Monday, April 15, 2024

Oscars: “Nomadland” Will Win the Academy Award for Best Picture After PGA, Golden Globes, Despite Ambivalent Star


I doubt Frances McDormand watched the Producers Guild Awards tonight. Her movie, “Nomadland,” won. “Nomadland” is set to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

I told you last September when I first saw it that this would happen. “Nomadland” is a cut above, something special, an epic poem. It was so nice tonight to see Swankie, a character in the movie and a real person, introduce the film.

Director Chloe Zhao could quite possibly make history as Best Director, and pick up a prize for Editing, too. She should. This is a unique film.

And what about Frances McDormand? I thought she would win Best Actress. But she’s ambivalent, maybe even hostile toward winning a third Oscar. She’s more or less abdicated. A friend of hers told me weeks ago she’d be happy to see someone from the next generation win on April 25th.

The Oscars are a month from today. Voting begins April 15th. Who will win Best Actress? It’s a toss up.

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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