The 93e Oscars ceremony promises to be the most inclusive in its history. After the victory, last year, of the thrilling Korean film Parasite, by Bong Joon-ho, the Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences continues its march towards greater openness with a work that chronicles an episode in the struggle of the Black Panthers, an American feature film predominantly in Korean language entitled Minari and a record nine nominations for culturally diverse actors and actresses. The #OscarsSoWhite campaigns of 2015 and 2016 finally seem to be having a resonance.
Here’s how to find the eight feature films competing for the Best Picture award:
Mank, by David Fincher – 10 nominations
Where to see it? Netflix (subscription required)
Featured : Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, The Fifth Element)
Filmmaker David Fincher should feel confident with his film getting the most quotes, but he knows that Nomadland has the wind in its sails. Based on the screenplay by his late father Jack Fincher, Mank tells the story of the screenwriter of Citizen Kane, Herman J. Mankiewicz, nicknamed Mank. Gary Oldman, in the title role, could be voted best actor of the year again (he won the Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in The darkest hour in 2018).
Judas and the Black Messiah, by Shaka King – 6 nominations
Where to see it? In theaters or online rental (Amazon Prime, Cineplex Store, Google Play, iTunes and YouTube)
Featured : Lakeith Stanfield (It’s fate calling you [Sorry to Bother You], series Atlanta), Daniel Kaluuya (Get out, Queen and Slim, Black Panther)
Biographical dramas are popular with the Academy, as we think of recent Bohemian rhapsody on the career of Freddie Mercury or Vice on the rise to power of Dick Cheney. Judas and the Black Messiah revisits, meanwhile, a part of the life of activist Fred Hampton, leader of the Black Panther movement in Illinois. This feature film, also competing in the category of best original screenplay, stands out above all thanks to its performers. Daniel Kaluuya (Hampton) and Lakeith Stanfield (a member of the undercover group) will compete for the award for Best Supporting Actor. Kaluuya has a head start, having won the Golden Globe in this category in February.
The father (vo The Father), by Florian Zeller – 6 nominations
Where to see it? In theaters and on Cineplex Store Premium
Featured : Anthony Hopkins (Thesilenceofthelambs, The remains of the day), Olivia Colman (the series Broadchurch and The Crown)
By adapting for the big screen his play about an octogenarian suffering from dementia who refuses the help of his relatives, the French playwright and writer Florian Zeller has offered Anthony Hopkins a character worthy of his talent. The British legend thus obtains his sixth nomination for the best actor statuette. Olivia Colman, in an important supporting role, is in the running for the second times after her coronation as best actress in 2019 in The favorite, by Yorgos Lanthimos.
The sound of silence (vo Sound of Metal), by Darius Marder – 6 nominations
Where to see it? Online rental (Cinéma du Parc online, Google Play, iTunes, Le Clap on demand and YouTube)
Featured : Ahmed Rice (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Venom)
Magnificent work on the resilience of a drummer from a metal music group who is losing his hearing, The sound of silence stands out for the richness of its sound work, rightly underlined by the Academy. But also by the moving performance of the British Riz Ahmed, who elevates the film by the evocative force of his character. He thus becomes the first Muslim cited in the category of best actor.
Chicago Seven (vo The Trial of the Chicago 7), Aaron Sorkin – 6 nominations
Where to see it? Netflix (subscription required)
Featured : Eddie Redmayne (Danish Girl, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Ali G)
Famous screenwriter Aaron Sorkin originally wrote Chicago Seven for Steven Spielberg, but he found himself at the helm of this legal drama which relates the trial of the seven organizers of a demonstration during the democratic national convention of 1968. He thus obtains his fifth nomination as a screenwriter. And Sacha Baron Cohen is nominated for the first time for best actor in a supporting role.
Minari, by Lee Isaac Chung – 6 nominations
Where to see it? In theaters or for online rental (Amazon Prime, Cineplex Store, Google Play, illico, iTunes Store and YouTube)
Featured : Steven Yeun (Okja, the series The Walking Dead)
By choosing to bring to the screen the story of his family, that of Korean immigrants who settled in the heart of the Arkansas countryside, American director Lee Isaac Chung did not expect that his film touches both the public and the critical. Minari could well create a surprise on April 25th. This film allows Steven Yeun to be the first Asian American in the line for the Oscar for Best Actor.
Nomadland, by Chloé Zhao
Where to see it? At the cinema or on Disney + (from April 9; Star channel subscription required) – 6 nominations
Featured : Frances McDormand (Fargo, Three posters near Ebbing, Missouri), David Strathairn (Godzilla, Lincoln)
This film appeals to juries and audiences alike, having already won, among others, the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival. With the story of Fern, in her sixties who lost everything during the 2008 financial crisis and who lives in her van on the West Coast, Chinese filmmaker Chloe Zhao has an excellent chance of being the second woman to win the Oscar. for best achievement (after Kathryn Bigelow in 2008 for Minesweeper). And Frances McDormand could become the second woman to win a third Oscar for Best Actress (the other being Katharine Hepburn, who received four).
A young woman full of promises, Emerald Fennell – 5 nominations
Where to see it? At the cinema or for rental online (Cineplex Store, Google Play, illico and YouTube)
Featured : Carey Mulligan (Gatsby the magnificent, An education), Alison Brie (the series Mad Men and BoJack Horseman)
Carey Mulligan, here transformed into a seductive avenger attacking men who want to abuse her, deserves her second nomination as best actress. And for the first time in the history of the Oscars, two women are competing in the category of best director, Chloé Zhao and, for this feature film, Emerald Fennell. Parity is not being achieved (barely 16 of the 100 most popular films of 2020 were shot by women), but it is a step in the right direction.
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