I’ve been saying this for months. Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” will win Best Picture next March. It releases on December 10th. The new trailer is sensational. What Spielberg has done is honor the stage musical and film with his own reverential take on the material. You can see it in this trailer.
Everyone looks terrific from Ansel Elgort (Tony) and Rachel Zegler (María) to Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); Ana Isabelle (Rosalía); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); and Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works). I want to see Brian d’Arcy James nominated as Best Supporting Actor. He’s going to be amazing.
Tony Kushner wrote the screenplay, so you know we’re in good hands. And look at the cinematography from two time Oscar winner Janusz Kaminski. You can already tell he’s got the whole thing very right. What sold me? The neon Gimbel’s sign. Nothing says 1957 like Gimbel’s in New York!
Last year the Academy went for small and intimate with “Nomadland.” This year, I predict they’re going to big, a welcome back to movies, with “West Side Story.” We need this one!