Oscars Postponed to April 2021


By: Amanda Guarragi 

Since the beginning of this pandemic, the Entertainment Industry has been in constant motion and have been changing dates, for majority of the films slated for 2020. Earlier today, the Television Academy announced, that the ‘Creative Arts Emmys’ will go virtual, the annual Governor’s Balls that follow those shows and the Primetime Emmys will be canceled for the first time in history. Since the Emmys and the Oscars telecasts are both on ABC, negotiations had to be made for the Academy Awards as well.

The Academy tweeted out an information card with the changed date for the Oscars telecast, as well as a change in the eligibility dates for films that could meet the standard guidelines.

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courtesy of @TheAcademy on Twitter

 

First on the list of ‘Key 93rd Oscars Dates’ is the Awards Eligibility. So from January 1st, 2020 – February 28th, 2021 films released during that period, will have a fair opportunity to possibly get a nomination. Seems fair right? Well, extending the eligibility date, means that the films that came out earlier this year such as, The Invisible Man, Emma, The Way Back, The High Note, Capone and Da 5 Bloods will have a more difficult time campaigning because of their release date. The cut off is around November 20th, so films that are released past that date, would normally, never make the cut. So The Academy, is tacking on 3 extra months of content in that time frame.

Second on the list is the Shortlist Announcement on February 9th, 2021. This means that there will be a very long list of possible nominees, that will be condensed in to each category, eventually becoming official nominees. This also means that the campaigning will be very different for the rest of the year. Films that came out earlier this year, should not be forgotten and the hype for each of those films, needs to be mentioned, time and time again, closer to that date. The films that I listed above, by the time next year comes, will definitely be considered a long shot because now all the postponed films have been crammed into those months.

Third on the list is the Nominations Announcement on March 15th, 2021. Every year, the Oscar Nominations day is filled with plenty of snubs and actors nominated in the wrong category. It is always a messy day because films that should have been recognized, usually don’t make the cut and they are almost always, independent films (Honey Boy and Uncut Gems)  that fly under the radar. This day is going to be much different than previous years because of the extension and the bias towards films that were released on streaming platforms or VOD.

Fourth on the list is the Oscar Sunday telecast, now being held on April 25th, 2021. This is a massive jump from the regular February/March timeslot. It is so deep in the year, that it may cause issues for other award ceremonies that come before it. What does this mean for the Critics Choice Awards, Golden Globe Awards and the SAG Awards? How do they fit into the calendar that well all know so well? The BAFTAs have already changed their date to April 11th, 2021 but the rest of the pre-Oscars telecasts have not released a statement.

Lastly, the long awaited Academy Museum will officially open on April 30th, 2021. When it opens, the Museum will be the premier institution dedicated to the arts and science of movies. The Academy Museum will offer exhibitions and programs highlighting the world of cinema. They will also present year round calendar of screenings, film series, members programs, panel discussions and family programs. Programs will include retrospectives and thematic series that present the artistic and cultural contributions from filmmakers all over the world.

Many of us have already made a shortlist of the best films that could possibly be nominated, for Oscars in 2021. There are definitely more films to add but in this article How The 2021 Oscars Will Look, If It Doesn’t Get Postponed, I go into detail and breakdown the possible nominations list for the films that are eligible. There are plenty more films to watch, so it is time to start writing down the list of possible Oscar contenders because it is going to be a very long season.

Oscars 2020: List of Winners

The 92nd Annual Academy Awards were a complete success. The reason why it was a success, was because Parasite made history as the first International Film to ever win Best Picture. Bong Joon-ho also took home a golden statue for Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best International Film. Parasite definitely deserved to win these awards and if you haven’t seen it yet, now is the time to do so.

Here are the list of winners….

BEST PICTURE

SHOULD WIN: Parasite 
WILL WIN: 1917
WINNER: PARASITE 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”
Florence Pugh, “Little Women”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”
SHOULD WIN: Florence Pugh, Little Women 
WILL WIN: Laura Dern, Marriage Story 
WINNER: LAURA DERN, MARRIAGE STORY 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”
Al Pacino, “The Irishman”
Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
SHOULD WIN: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood 
WILL WIN: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood 
WINNER: BRAD PITT, ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

South Korea, “Parasite”
Spain, “Pain and Glory”
France, “Les Misérables”
North Macedonia, “Honeyland”
Poland, “Corpus Christi”
SHOULD WIN: Parasite 
WILL WIN: Parasite 
WINNER: PARASITE 

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)

“In the Absence”
“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”
“Life Overtakes Me”
“St. Louis Superman”
“Walk Run Cha-Cha”
SHOULD WIN: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”
WILL WIN: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”
WINNER: LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“American Factory”
“The Edge of Democracy”
“Honeyland”
“For Sama”
“The Cave”
SHOULD WIN: For Sama
WILL WIN: American Factory 
WINNER: AMERICAN FACTORY 

ORIGINAL SONG

“I’m Standing With You,” “Breakthrough”
“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen II”
“Stand Up,” “Harriet”
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” “Toy Story 4”
SHOULD WIN: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”
WILL WIN: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”
WINNER: (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN, “ROCKETMAN”

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“I Lost My Body”
“Klaus”
“Missing Link”
“Toy Story 4”
SHOULD WIN: Klaus/Missing Link
WILL WIN: Toy Story 4 
WINNER: TOY STORY 4 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

SHOULD WIN: Little Women 
WILL WIN: Jojo Rabbit 
WINNER: JOJO RABBIT 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

SHOULD WIN: Parasite 
WILL WIN: Parasite 
WINNER: PARASITE 

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”
SHOULD WIN: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker 
WILL WIN: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker 
WINNER: JOAQUIN PHOENIX, JOKER 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
Renée Zellweger, “Judy”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
SHOULD WIN: Saiorse Ronan, Little Women 
WILL WIN: Renée Zellweger, Judy 
WINNER: RENÉE ZELLWEGER, JUDY 

DIRECTOR

Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”
Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite”
Sam Mendes, “1917”
Todd Phillips, “Joker”
SHOULD WIN: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite 
WILL WIN: Sam Mendes, 1917 
WINNER: BONG JOON – HO, PARASITE 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

SHOULD WIN: Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood 
WILL WIN: Parasite 
WINNER: ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

SHOULD WIN: The Lighthouse 
WILL WIN: 1917
WINNER: 1917 

COSTUME DESIGN

SHOULD WIN: Little Women 
WILL WIN: Jojo Rabbit 
WINNER: LITTLE WOMEN 

SOUND EDITING

SHOULD WIN: 1917
WILL WIN: Ford v Ferrari 
WINNER: FORD V FERRARI 

SOUND MIXING

SHOULD WIN: 1917
WILL WIN: Ford v Ferrari 
WINNER: 1917 

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

“Dcera (Daughter)”
“Hair Love”
“Kitbull”
“Memorable”
“Sister”
SHOULD WIN: Hair Love 
WILL WIN: Hair Love 
WINNER: HAIR LOVE 

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

“Brotherhood”
“Nefta Football Club”
“The Neighbours’ Window”
“Saria”
“A Sister”
SHOULD WIN: Saria 
WILL WIN: Saria 
WINNER: THE NEIGHBOURS’ WINDOW

ORIGINAL SCORE

“1917,” Thomas Newman
“Joker,” Hildur Guðnadóttir
“Little Women,” Alexandre Desplat
“Marriage Story,” Randy Newman
SHOULD WIN: Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker 
WILL WIN: Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker 
WINNER: Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker 

VISUAL EFFECTS

“Avengers: Endgame”
“The Lion King”
SHOULD WIN: 1917
WILL WIN: 1917
WINNER: 1917

FILM EDITING

SHOULD WIN: The Irishman 
WILL WIN: Ford v Ferrari 
WINNER: FORD V FERRARI 

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

SHOULD WIN: Bombshell 
WILL WIN: Bombshell 
WINNER: BOMBSHELL 

Oscar Nominations 2020

Early this morning Issa Rae and John Cho announced the nominations list for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards. The show will be televised on Sunday, February 9th and there won’t be a host for the second time this year.

Here are the nominees and of course, my early predictions.

Best Picture
“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
“Parasite”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: I am shocked that Jojo Rabbit and Ford v Ferrari pulled through, so congratulations to both teams. I really want Once Upon A Time in Hollywood to win Best Picture because Tarantino is due for a win.

Best Supporting Actor
Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”
Al Pacino, “The Irishman
Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
Brad Pitt,“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Brad Pitt, done and done. Still upset that Shia LaBeouf didn’t make it for Honey Boy. 

Best Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”
Florence Pugh, “Little Women”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Truly can’t believe that Scarlett Johansson has a double nomination this year. Her role in Jojo Rabbit was much better than her role in Marriage Story. However, Laura Dern is a lock for Marriage Story. Very happy that Florence Pugh got nominated over Jennifer Lopez.

Best Costume Design
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”
“Little Women”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: I really want to see Jojo Rabbit win, even though Little Women had great costumes. Jojo Rabbit was really unique and I think it has a solid chance here.

Best Original Score
“Joker”
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“1917”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Hildur. Joker. Period.

Best Animated Short Film
“Dcera (Daughter)”
“Hair Love”
“Kitbull”
“Memorable”
“Sister”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: There is so much love for Hair Love and the short is so lovely! I really hope it wins!

Best Live-Action Short Film
“Brotherhood”
“Nefta Football Club”
“The Neighbors’ Window”
“Sariahs”
“A Sister”

*haven’t seen any of them yet*

Best Sound Editing
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Joker”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: I would like to see Ford v Ferrari take this because it was well done but war movies tend to take this one so it’ll probably be 1917. 

Best Sound Mixing
“Ad Astra”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Joker”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: So happy to see Ad Astra here, I thought the Sound Mixing was great in that film but as I stated above, they go hand in hand and it will most likely go to 1917. 

Best Film Editing
“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”
“Parasite”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: THELMA SCHOONMAKER. THE IRISHMAN. Parasite was also great and I’m happy to see Ford v Ferrari there.

Best Actor
Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
Leonardo DiCaprio,“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Antonio Banderas took Taron Egerton’s spot and Jonathan Pryce took Robert De Niro’s spot BUT none of it matters because our clown prince, Joaquin Phoenix has it on lock for Joker. 

Best Actress
Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson,“Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
Renee Zellweger, “Judy”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Cynthia Erivo’s nomination is a token so people don’t get mad or else Lupita Nyong’o should have taken Scarlett Johansson’s spot for her performance in Us. Also doesn’t matter because Renee Zellweger is a lock for Judy.

Best Animated Feature
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“I Lost My Body”
“Klaus”
“Missing Link”
“Toy Story 4”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Extremely happy to see that Klaus got nominated! It’s on Netflix and the animation is quite different. However, I can see Missing Link stealing this. It’s also nice to see that there’s only ONE Disney property on the list.

Best Cinematography
“The Irishman”
“Joker”
“The Lighthouse”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: I’m very happy that The Lighthouse got nominated for this category! I know for a fact Roger Deakins is going to win again for 1917 but I don’t mind that win.

Best Director
Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”
Todd Phillips, “Joker”
Sam Mendes, “1917”
Martin Scorsese,“The Irishman”
Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: No women…. again. I want Tarantino to win but he’s going to win Original Screenplay and that’s good enough for the Academy apparently. If Bong Joon Ho wins, it would be amazing but it’s definitely going to Sam Mendes for 1917. 

Best Documentary Feature
“American Factory”
“The Cave”
“The Edge of Democracy”
“For Sama”
“Honeyland”

*haven’t seen any of them yet*

Best Documentary Short
“In the Absence”
“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”
“Life Overtakes Me”
“St. Louis Superman”
“Walk Run Cha-Cha”

*haven’t seen any of them yet*

Best International Feature
“Corpus Christi”
“Honeyland”
“Les Miserables”
“Pain and Glory”
“Parasite”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Pain & Glory and Portrait of a Lady on Fire both got snubbed BUT it doesn’t matter because Parasite is on lock.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Bombshell”
“Joker”
“Judy”
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”
“1917”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: I truly think Bombshell is going to win this.

Best Original Song
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,”
“Toy Story 4
“Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II”
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”
“I’m Standing With You,” “Breakthrough”
“Stand Up” from “Harriet”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” from Rocketman is definitely going to take this. I won’t have any other winner.

Best Production Design
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
“Parasite”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Parasite deserves this nomination but I think Jojo Rabbit might take it.

Best Visual Effects
“Avengers: Endgame”
“The Irishman”
“The Lion King”
“1917”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: No Ad Astra or Alita: Battle Angel BUT The Lion King gets nominated…. Endgame’s VFX was not that great but I know it’s going to win.

Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”
“Little Women”
“The Two Popes”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Do I want Steven Zaillian to win for The Irishman? Yes. Does Greta Gerwig deserve it for Little Women? Also yes. So I hope she wins, since she got snubbed for Best Director.

Best Original Screenplay
“Knives Out”
“Marriage Story”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Parasite”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: SO HAPPY FOR RIAN JOHNSON!! Tarantino has this win in the bag for Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. However, it would be a nice surprise if Bong Joon Ho won for Parasite.

LIST OF SNUBS:

  • No Shia LaBeouf for Original Screenplay for Honey Boy 
  • No Adam Sandler nom for Best Actor for Uncut Gems
  • Alma Har’el not getting a nom for Best Director for Honey Boy 
  • Greta Gerwig not getting a nom for Best Director for Little Women 
  • The Farewell got shut out
  • No Awkwafina nom for Best Actress for The Farewell 
  • No Taron Egerton or Robert De Niro for Best Actor for Rocketman or The Irishman
  • No Jennifer Lopez for Best Supporting Actress for Hustlers 
  • No Rocketman or Dolemite Is My Name for Costume Design
  • No Frozen 2 for Best Animated Feature
  • No Lupita Nyong’o nom for Best Actress for Us 

 

All You Need To Know About #TIFF19

It’s that time of year again, where the city of Toronto is buzzing with excitement because of the Toronto International Film Festival! TIFF has programmed such a wonderful set up this year and as usual, there are too many films to choose from!

I was fortunate enough to purchase a package of 30 tickets, which I divided with my closest friends and we picked some good ones! I always advise newcomers to watch films that they normally wouldn’t go see in theatres or they wouldn’t get the chance to see on the big screen, due to distribution and access to limited releases! TIFF has been getting bigger and there are plenty of mainstream films that highlight the festival! However, I like watching the underdogs, the smaller, independent films, that might surprise audiences and end up winning Oscar gold!

So, here are my #TIFF19 picks and these are films that I highly recommend based on the simple fact that each of them are very different.

  1. And We Go Green

The reason I chose to watch And We Go Green is because I’m interested to see how major corporations are trying to save the environment by becoming environmentally friendly. I’m excited to see how a man who has been apart of the racing industry his whole life, came up with Formula E and how the rest of the racing community adapts to that change. It’s also co-directed by Fisher Stevens and Malcolm Venville! I watched another Fisher Stevens documentary Before the Flood a couple of years ago at TIFF and it was well done and very informative. It is also produced by Appian Way Productions, which is Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, he also makes an appearance in the documentary, so here’s to hoping that Leo shows up as well! The best part about purchasing a ticket for the premiere of a documentary, is that the filmmakers will most definitely be there and discuss the making of their film.

2. Seberg

Kristen Stewart stars in SEBERG

The reason I chose Seberg is because in film school I studied French New Wave Cinema and Jean Seberg was in a film called Breathless, this was her defining role, which encapsulated the whole genre. Jean Seberg was a fantastic actress, but it was her life off screen that held the most intriguing and powerful story. I am beyond excited to see Kristen Stewart give a brilliant performance as Jean Seberg and it’s about time that Stewart gets some sort of recognition for how talented she is!

3. Endings, Beginnings

Shailene Woodley in Endings, Beginnings

My friends have raved about Drake Doremus and his ability to really expose emotions from his main characters. He creates these human stories that are so raw on screen, that he will make you feel many things at once. I’m very excited to see this one because of the aspect of a love triangle between Jamie Dornan, Shailene Woodley and Sebastian Stan. Three great actors tackling a film with Drake Doremus is definitely going to be something wonderful to see!

4. The Two Popes

As a Catholic, I always enjoy watching films that involve the Church because filmmakers can always have a different perspective about the private lives of priests, cardinals or in this case popes. The Two Popes is labelled a dark comedy and Fernando Meirelles is a gifted filmmaker who will be able to create a balance between the true story and the humour that comes with it. Also to have legends, such as Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce play Pope Benedict and Pope Francis is beyond perfect casting! Netflix definitely has a great one being added to their library!

5. Honey Boy

My most anticipated film of the festival this year is Honey Boy. The reason is because I’ve been a massive fan of Shia LaBeouf’s for years and have always supported him throughout his career. LaBeouf has had a very hard life and has always been misunderstood. This film is a huge piece of LaBeouf and I’m very proud in the way he wanted to present his story. Alma Har’el is a beautiful director and it looks like she has approached this project with a gentle heart but at the same time allowing the brutal honesty of the situation to shine through. I’m looking forward to seeing Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges embody two very different versions of Otis (Shia LaBeouf) and I’m even more excited to see what Labeouf does as he portrays his own father.

6. Lucy in the Sky

The main reason I chose this film was because I love space! More importantly I love films about space that do something different with the narrative. Lucy in the Sky looks absolutely twisted and I know for a fact Natalie Portman will give another jaw dropping performance! I’m also very happy that I’m supporting Noah Hawley in his feature film directorial debut! New filmmakers coming up with original content and making a trailer that looks this interesting is something I would definitely love!

7. Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems

The dynamic duo of the Safdie Brothers have returned with Uncut Gems. Considering I had a real GOOD TIME watching Good Time because of how different their style was is the main reason I’m watching this one. They’re minds are unlike anything I’ve seen and to be able to create such obscure films is something I will most definitely support. Also having Adam Sandler in a serious role is always a great thing because his dramatic pieces are very underrated!

8. Waves

(from left) Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell, Sterling K. Brown & Renee Elise Goldsberry
in Waves

Trey Edward Shults is debuting his junior film at TIFF and it has already been getting rave reviews at other festivals! I’m mostly excited to see the family dynamics after dealing with a loss. It seems to be a very humanistic journey and Shults has taken another direction for his filmography with this one! Kelvin Harrison Jr has been labelled as the Breakout Star this year and I’m happy I’m ending the festival with this piece right here!

I’ve heard so many different things from Telluride and Venice that I’m really looking forward to the Oscar race this year. My EARLY predictions are as follows:

  • Meryl Streep will get nominated for Lead Actress for The Laundromat AND Supporting Actress for Little Women
  • Renee Zellweger will return in the Best Actress category for Judy
  • Tom Hanks will most definitely return to the Best Actor category for A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
  • Cynthia Ervio could also have a nomination in the bag for Harriet.
  • I would love to see Antonio Banderas get some kind of recognition for either The Laundromat or Pain and Glory
  • A stretch would be Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson getting nominated for The Lighthouse, depending on the traction it gets
  • I would LOVE to see Parasite get some recognition as well!
  • Kristen Stewart deserves to get nominated for Seberg because she’s overdue for a nomination
  • Shia LaBeouf should DEFINITELY get some recognition for his cathartic screenplay for Honey Boy
  • Joaquin Phoenix is winning the Best Actor Oscar this year, there is literally no competition, it is his for the Joker

Those are my early predictions for what could generate some buzz at the festival this year!

For the next 2 weeks I will be documenting my #TIFF19 experience on my Twitter (@amxndasantino) and my Instagram (amxndasantinox)! Happy #TIFF19 everyone and let the Oscar season begin!