Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 6

As the precursor awards continue unabated until Oscar night, I’m going to be providing a weekly update highlighting the films that have won and lost momentum through the precursor awards (and in some cases other outside influences).

The week before Christmas is pretty sparse for critics prizes, rivaled only by the week between Christmas and New Year, which seldom has more than a couple of announcements. That said, a few films managed to pad their tallies fairly well, including The Favourite and Roma while Green Book re-emerged as a major contender.

But, before we get into this week’s winners and losers, let’s take a look at what’s coming up this week:

Week 7

Wednesday, Dec. 26 – Online Critics (Nominations) (Official)
Thursday, Dec. 27 – Chicago Independent Critics (Nominations) (Official)
Thursday, Dec. 27 – Golden Eagle Awards (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)

Big Winners

The Favourite absolutely dominated the last week of prizes, picking up numerous Best Picture citations among other awards.
Green Book added and expanded its trophy case with more citations than it had been getting previously, suggesting it’s still a major player.
Roma has been quickly and confidently adding to its collection of awards, with several picks last weekend.

Big Losers

Widows has to be considered all but dead now. Although Elizabeth Debicki and Viola Davis have been nominated a few more times this last week, it’s not enough to overcome the film’s general lack of enthusiasm.
Natalie Portman may also consider her chances dead. Although her studio has pushed her in support for Vox Lux, that categorization is patently absurd and Academy voters know that. They won’t slot her in support and they don’t have room in lead.
Nicole Kidman has done slightly better than Portman this season, but there’s just too much competition for Best Actress for her to be a considerable threat and the lack of attention she’s received this week doesn’t help.

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