The Oscars ceremony, the North American film awards, is scheduled for this Sunday, with Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog”, leading the nominations, in an edition in which Hollywood tries to recover pre-pandemic normality.
Jane Campion’s film, a psychological western starring Benedict Cumberbatch and premiered on the Netflix platform, has 12 nominations and arrives at the Oscars with a trail of awards, namely the Golden Globes, BAFTAs (United Kingdom), the directors’ association and from various critics associations in the United States.
However, this unanimity was broken last week with the producer association awarding the top prize to “CODA – No Ritmo do Coração”, by Siân Heder for the Apple TV platform, which tells the story of a deaf family in which Teenage Ruby is the only member who can hear.
Both are nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, along with “Belfast”, “Don’t Look Up”, “Drive My Car”, “King Richard: Beyond the Game”, “Dune”, “Licorice Pizza”, ” West Side Story” and “Nightmare Alley – Alley of Lost Souls”.
Regarding “Nightmare Alley”, by Guillermo del Toro, Portuguese-Canadian designer Luís Sequeira is nominated for the Oscar for Best Wardrobe.
For the Oscar for Best Achievement are Jane Campion, Kenneth Branagh, Paul Thomas Anderson, Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Steven Spielberg.
In the general count of candidates for the Oscars, two non-English films also stand out: the Japanese production “Drive my car” and the Danish production “Flee”.
“Drive My Car”, by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, is nominated for four Oscars, namely Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Film and Best Adapted Screenplay.
“Flee – Em Fuga”, by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, is nominated in the categories of Best International Film, Best Documentary and Best Animated Film.
For the Oscar for best lead actor are nominated for Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”), Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield (“Tick, Tick… Boom!”), Will Smith (“King Richard: Beyond the Game”) and Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”).
In the women’s category are Jessica Chastain (“Eyes of Tammy Faye”), Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”), Penélope Cruz (“Parallel Mothers”), Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”) and Kirsten Stewart (“Spencer “).
After an edition full of constraints due to Covid-19, the 94th edition will take place today relieved of some restrictions, although a PCR test is required for all who enter the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles (California).
The presentation of the ceremony, which will be televised on RTP, will be presented by Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes.
In order to speed up the ceremony and improve audiences, despite the protests in Hollywood, some prizes will be awarded on a deferred basis, namely in the Art Direction, Sound and Original Soundtrack categories.