Tonight, Tonight… We Drop the Oscar Squad Story

Tonight, Tonight… We Drop the Oscar Squad Story

A few major things happened in the two weeks since we last dropped our Awards Daily Oscar Squad rankings. Most seismically,  Steven Spielberg stunned the world with his critically acclaimed reimagined take on West Side Story. Then, many finally saw and loved Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley. Finally, two major critics groups weighed in on the 2021 film scene, surprising with their unexpected selections....

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Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos – When You Want Life to Imitate Art

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.” – Oscar Wilde Aaron Sorkin has made his best film to date with Being the Ricardos, a rapid-fire glimpse into one week in the lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz where everything will either hold steady or fall completely apart. Making a movie like this is a tough sell in 2021 because there are things you have to know walking in. Like the postwar pervasive fear of communism, like the fear of being called a communist, like the real-life story of Lucy and Desi, like the utopian mirage television shows delivered...

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33rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Festival Line-Up

Palm Springs, CA (December 7, 2021) – The 33rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced that the festival’s opening night will be the screening of Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over, directed by Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner, on Friday, January 7. Both directors will be in attendance along with Dionne Warwick. The festival will close with The Duke, directed by the late filmmaker Roger Michell on Sunday, January 16. The festival will screen 129 films from 70 countries, including 32 premieres (4 World, 7 North American, 2 International and 19 U.S.) from January 6-17, 2022. The line-up includes Talking Pictures, International Feature Film Oscar® Submissions, New...

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Academy Announces Eligible International, Documentary and Animated Films

The Academy has released their list of submitted films in the categories of International Feature, Documentary and Animated. Here are the 26 animated films: “The Addams Family 2” “The Ape Star” “Back to the Outback” “Belle” “Bob Spit – We Do Not Like People” “The Boss Baby: Family Business” “Cryptozoo” “Encanto” “Flee” “Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko” “Josee, the Tiger and the Fish” “The Laws of the Universe – The Age of Elohim” “Luca” “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” “My Sunny Maad” “Paw Patrol The Movie” “Pompo the Cinephile” “Poupelle of Chimney Town” “Raya and the Last Dragon” “Ron’s Gone Wrong”...

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AD Exclusive: Colman Domingo Joins Q&A with Creative Team of Short Contender, ‘Leylak’

Scott Aharoni's Leylak is timely and quietly devastating. Colman Domingo, most recently seen in his Gotham Award nominated performance in Zola, has joined as an executive producer for the short film, and he sat down with the cast and crew with Elvis Mitchell to discuss the film's impact. Leylak is one of the most immediate films in this season's Oscar race, and Domingo was anxious to be part of a project that reminds us of our humanity. The group also talks about feeling safe in a time of so much uncertainty. Watch and Q&A below, and make sure to check...

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Palm Springs International Film Awards To Honor ‘King Richard’ Cast with the Ensemble Performance Award

Palm Springs, CA (December 6, 2021) – The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that the cast of King Richard is the recipient of the Ensemble Performance Award. The award will be presented to Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Jon Bernthal and Tony Goldwyn, who are all expected to attend. The Film Awards will take place in-person on January 6, 2022 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the festival running through January 17, 2022. The event will be presented by American Express and sponsored by Entertainment Tonight. “King Richard is a wonderful film that tells the emotional story of Richard William’s...

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2022 Oscar Tracker

National Board of Review winner+/* top ten

Best Picture
Belfast*
West Side Story*
The Power of the Dog
King Richard+
Licorice Pizza+
Being the Ricardos
Dune*
The Last Duel*
Nightmare Alley*
Don't Look Up*
The Tragedy of Macbeth*
CODA
Cyrano
Red Rocket*
Spencer
House of Gucci
No Time to Die
Mass
In the Heights
Respect

Best ActorWill Smith, King Richard+
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
Denzel Washington, Tragedy of Macbeth
Peter Dinklage, Cyrano
Andrew Garfield, Tick Tick Boom
Bradley Cooper, Nightmare Alley
Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos
Matt Damon, The Last Duel
Leonardo DiCaprio, Don't Look Up
Ansel Elgort, West Side Story
Nicolas Cage, Pig
Anthony Ramos, In the Heights

Best Actress Kristen Stewart, Spencer
Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos
Rachel Zegler, West Side Story+
Jennifer Hudson, Respect
Lady Gaga, House of Gucci
Jodie Comer, The Last Duel
Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
Penelope Cruz, Parallel Mothers 
Rachel Zegler, West Side Story
Jessica Chastain, Eyes of Tammy Faye 
Frances McDormand, Tragedy of Macbeth
Tessa Thompson, Passing

Best Supporting Actor Ciarán Hinds, Belfast+
Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog
JK Simmons, Being the Ricardos
Mike Faist, West Side Story
David Alvarez, West Side Story
Jared Leto, House of Gucci
Ben Affleck, The Tender Bar
Ben Affleck, The Last Duel
Adam Driver, The Last Duel
Jesse Plemons, The Power of the Dog
Andrew Garfield, Eyes of Tammy Faye
Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Cyrano
Forest Whitaker, Respect

Best Supporting Actress Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard+
Rita Moreno, West Side Story
Ariana Debose, West Side Story
Caitriona Balfe, Belfast
Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog
Cate Blanchett, Nightmare Alley
Nina Arianda, Being the Ricardos
Alia Shawcat, Being the Ricardos
Ann Dowd, Mass
Judi Dench, Belfast
 Marlee Matlin, CODA
Ruth Negga, Passing
Martha Plimpton, Mass
Emma Thompson, Cruella
Olga Merediz, In the Heights


Best Director Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
Steven Spielberg, West Side Story
Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza+
Denis Villeneuve, Dune
Guillermo Del Toro, Nightmare Alley
Reinaldo Marcus Green, King Richard
Aaron Sorkin, Being the Ricardos
Adam McKay, Don't Look Up
Ridley Scott, The Last Duel
Joe Wright, Cyrano
Pablo Larrain, Spencer
Jon M. Chu, In the Heights
Leisl Tommy, Respect

Original ScreenplayBelfast
Being the Ricardos
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Don't Look Up
A Hero+
C'mon, C'mon 
Spencer
Mass

Adapted Screenplay The Power of the Dog
West Side Story
The Lost Daughter
CODA
Nightmare Alley
Cyrano
Dune
The Last Duel
The Tragedy of Macbeth+

Cinematography The Power of the Dog
Dune
West Side Story
Tragedy of Macbeth+
The Last Duel
Nightmare Alley
Cyrano
Belfast
In the Heights
Spencer

EditingBelfast
West Side Story
Dune 
The Power of the Dog
The Last Duel
Cyrano
No Tme to Die
King Richard
In the Heights


Production Design Dune
The Power of the Dog

West Side Story
Nightmare Alley
Belfast
The Last Duel
Cyrano
Tragedy of Macbeth
Dune
Cruella


Sound Mixing + Editing West Side Story
Dune
No Time to Die
Tick Tick Boom
Cyrano
The Last Duel
The Power of the Dog
In the Heights


Costumes Cruella
West Side Story
Nightmare Alley
Being the Ricardos
Spencer
House of Gucci
The Last Duel
Cyrano
The Power of the Dog
French Dispatch
Dune
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Respect


Visual EffectsDune
No Time to Die
Nightmare Alley
Black Widow
The Last Duel
A Quiet Place II


Original ScoreThe Power of the Dog
Spencer
Nightmare Alley
Dune
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Luca


Original Song TBD

Makeup and Hair West Side Story
Being the Ricardos
Nightmare Alley
Belfast
The Last Duel
House of Gucci
Respect
Dune
Cruella


Animated Feature Encanto
Luca
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Flee
Raya and the Last Dragon


Documentary Feature Summer of Soul+
The Rescue
Julia
Flee<
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International Feature TBD

Live Action ShortTBD

Documentary ShortTBD

Animated ShortTBD

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