Sasha ran into some issues today, so I’m posting this week’s Oscar Squad, our last entry before Thanksgiving. As such, the views posted here are entirely my own and definitely do not reflect those of Awards Daily at large, much less those of Sasha, herself.
It’s the quiet before the storm. Sure, this weekend saw the release of Ford v Ferrari, a well crafted and engaging film that has quietly played the festival circuit until exploding in theaters this weekend. You definitely cannot completely count James Mangold’s film out of the race at this point. Critics are behind it (81 Metacritic). Audiences love it (coveted A+ Cinemascore grade plus over-performing at the box office – $31.5 million over estimates of roughly $28 million).
You’ll see Ford v Ferrari slowly creeping up in the Oscar Squads standings. A few ranked it higher in the Best Picture race. Tracy Letts makes an appearance in the supporting actor race for his outstanding turn. It stays in close contention in the crafts races we’re covering as it has for weeks now.
Awards-voting bodies roll out their nominations starting later this week with the Independent Spirit Award nominations (11/21). Then, it’s roughly quiet until the first week of December when all (awards) hell breaks loose with the Gotham Awards (12/2), National Board of Review (12/3), and New York Film Critics Circle (12/4). You’re not likely to see Ford v Ferrari show up in the critics’ awards. Does that mean it’s dead? Absolutely not. This film could be the one that takes us all by surprise. We’ll see…
We don’t know anything now, though. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it from the Oscar Squad!
We’ll be posting weekly starting in December.
Until then, here are the latest standings.