After a year of scarcity, the Hollywood machine is picking up the slack. While the prestigious ceremony is scheduled for March 27, the Academy of Oscars unveiled, Tuesday, February 8, the candidates nominated for the competition. With ten films in the running for the flagship category of the Oscar for best feature film, against eight or nine in previous years, it is announced this year “very open” according to the Academy.
“The Power of the Dog”, big favorite
Adorned with its twelve nominations, the dark and psychological western The Power of the Dogtakes the lead in the competition. Broadcast on Netflix, the film is notably in the running in the categories of best film, best director, best female supporting role (Kirsten Dunst) and male. In this last category, the feature film manages to align two candidates out of five (Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee).
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Even more remarkable, this film makes its director, the New Zealander Jane Campion, into history as the first woman to win two nominations for the Oscar for best director. 28 years ago, she was nominated for her film The Piano Lesson.
“Dune”, “Belfast” and “West Side Story” in good positions
The Power of the Dog is closely followed by Dunes, “space opera” adapted from the American novel by Frank Herbert. If this big budget film collected ten nominations, its director Denis Villeneuve was nevertheless snubbed by the Academy this year. This does not grant him a nomination for the Oscar for best director.
Finally,Belfast, Kenneth Branagh’s film inspired by his youth in the Northern Irish violence of the 1960s, garnered seven nominations. It comes third with the remake of West Side Storydirected by Steven Spielberg.
This year, no French production is among the nominees in the category of best international film. Five films remain in the competition, including the Japanese Drive My Car, Danish Flee or Norwegian Julie (in 12 chapters).