book by Twohey and Jodi Kantor (played by Zoe Kazan). Describes how the couple worked to exterminate Harvey Weinstein with countless stories of his sexual misconduct. Directed by Maria Schroeder of Unorthodox, which won the Emmy Award for Best Director on the Netflix series, and also stars Patricia Clarkson and Samantha Morton, it is one of the most Oscar-friendly works of the season.
We may have had an unusual lack of examples this year (SAG nominee Jennifer Hudson just missed the chance to play Aretha Franklin), but the music biopic has historically been one of the easiest ways to win an Oscar nomination. The most likely choice next year is British actress Naomi Ackie, best known for The End of the F *** ing World, who took on the coveted role of Whitney Houston in I Wanna Dance with Somebody. Houston’s untouched vocals will be used, but Aki will lead the singer to many ups and downs in what is called “barrier-free” drama by producer Clive Davis, who discovered Houston as a teenager. Director Kasi Lemmons last led her Harriet star Cynthia Erivo to Best Actress in 2020.
Even in his heyday, Brendan Fraser never had the same course he was about to take, a return so perfectly made that he would envy any other faded star looking for a career restart. After a small role in Steven Soderbergh’s No Sudden Move mafia drama last year, the next 12 months will see him starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s thriller Killers of the Flower Moon, reminding us of his comedic prowess in side of Josh Brolin. Peter Dinklage and Glenn Close in Brothers play the main villain in DC’s Batgirl and, most excitingly, lead The Whale, Darren Aronofsky’s long-awaited new film. The director previously managed a successful remake of Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler 2008, securing him and his co-star Marisa Tomei Oscar nominations, and now hopes to do the same with his adaptation of the famous play, where Fraser plays a gay man. man 600 lb. trying to reconnect with his daughter.
Erupting with the horror success of Heritary before securing his role as Next Big Thing with Midsommar’s melodrama, a film that would surely have rewarded a more daring Academy, Ari Aster’s new film has with it a rare sense of strange excitement. . Recognition of the Oscars is easily accessible and maybe his next film, “Nightmare Comedy” Blvd Frustration, could be this. Starring Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix as “one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time” in an ambitious fake biographical film of decades also starring Patti LuPone, Amy Ryan and Parker Posey. Little is known other than that it will last four hours and that Aster and Phoenix reportedly had a troubled relationship on set.
Kelvin Harrison Jr
Another who also feels on the verge of Academy approval a few years ago is Kelvin Harrison Jr., a prolific and formerly talented actor who quickly established himself as one of the best of his generation. While he was charming and musically experienced in Cyrano and The High Note, he has also encountered darker and tighter material in Luce and Waves and this year will star in two Oscar-friendly films, one of which could give him first candidacy. His role as BB King in Baz Luhrmann’s outrageous biographical film about Elvis may be too small to record, but he stars in Searchlight Chevalier, playing Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the French-Caribbean music marvel of fell from the top to the bottom of French high society after falling out of favor with Marie Antoinette. Atlanta-based award-winning author Stefani Robinson has written the screenplay, suggesting it will not be a suffocating drama of the era.
After Apple TV + became the first streaming company to win the Academy Award for Best Picture with Coda (much to A’s disappointment with Netflix’s effort), the tech giant will pursue more next season with the 20s Killers police drama by Martin Scorsese. of the moon flower. Originally housed in Paramount before being bought into streamers when executives cut budget, the transfer of David Gran’s book on the Mysterious Murders of the Indigenous has an impressive top cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Romero, Romero. But Native American actress Lily Gladstone could end up stealing the film from under them, having already impressed some Women and First Cow, and could become the first Native American to win an honorary Oscar for Best Actress.
After winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for La La Land, Emma Stone managed to avoid the Oscarbait curse by refusing to make the obvious and honest choices as others did after getting a taste of working with Cary Fukunaga on the left-wing Netflix Maniac series. . and George Lanthimos for the dirty and strange comedy of the era The Favorite. The latter actually brought her a nomination and she is now working again with the film’s director and screenwriter Tony McNamara, for an adaptation of Alasdair Gray’s Poor Things. It is a perverted, Victorian scene of Frankenstein with Stone playing a woman brought to life by a scientist using her unborn child’s brain and starring alongside Ramy Youssef, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe and Jerrod Carmichael.
The once-famous actor is now fully immersed in life as a acclaimed director, having led Julie Christie to the Best Actor nomination with Away From Her (and winning a script nod in the process) and garnering praise for doc Stories We Tell and Take Relationship drama This Waltz. Her latest is an adaptation of Miriam Toews’ Women Talking novel, which follows a group of women living in an isolated Mennonite colony who gather when they discover that all their men are sexually assaulting them. It’s one of many #MeToo-themed movies coming our way and produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B (the same company that led Moonlight, Departed and 12 Years A Slave to the best movie) and a castes such as Frances McDormand, Jessie Buckley, Rooney Mara. Claire Foy and Ben Whishaw expect to be the main pillar of the season.
While all of the above is speculation at best, the prediction for a Emma Thompson nomination is based on a remarkable spectacle, the magnificent two-handed Good Luck to You, Leo Grande. The much-loved multi-collector (who has won Oscars for both sex and acting) is already a safe bet for the best actress to wink, if not win, for her impressive performance as a retired teacher hiring a sex worker. teach her how to achieve orgasm. It’s a small, somewhat stage film of a location (other nominations, maybe an original script, it might be a stretch) but Thompson is arguably the best ever and with the Academy already by her side, she feels like we’s closest to it to be certified at this stage.