91st Oscars: Screener Watch, Week 2

The week was a bit slow, but some major films made their way to my inbox, whether it’s the box office smash Deadpool 2 or the prime Oscar contender At Etenrity’s Gate or indie hits You Were Never Really Here and Suspiria.

At Eternity’s Gate

Oscar Chances: Good: While the film hasn’t done well after its festival run in general terms, star Willem Dafoe continues to be talked about as a probable Best Actor nominee. If he’s nominated, he could win considering his legendary status, but it won’t be easy competition. The rest of the categories are unlikely, though a case could be made for Production Design or Costume Design.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Jon Kilik)
  • Director (Julian Schnabel)
  • Actor (Willem Dafoe)
  • Supporting Actor (Oscar Isaac, Rupert Friend)
  • Original Screenplay (Jean-Claude Carriere, Julian Schnabel, Louise Kugelberg)
  • Cinematography (Benoit Delhomme)
  • Film Editing (Louise Kugelberg, Julian Schnabel)
  • Production Design (Stephane Cressend, Cecile Vatelot)
  • Costume Design (Karen Muller-Serreau)
  • Sound Mixing (Jean-Paul Mugel, Thomas Desjonqueres, Dominique Gaborieau)
  • Sound Editing (Jean-Paul Mugel, Thomas Desjonqueres, Dominique Gaborieau)
  • Original Score (Tatiana Lisovskaya)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Myriam Hottois, Christian Gruau)

Deadpool 2

Oscar Chances: Uncertain: While in general, the film isn’t Oscar friendly, one element could spawn an Oscar nomination: Best Original Song. The film was an early success, making it a strong contender, but the new rules could hinder its chances. That said, there are no other categories where it could contend and from the looks of things, Fox isn’t pushing the film very hard in the one category it could compete (Original Song isn’t even listed on their screener packaging).
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Shuler Donner)
  • Director (David Leitch)
  • Original Screenplay (Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds)
  • Actor (Ryan Reynolds)
  • Supporting Actor (Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison, T.J. Miller, Karan Soni, Jack Kesy)
  • Supporting Actress (Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Leslie Uggams, Brianna Hildebrand)
  • Cinematography (Jonathan Sela)
  • Production Design (David Scheunemann, Sandy Walker)
  • Film Editing (Elisabet Ronaldsdottir, Dirk Westervelt, Craig Alpert)
  • Costume Design (Kurt Swanson, Bart Mueller)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Bill Corso, Monica Huppert, S. Anne Carroll)
  • Original Score (Tyler Bates)
  • Sound Mixing (Mark Noda, Paul Massey, Martyn Zub)
  • Sound Editing (Mark Stoeckinger)
  • Visual Effects (Dan Glass, Mike Vezina, Mike Brazelton, Stephane Naze)


Oscar Chances: Unlikely: Luca Guadagnino burst onto the scene with Call Me by Your Name, but this polarizing reimagining of the Dario Argento horror classic isn’t the Academy’s cup of tea. The film has a lot of elements that could be celebrated, but getting voters to watch the DVD will be nigh impossible, so they aren’t likely to care. The only person in the cast that could generate any buzz is Tilda Swinton for yet another compelling performance, as two characters, one of whom is heavily made up. That makeup, in and of itself, combined with the period makeup could be a surprise contender in that category as well.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Gabriele Moratti, William Sherak, Silvia Venturini Fendi, Francesco Melzi D’Eril, Luca Guadagnino, David Kajganich, Marco Morabito, Bradley J. Fischer)
  • Directing (Luca Guadagnino)
  • Adapted Screenplay (David Kajganich, Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi)
  • Actress (Dakota Johnson)
  • Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton, Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia Goth)
  • Cinematography (Sayombhu Mukdeeprom)
  • Film Editing (Walter Fasano)
  • Original Score (Thom Yorke)
  • Original Song (“Suspirium” – Thom Yorke)
  • Production Design (Inbal Weinberg, Monica Sallustio, Merissa Lombardo)
  • Costume Design (Giulia Piersanti)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Mark COulier, Fernanda Perez, Panolo Garcia)
  • Sound Editing (Frank Kruse)
  • Sound Mixing (Yves-Marie Omnes, Lars Ginzel)
  • Visual Effects (Luca Saviotti)

You Were Never Really Here

Oscar Chances: Unlikely: Lynne Ramsay is not an Oscar darling and her films are challenging enough that they aren’t like to give the film much consideration this year even if Joaquin Phoenix is said to give a strong performance in the film. It’s an adapted screenplay, which could work in the film’s favor in the lighter competition there. However, the film will have to run the gamut of critics awards to genuinely compete.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Pascal Caucheteux, Rosa Attab, James Wilson, Rebecca O’Brien, Lynne Ramsay)
  • Directing (Lynne Ramsay)
  • Adapted Screenplay (Lynne Ramsay, Jonathan Ames)
  • Actor (Joaquin Phoenix)
  • Supporting Actor (John Doman)
  • Supporting Actress (Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov)
  • Cinematography (Tom Townend)
  • Film Editing (Joe Bini)
  • Original Score (Jonny Greenwood)
  • Production Design (Tim Grimes, Eric Dean, Kendall Anderson)
  • Costume Design (Malgosia Turzanska)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (James Sarzotti, Mara Capps, Sarah Hindsgaul, Debbie Peiser)
  • Sound Editing (Paul Davies)
  • Sound Mixing (Drew Kunin, Andrew Stirk)
  • Visual Effects (Jono Rawlinson)

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