This final weekend earlier than the beginning of the ultimate spherical of Oscars voting on March 17 was full of necessary Oscar “precursors” on each side of the Atlantic — the Administrators Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday and the British Academy of Movie and Tv Arts Awards in London and the Critics Alternative Awards in each locations on Sunday — and if one factor is evident in any case of it, it’s that The Energy of the Canine is now the movie to beat for finest image.
Jane Campion’s psychological Western might not be Sam Elliott’s favourite outing of 2021, nevertheless it clearly is the popular selection of many others, having claimed the highest prizes of all three teams. And whereas the Oscars’ high prize is, in contrast to these teams’, decided by a preferential poll of the type employed by just one different precursor — the Producers Guild of America, which can weigh in subsequent weekend — it’s not possible to argue that some other movie is higher positioned for Oscar glory presently.
To make sure, it’s noteworthy that CODA gained the SAG Awards’ finest ensemble prize two weekends in the past (that honor has predicted finest image Oscar upsets in years previous) and that Belfast gained the equal Critics Alternative Award on Sunday evening. And certainly, each of these movies strike me as much less polarizing than The Energy of the Canine, which suggests they may get a lift from the Oscars’ preferential poll. However when three constituences as completely different because the DGA, BAFTA and CCA all wind up with the identical verdict, consideration should be paid, notably on condition that Academy members are usually reluctant to separate their high two prizes, finest image and finest director, and the business is uniformly behind Campion for the latter.
On Sunday evening, some instructed that Campion instigated beef with King Richard topics/govt producers Serena Williams and Venus Williams, having mentioned in her finest director acceptance speech that she marveled on the tennis greats however that she, in contrast to they, needed to compete in opposition to males. However this journalist can guarantee you that no arduous emotions had been evident after the present, when the Williams sisters attended Netflix’s after-party, danced and socialized with Campion and usually gave the impression to be having a blast. If something, Campion is driving increased than ever, having aggressively pushed again in opposition to Elliott’s criticisms of The Energy of the Canine to Selection on the purple carpet of the DGA Awards, and to THR the day earlier than for a podcast set to air Monday.
In the meantime, with each BAFTA and Critics Alternative agreeing on finest actor, finest actress, finest supporting actor and finest supporting actress honors for Will Smith (King Richard), Troy Kotsur (CODA) and Ariana DeBose (West Aspect Story), respectively, that trio has cemented their standing as Oscar frontrunners.
As for the most effective actress race? BAFTA opted to not nominate any of the identical people who the Academy did, so the truth that it awarded its high prize to Joanna Scanlan (After Love) is much less related to the Oscar race than the truth that Critics Alternative voters picked the identical winner that SAG-AFTRA voters did, Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye), over fellow Oscar nominees Olivia Colman (The Misplaced Daughter), Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos) and Kristen Stewart (Spencer), amongst others. This was the final alternative for somebody to stunt Chastain’s momentum en path to the Oscars, and it didn’t occur.
Different noteworthy outcomes from the weekend: CODA threw a wrench into the most effective tailored screenplay Oscar race, toppling presumptive Oscar favourite The Energy of the Canine with BAFTA, though The Energy of the Canine gained at Critics Alternative. Stanley Nelson’s Attica upset Questlove’s Summer time of Soul to win the most effective documentary DGA Award, however Summer time of Soul rebounded with a Critics Alternative win. Japan’s Drive My Automotive gained each BAFTA and Critics Alternative’s finest worldwide function prize, a blow to the hopes of Flee and The Worst Individual within the World. The Mitchells vs. The Machines toppled presumptive Oscar frontrunner Encanto to win the most effective animated function Critics Alternative Award. Dune usually dominated each BAFTA and Critics Alternative’s below-the-line classes. And West Aspect Story, which isn’t even nominated for the most effective movie modifying Oscar, gained that class’s Critics Alternative Award; the most effective drama American Cinema Editors Award winner King Richard might be the class’s new Oscar frontrunner.)