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5 Burning Awards Season Questions: Bradley Cooper, Oppenheimer, Barbie



It’s again, child.

As summer time winds down and fall festivals start anew, it’s time to prepare for one more awards season. Anticipation, hope and uncertainty are within the air as studios, streamers and the military of Oscar strategists they make use of gear up for the lengthy slog of getting their films in entrance of voters — all in pursuit of these golden baubles. The 2023-24 version guarantees to be memorable, as it’s going to unfold in opposition to the backdrop of two ongoing strikes, an upcoming presidential election and a newfound spirit of belt-tightening by the foremost media corporations.

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As Hollywood braces for the ups, downs and surprising twists within the quest to win massive on the Academy Awards, listed here are 5 burning questions consuming the film enterprise.

Is it Bradley Cooper’s flip on the podium?

Discuss lengthy overdue. Cooper partnered to electrifying impact with Girl Gaga for his directorial debut, “A Star Is Born,” which scored prime appearing nominations for the pair and a greatest image nod. It fell brief, nonetheless, dropping to “Green Book.” Over the course of his profession, Cooper has seen plenty of love from Academy voters, even when they’ve but to reward him. Think about this: Cooper’s 9 profession noms have been unfold throughout 5 classes and 6 films (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” “American Sniper,” “A Star Is Born,” “Joker” and “Nightmare Alley”).

Properly, he is likely to be including “Maestro” to that listing. Cooper performs producing, directing, writing and appearing duties for the Leonard Bernstein biopic, which Netflix is positioning as a significant Oscar hopeful. And together with perhaps including one other appearing nom to his CV, Cooper can compete in two new classes, director and authentic screenplay. If he does, he can be one wanting the report set by Kenneth Branagh, who has been nominated in seven classes.

Venice was the primary cease on the awards season prepare earlier than “Maestro” will get prepared to tug into the New York Movie Competition in October. However the lead-up to the massive premiere hasn’t been with out controversy. Cooper’s resolution to don a prosthetic nostril — with the pretend schnoz featured, uh, prominently within the movie’s trailer — sparked a firestorm of criticism, with some decrying it as antisemitic.

May “Barbie’s” woman energy use a pinch of “Saltburn”?


Final yr, no ladies had been nominated for greatest director after two consecutive years of feminine filmmakers profitable the class. That dry spell is probably going over. A number of ladies are within the combine, together with Greta Gerwig for “Barbie.” If the creator of the yr’s greatest hit will get the nod, she would be the second girl to get two directing noms. However she might have firm. Emerald Fennell, who helmed Amazon Studios’ “Saltburn,” may additionally get her second nod within the class, regardless of the combined reward from critics. Fennell was nominated for writing, directing and producing the revenge drama “Promising Young Woman” in 2020, profitable for authentic screenplay.

Can something cease “Oppenheimer”?

OPPENHEIMER, Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, 2023. © Common Photos / Courtesy Everett Assortment
©Common/Courtesy Everett Assortment

Christopher Nolan’s have a look at the physicist who helped create the atomic bomb was an surprising summer time blockbuster. And Oscar pundits suppose it has a good probability of touchdown statuettes for greatest image and greatest actor for Cillian Murphy. However the director and star shouldn’t begin training their acceptance speeches simply but.

“Killers of the Flower Moon” is unquestionably a contender after debuting to a rapturous standing ovation at Cannes, however the fall competition lineup ought to subject its share of gamers. On paper, Focus Options’ “The Holdovers,” which reunites director Alexander Payne and actor Paul Giamatti practically 20 years after “Sideways,” appears to have the products. How about “The Killer,” a pitch-black thriller from David Fincher that stars Michael Fassbender as an murderer? Or “Dumb Money,” a comedy about unlikely inventory merchants who make a mint on GameStop that’s giving off severe “Big Short” vibes? That one has “I, Tonya” director Craig Gillespie and an ensemble that features Paul Dano, Seth Rogen and Shailene Woodley.

Will Michael Mann be first to cross the end line?

Michael Mann is again behind the wheel with “Ferrari.” And the life story of a sports activities automobile visionary and his tangled household life is tailored for awards consideration. Throw Oscar winner Penélope Cruz and Oscar nominee Adam Driver into the setup, and “Ferrari” may go the gap.

With a profession peppered with classics corresponding to “Heat” and “Collateral,” it’s arduous to imagine the grasp filmmaker has solely been nominated as soon as for steering, for “The Insider.” May Mann lastly get his correct due?

Can a streamer win greatest image (once more)?

Killers of the Flower Moon

Everett Assortment

Sure, sure, sure. The streamers are coming into the fray with an arsenal of splashy initiatives. Along with Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” Apple is backing Ridley Scott’s historic epic “Napoleon.” With these auteurs, the tech big has probability of including a second Oscar to a trophy chest that features a greatest image award for “CODA.”

To not be outdone, Netflix, which has but to land the highest prize regardless of coming shut with “Roma” and final yr’s “All Quiet on the Western Front,” has a powerful shot at being topped winner. Together with “Maestro,” the corporate has the George C. Wolfe civil rights drama “Rustin” and Todd Haynes’ twisty thriller “May December.” However attending to the Oscar stage might require outmaneuvering “Oppenheimer,” which is backed by a conventional studio in Common, and Nolan, a fierce advocate for the big-screen expertise.

Present Oscars Monitoring
(Sept. 8, 2023)

Finest Image
“Air” (Amazon Studios)
“Barbie” (Warner Bros.)
“The Holdovers” (Focus Options)
“Killers of the Flower Moon” (Apple Unique Movies/Paramount Photos)
“Maestro” (Netflix)
“Oppenheimer” (Common Photos)
“Past Lives” (A24)
“Poor Things” (Searchlight Photos)
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” (Sony Photos)
“The Zone of Interest” (A24)

Greta Gerwig, “Barbie”
Jonathan Glazer, “The Zone of Interest”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “Poor Things”
Christopher Nolan, “Oppenheimer”
Martin Scorsese, “Killers of the Flower Moon”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “Killers of the Flower Moon”
Colman Domingo, “Rustin”
Paul Giamatti, “The Holdovers”
Cillian Murphy, “Oppenheimer”
Jeffrey Wright, “American Fiction”

Sandra Hüller, “Anatomy of a Fall”
Carey Mulligan, “Maestro”
Natalie Portman, “May December”
Margot Robbie, “Barbie”
Emma Stone, “Poor Things”

Supporting Actor
Robert DeNiro, “Killers of the Flower Moon”
Robert Downey Jr., “Oppenheimer”
Ryan Gosling, “Barbie”
Charles Melton, “May December”
Mark Ruffalo, “Poor Things”

Supporting Actress
Emily Blunt, “Oppenheimer”
Penélope Cruz, “Ferrari”
America Ferrera, “Barbie”
Lily Gladstone, “Killers of the Flower Moon”
Da’Vine Pleasure Randolph, “The Holdovers”

Unique Screenplay
“The Holdovers”
“May December”
“Past Lives”

Tailored Screenplay
“All of Us Strangers”
“Killers of the Flower Moon”
“Poor Things”
“The Zone of Interest”

Animated Characteristic
“The Boy and the Heron”
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”
“Trolls Band Together”

Manufacturing Design
“Killers of the Flower Moon”
“Poor Things”

“Killers of the Flower Moon”
“Poor Things”
“The Zone of Interest”

Costume Design
“The Color Purple”
“Killers of the Flower Moon”
“Poor Things”

Movie Enhancing
“Killers of the Flower Moon”
“Poor Things”

Make-up and Hairstyling
“The Color Purple”
“Poor Things”

“The Bikeriders”
“Killers of the Flower Moon”
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”
“The Zone of Interest”

Visible Results
“Blue Beetle”
“The Creator”
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”
“The Little Mermaid”
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”

Unique Rating
“Killers of the Flower Moon”
“Past Lives”
“Poor Things”
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”

Unique Tune
“I’m Just Ken” from “Barbie”
“What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie”
“Road to Freedom” from “Rustin”
“Am I Dreaming” from “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”
“TBA song” from “Trolls Band Together”

Documentary Characteristic
“32 Sounds”
“American Symphony”
“Little Richard: I Am Everything”
“The Pigeon Tunnel”
“Stamped From the Beginning”

Worldwide Characteristic
“Anatomy of a Fall” (France)
“La Chimera” (Italy)
“Perfect Days” (Japan)
“The Teachers Lounge” (Germany)
“The Zone of Interest” (United Kingdom)

Prime 3 Nomination Leaders Monitoring (Movie)

  1. “Barbie” and “Killers of the Flower Moon” – 12
  2. “Oppenheimer” and “Poor Things” – 11
  3. “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” and “The Zone of Interest” – 6

Prime 3 Nomination Leaders Monitoring (Studios)

  1. Warner Bros. — 15
  2. Apple Unique Movies — 13
  3. Netflix and Searchlight — 12

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