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Predictions Friday: Best Actor and How It (Still) Drives Best Picture

Last year's Best Picture winner, Nomadland, ran counter to almost everything we know about the Best Picture race. Anyone paying more objective attention, however, knew Nomadland had it in the bag as early as its debut in Venice. This was due to what happened in 2020, in the post #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, and Times Up era that had Hollywood upending itself to revolutionize what was already a progressive and inclusive awards industry. If you've been watching the Oscar race long enough, you know about the "just waiting for" dynamic. And Nomadland's win was a "just waiting for" scenario playing...

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Melvin Van Peebles’ Baadasssss Song

Melvin Van Peebles is the multi-hyphenate who put other multi-hyphenates to shame. Over the course of a career that touched six different decades, Van Peebles plied his many trades in the fields of film, music, stage, and literature. He was an uncommonly gifted man at a time when being uncommonly gifted might have born more fruit had he not been a black man. Throughout his life, he often struggled to bring projects to fruition due to a lack of financial backing that can be explained in another way, quite simply, as racism. That being said, while Van Peebles output may...

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Montclair Film Festival Announces Complete 2021 Program

The Montclair Film Festival has announced the complete lineup for their 2021 edition, including the Fiction Feature & Documentary Film Competition slates. Maggie Gyllenhaal will receive the Breakthrough Director & Writer Award for her debut The Lost Daughter, which we were able to get a peek at in Telluride. Gyllenhaal will also join Stephen Colbert in Conversation as part of the festival's Storytellers Series, presented by Audible. The festival is celebrating their 10th year with an incredible slate of films and runs October 21-30, 2021. For information about Montclair Film, visit www.MontclairFilm.org. See the official release below. SEPTEMBER 24, MONTCLAIR,...

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The State of the Race: How the Oscars Can Avoid the Mistakes of the Emmys

Watching the Emmys was a surreal experience for me. Though many here at AD write about the Emmys I don't pay as much attention to them as I do the Oscars. I was watching them as an outsider who isn't all that familiar with most of the nominees, save for a few here or there. Despite the fact that streaming has made many of the shows readily available, I just hadn't watched them. But like many others, I was eager for things to go back to "normal." But almost immediately, I became aware of that thing that hovers over almost...

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2022 Oscar TRACKER



Best Picture
Belfast
The Power of the Dog
King Richard
Cyrano
Dune
Spencer
Mass
In the Heights
Respect
CODA

Best ActorPeter Dinklage, Cyrano
Will Smith, King Richard
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
Nicolas Cage, Pig
Anthony Ramos, In the Heights

Best Actress Jennifer Hudson, Respect
Kristen Stewart, Spencer
Haley Bennett, Cyrano
Penelope Cruz, Parallel Mothers
Caitriona Balfe, Belfast
Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
Emma Stone, Cruella

Best Supporting ActorJesse Plemmons, The Power of the Dog
Ciarán Hinds, Belfast
Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog
Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Cyrano
Forest Whitaker, Respect

Best Supporting Actress Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog
Ann Dowd, Mass
Martha Plimpton, Mass
 Marlee Matlin, CODA
Judi Dench, Belfast
Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard
Emma Thompson, Cruella
Olga Merediz, In the Heights


Best Director Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
Joe Wright, Cyrano
Pablo Larrain, Spencer
Denis Villeneuve, Dune
Reinaldo Marcus Green, King Richard
Jon M. Chu, In the Heights
Leisl Tommy, Respect

Original ScreenplayBelfast
King Richard
Spencer
Mass
C'mon, C'mon

Adapted Screenplay The Power of the Dog
Cyrano
Dune
CODA

CinematographyThe Power of the Dog
Cyrano
Dune
Belfast
In the Heights
Spencer

EditingBelfast, The Power of the Dog
Cyrano
King Richard
Dune
In the Heights


Production Design Dune
The Power of the Dog
Belfast
Cyrano
Dune
Cruella


Sound Mixing + EditingDune
Cyrano
The Power of the Dog
In the Heights


Costumes Cyrano
The Power of the Dog
French Dispatch
Dune
Respect
Cruella


Visual EffectsDune
Black Widow
A Quiet Place II


Original ScoreThe Power of the Dog
Spencer
Dune
Luca


Original Song TBD

Makeup and Hair Respect
Dune
Cruella


Animated Feature Luca
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Flee


Documentary FeatureThe Rescue
Julia
Summer of Soul


International Feature TBD

Live Action ShortTBD

Documentary ShortTBD

Animated ShortTBD

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