Sunday, May 26, 2024

And So Now, Here’s an Idea of What The Oscar Nominations Might Look Like Come January


This is just a scratch idea. But here goes as of today:

BEST PICTUREDunkirk, The Post, Ladybird, The Florida Project, Phantom Thread, The Darkest Hour, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, Three Billboards, The Shape of Water.  The Big Sick is hanging in there. My two favorite movies, The Meyerowitz Stories and Baby Driver won’t get in, sad to say. Mudbound is on the waiting list. So is I, Tonya.

BEST ACTOR— Tom Hanks, Daniel Day Lewis, Gary Oldman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Timothee Chalamet– with Daniel Kaluuya on the outside, gaining traction.

BEST ACTRESS— Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins, Saorise Ronan, Vicky Krieps– with Margot Robbie so close, and Jessica Chastain holding onto a spot. I think Kate Winslet is out this year.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR — Mark Rylance, Willem Dafoe, Sam Rockwell, Armie Hammer, Dustin Hoffman. Before they moved Hammer to Supporting, I thought Michael Stuhlbarg would be included. Now that seems unlikely. Ben Mendelsohn special mention for “Darkest Hour.”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS— Alison Janney, Laurie Metcalf, Holly Hunter, Octavia Spencer, Melissa Leo (for “Novitiate”– Academy members watch this performance, please). Lesley Manville, Mary J. Blige, Lois Smith (who should be a presenter this year, please) all runners up in a hot category.

BEST DIRECTOR— Spielberg, Joe Wright, Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher Nolan, and Guillermo del Toro. I wish there were slots for Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach, Martin McDonagh, and Sean Baker.

Who knows? This will change, and change again.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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