NEW YORK (AP) — Tuesday morning’s Oscar nominations should bring Will Smith his third Oscar nod, plenty of love for Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic “Dune,” and nominations spread across more streaming services than ever.
Appointments to the 94th Academy Awards will be announced Tuesday beginning at 8:18 a.m. EST. Actors Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan will read the nominees live on multiple platforms, including oscar.com, Oscars.orgthe academy’s social media accounts and on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
A largely virtual awards season has added some unpredictability to this year’s nominations, which are happening later than usual. (To make way for the Olympics, the Oscars will take place on March 27.) Among Tuesday’s favorites are “Dune,” Kenneth Branagh’s black-and-white coming-of-age drama “Belfast,” and the gothic western by Jane Campion “The Power”. of the dog.
Campion, nominated for “The Piano” in 1993, is set to become the first woman to be nominated for Best Director twice. Last year, Chloé Zhao has just become the second woman to win this award. Campion’s cinematographer Ari Wegner is also set to be the second woman ever nominated for Best Cinematography. The only previous woman to do so was Rachel Morrison for “Mudbound” in 2018.
Most of the major streaming services have movies to search.
Netflix has “The Power of the Dog,” Adam McKay’s doomsday comedy “Don’t Look Up,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical adaptation “Tick, Tick…Boom!” and Elena Ferrante’s adaptation of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Lost Daughter.” After several near misses with “Roma”, “The Irishman” and “Mank”, Netflix is still looking for its first best picture.
Apple has the deaf family drama “CODA” and Joel Coen’s Shakespearean adaptation “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” ‘Macbeth’ star Denzel Washington is up for his ninth acting Oscar nomination. Troy Kotsur of “CODA” could become only the second deaf actor nominated for an Oscar. The only previous deaf actor nominated in Oscar history is Kotsur’s “CODA” co-star Marlee Martlin.
Amazon is represented with Aaron Sorkin’s “Being the Ricardos,” which can score nods for stars Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem.
Two movies that premiered simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max — “Dune” and Will Smith-directed “King Richard,” about Venus and Serena Williams’ dad — are also expected to be in the best picture mix. With an estimated $400 million in ticket sales, ‘Dune’ could be the biggest ticket seller to be nominated for Best Picture – as long as ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ or ‘No Time to Die’ don’t sneak up. not.
Pulling films released in multiple ways, the Oscar nominations are sure to reflect a tumultuous pandemic year for Hollywood that began with the closure of many theaters and ended with the box office records of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” by Sony Pictures.
In the meantime, much of the movie industry’s normal pace has been transformed as studios push some of the year’s biggest movies to streaming services in a bid to attract subscribers. Movies like “Dune” (over its director’s objections), “Luca” and Pixar’s “King Richard” were among those that went straight into homes.
As COVID-19 cases have increased over the past two months due to the omicron variant, much of the Oscars season has also gone virtual. Last year, the pandemic led the academy to host Oscars delayed at socially distanced ceremony at Union Station in Los Angeles. Ratings dropped to an all-time high of 9.85 million viewers.
This year, the academy has yet to make any plans for its show, except that it will include a host for the first time since 2018. For better or worse, the Oscars will also be without their usual introduction. The Golden Globes in January were an untelevised non-event after NBC said it would not air them in 2022 while Hollywood’s beleaguered foreign press reformed after criticism over ethics and diversity.
Other changes were more subtle but potentially impactful. For the first time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ruled out print DVD screens for its members, who could instead watch submissions on the academy’s streaming platform.
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