LOS ANGELES – Oscar nominations for a year in which the big box office bounced back from the pandemic will be revealed on Tuesday, with Academy voters expected to reward blockbusters such as “Top Gun: Maverick” for helping to save the cinema.
Tom Cruise’s long-awaited sequel to his 1986 hit was probably the biggest crowd pleaser in the cut for best picture – Hollywood’s most coveted award – but the Other popular sequels including “Avatar: The Way of Water” and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” may also get a boost.
They will be competing in a variety of films, from the word-of-mouth sci-fi smash “Everything Everywhere All At Once” to the Steven Spielberg quasi-memoir “The Fabelmans”, which surprised many critics. but failed to convince theatergoers to pay. top
Other films firmly on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ radar include the Irish black comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin,” Baz Luhrmann’s rock-and-roll biopic “Elvis,” and the Cate Blanchett’s latest tour-de-force “Tar”. .”
“This year has been one of those unknown years,” said Clayton Davis, editor of the Variety Awards.
“I’ve probably put more effort into talking to members of the Academy to try to gauge their interest and see where the race is going than in any other year of my life,” he said. by AFP.
“And I probably know the least I know in my career.”
A major factor complicating Oscars predictions is the recent increase in the number of international Academy voters.
These members were given surprises such as South Korea’s “Parasite” winning the best picture in 2020, and Japan’s “Drive My Car” which was nominated last year.
“We’ve had international features the last few years, and I think that’s likely to continue,” Davis said.
Germany’s World War I drama “All Quiet on the Western Front” made a big splash, collecting 14 nods last week for Britain’s BAFTA.
A contender for best picture might be “RRR,” an innocently over-the-top Indian film that built grassroots support to become Hollywood’s favorite.
“RRR” could not be nominated for Best International, however, as India chose to present “Final Film Performance” as the country’s official choice in that category.
“There’s no shadow of a movie he’s chosen, which is great, but ‘RRR’ is a slam dunk,” Davis said.
In each category, Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”), Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”) and Austin Butler (“Elvis”) are favorites for best actor.
Blanchett, a two-time Oscar winner, seems to be locked in a two-way battle at the top of the best actress category with Michelle Yeoh, who could make history with “Everything Everywhere.”
“She will be the second Asian woman to be nominated for a leading actress in 95 years” at the Oscars, Davis said.
His co-star Ke Huy Quan — who appeared as a child in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” nearly four decades ago — is likely to confirm a remarkable comeback with the recognition for the best player.
The best supporting actress category is expected to feature Angela Bassett, who will be the first Marvel superhero movie star to receive an Oscar nomination for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
Spielberg is among those predicted to make the list of best directors.