Category: Oscar Preview

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 30-May 2, 2021

We had no film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 23-25, 2021

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 16-18, 2021

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 9-11, 2021

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 2-4, 2021

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Godzilla vs. Kong

While King Kong‘s various incarnations have had modest success at the Oscars, Godzilla films have not, which is rather surprising all things considered. So can Godzilla vs. Kong meld the two disparate Oscar results into Oscar nominations? We’ll have to see, but as the first blockbuster out of the gate at a slowly improving pandemic box office, that status might bolster its chances.

Godzilla, originally a figure to exemplify the dangers of nuclear war, became one of the most popular cinematic figures thanks to his city-destroying, larger-than-life personality. The original studio, Toho, hasn’t been much involved with the American versions of the film, having produced 32 of their own productions. American audiences have gotten four films put together from Sony and Warner Bros. Of those four, three featured Godzilla as the primary monster. This film is the first where he’s effectively sharing title billing in terms of American output. Of those three prior works, none of them scored Oscar nominations, nor did the other 32 Toho films.

On the King Kong side of the equation, there have only been 12 films, a third of what Godzilla has. Some of those were instantly forgettable, but the 1933 original, 1976 version, 2005 version, and the 2017 reboot, are the most high profile of the films. That first picture didn’t score a nomination, largely because it came out prior to the Special Effects category, which frustrated producer David O. Selznick. The 1976 film, released 11 years after Selznick’s death, picked up two competitive nominations in Cinematography and Sound, and won a special achievement award for its visual effects. Moving forward 39 years, Peter Jackson tackled the great ape, his first major project post-Lord of the Rings. The film received the most nominations of any Kong film earning four citations for Art Direction, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects, winning in the latter three categories.

This brings us to its 2017 reboot, Kong: Skull Island. While that film didn’t do nearly as well as its immediate two predecessors, it at least nabbed a Best Visual Effects Oscar nomination, which it lost. That makes three of four primary features versus zero. Kong certainly wins that match up, but will their fates secure Godzilla his first Oscar nomination? It’s too early to tell, but the massive amounts of effects in the trailer alone, and the accompanying sound design, are sure to be major Oscar players even if it doesn’t ultimately win anything.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 26-28, 2021

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 19-21, 2021

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 12-14, 2021

It seems appropriate that on the morning the Oscar nominations are announced that we have this feature with no films releasing this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Feb. 26-28, 2021 & Mar. 5-6, 2021

Due to an error in processing, this article did not post last Monday as it should have. As such, I’m rolling in that weekend’s releases into this week’s article.

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

The Father

Writer/director Florian Zeller has done tremendously well with his English-language debut The Father. The Alzheimer’s drama features Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman as they struggle with the disease. After over a decade of forgotten roles, Hopkins is poised to pick up his second Oscar nomination in as many years, bringing his lifetime total to six. He hasn’t won since his Silence of the Lambs win 30 years ago. Colman is the darling of the moment having emerged in cinema with her Oscar-winning performance in The Favourite and her award-winning run on the television drama The Crown. At 47, she’s emerging as a hot property in Hollywood, which is an incredibly rare feat for a woman over the age of 30.

Both Colman and Hopkins have been showing up in numerous critics nominations with a few Colman having one a single prize and Hopkins having picked up a handful. The film itself has also been a mainstay of the season with several citations for Best Picture, Directing, and Original Screenplay among others. The shocking omission from the PGA nominations today suggest the film might have peaked too early. While Hopkins and Colman both seem certain, Picture and Directing are even less likely now than they were, though Original Screenplay is still a possibility.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Feb. 19-21, 2021

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Nomadland

I had already written this one a few months ago when it was going to release within 2020 rather than a brief critics-qualifying run. Here’s a link back to it.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Feb. 12-14, 2021

We had three films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Judas and the Black Messiah

Although director Shaka King has absolutely no history with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, his film about an intended FBI sting against Black Panthers leader Fred Hampton, has become a major late-season Oscar player. The film has so far earned a lot of praise. On Rotten Tomatoes, it’s currently sitting at 96% Fresh while at MetaCritic, it has an insanely impressively 87 score. That’s one of the highest of the year. If it starts showing up in all sorts of guild precursors, it could be a huge player.

Apart from contending in the Best Picture category, prior Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya will now enter a huge fight with Leslie Odom Jr. for Best Supporting Actor with Odom Jr. currently standing taller, but with Kaluuya building up steam. The film has a potential for a screenwriting nomination as well as nominations in Production Design and Costume Design. Film Editing and Cinematography are also possible, but we’ll have to wait until the guilds have more input to be certain.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Feb. 5-7, 2021

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jan. 29-31, 2021

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jan. 22-24, 2021

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jan. 15-17, 2021

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.