Now that the 2017 awards season has come to a rather explosive end, studios are already busy lining up projects up as contenders for next year’s awards season.
Alexander Payne’s upcoming science-fiction film, Downsizing, is being regarded as a front-runner for the nearly all the major categories. Payne has only ever had one film to his resume not receive any nomination at the Academy awards, and is a two-time Oscar winner himself. With Academy-award nominees Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig attached to star. the film would seem like a guaranteed awards juggernaut if it weren’t for its more commercial premise. The film follows a couple who decide to be shrunken down after their lives get out of hand. However, while the film’s science fiction roots have to potential to rub voters the wrong way, with the talent involved, I think its too big to fail.
Speaking of too big to fail, the recent news that Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks have cleared their schedules to star in a Steven Spielberg film following the Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers in 1971. All three have already won multiple Oscars each, and seem like the front runners for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director for the time being.
This years Best Actress winner Emma Stone will look to back up that win with another nomination (her third overall) with her tennis biopic Battle Of The Sexes. Co-starring Steve Carell, who’s recent filmography has been more than awards-friendly with films like The Big Short, Café Society, and Foxcatcher. With the latter earning him a Best Actor nod, this film, which follows the now infamous tennis match between Bobby Riggs (Carell) and Billie Jean King (Stone) and comes from the creative team of Little Miss Sunshine, should be more than enough for both Carell and Stone to earn more awards glory.
Christopher Nolan looks to be going all guns blazing into awards season. His war-biopic following the events of Dunkirk boasts a star-studded ensemble and has huge buzz. Following numerous nominations for his more out of the box work, Nolan seems to be going for a more traditional route to the oscar stage with this, admittedly oscar-baity, film.
Finally, one must look at the blockbusters that have critical praise. Jordan Peele’s horror film Get Out is a critical darling and a run away box office success and is reportedly set to be getting quite a large awards push, having already been screened for oscar voters in hopes of getting attention come next season. While the ambition is to get that elusive Best Picture nomination, a nod in Best Original Screenplay seems easily garnered given it’s acclaim. Fox’s Logan is looking to improve on the awards attention received by last year’s Deadpool and hopefully materialise as the first major superhero movie to dominate the oscars (Check out our review here)
Disney’s live-action re-make Beauty and the Beast is also said to be getting quite the push. It has apparently already been screened to oscar voters, who responded all too well to the film. With nominations in Best Original Song, Score, Production Design and Costume Design all but locked up, could Disney overcome the mixed reviews for the film and push Beauty and the Beast to the glory it’s animated predecessor managed when it became the first animated film to ever be nominated for Best Picture, or will the technical nominations be the only awards glory it will see?
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