Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Oscar Voting Begins Today, Thursday: Here’s a Crib Sheet for the Top Categories


Oscar voting begins today, Thursday. Here are some handy lists for the top categories. I’ll add some more during the day.

These are my choices. Journalists don’t get to vote in the Oscars. We suggest. We try to resist the enormous amount of publicity and marketing, but know that the nominees must come from movies the public has seen or been made aware of.

These choices differ in some respects to Gold Derby, which I don’t think really indicates anything and is rarely right. In Best Actress, I feel that these women were outstanding. Jennifer Hudson must be nominated for playing Aretha Franklin. How can she be omitted? Penelope Cruz’s work in
“Parallel Mothers” is extraordinary and must be seen. In Supporting Actor, Jamie Dornan is sublime in “Belfast.”  Mike Faist in “West Side Story” is creating something memorable. In supporting actress, Kathryn Hunter in “Macbeth” is coming almost from a transcendental place.

In Foreign Film, “Drive My Car” has the lead. I felt that Pedro Almodovar’s “Parallel Mothers,” one of the director’s best films but not entered by Spain, should go in general Best Picture. It can also be in Foreign Film. “A Hero” also rates in this category.


Belfast, CODA, West Side Story, The Power of the Dog, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Tick Tick Boom, Being the Ricardos, Parallel Mothers, King Richard, Dune.


Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Chastain, Lady Gaga.


Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Javier Bardem


Kathryn Hunter, Kirsten Dunst, Aunjunue Ellis, Caitriona Balfe, Ariana DeBose


Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Troy Kotsur, Mike Faist


Jane Campion, Kenneth Branagh, Steven Spielberg, Joel Coen, Denis Villeneuve


“Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days”

“No Time to Die” from movie of the same name

“Here I Am Singing My Way Home” from “Respect”

“Be Alive” from “King Richard”

“So May We Start” from “Annette” (the only good thing about this movie)

I did not choose the song offered from “Encanto.” It’s not nearly as good as “Bruno,” which is a commercial hit. I think Disney blew it here.



Roger Friedman
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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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