Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Oscar Lesson 2024: Why Didn’t Greta Gerwig Get a Nom? Same Reason She Didn’t Get a BAFTA Nom — the International Vote

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For everyone who’s unhappy that Greta Gerwig didn’t get an Oscar nomination today, I have a good theory for what happened.

Gerwig also didn’t get  a BAFTA nomination. But guess who did? Justine Triet, the French director of “Anatomy of a Fall,” who received a surprise Oscar nomination today. BAFTA — repping lots of non American voters — has quietly become a bellwether.

Triet’s BAFTA nom should have been a good predictor for the Oscars. There is now a huge foreign membership for the Academy Awards. And they are voting in foreign films for Best Picture and Director nominations.

How else to explain the big changes in the last few years? “Parasite” won, then “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” No one you know voted for the latter film. No one you know even liked it. But outside the US, I’ll bet those Academy members would have a different story. “EEAAO” was a ‘foreign film.’

This year, three of the nine Best Picture nominees are technically “foreign films” — “Past Lives,” “Anatomy,” and “Zone of Interest.” They are somewhat in English, but about Americans. This is extremely unusual, but it’s been a trend coming for a long time.

Greta lost her spot to Justin Triet. We knew three of the five Best Directors slots were already locked up with Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, and Yorgos Lanthimos (who morphed from being a Greek filmmaker to an American/British one 9 years ago).

That left two spots, and they each went to “foreign films” — Triet for “Anatomy” and Jonathan Glazer for “Zone of Interest” (which I think is ridiculous). Those two cut out Gerwig and probably Alexander Payne. Those two– Triet and Glazer — overlap with the Oscars.

The Academy is changing, kids. You better change with it!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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