The first stars began to descend on the heart of Hollywood on Sunday for the 95th Academy Awards, where cult favorite “Everything and Everywhere at Once” led the competition with 11 nominations, including Best Picture. Actors such as Brendan Fraser, Angela Bassett, Jamie Lee Curtis and Hong Zhao walked the red carpet at the Dolby Theater, as well as Colombian-American Sofia Carson, who will perform the song “Applause” from the movie “Tell Her Like a Woman”.
Oscar organizers hope to boost the show’s ratings by showing blockbusters such as “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Avatar: Road Through Water.” But it’s the quirky sci-fi Everything Everywhere at the Same Time, about a Chinese immigrant laundry owner battling an interdimensional villain, that catches the eye. This Hollywood awards season has been dominated mostly by Asian films and actors. But it can be difficult to win Best Picture because voters must rank the nominees from best to worst, which is a different system than the rest of the categories.
One voter who asked not to be named said some Academy members, especially older ones, are “more divided” about the film. “It’s bold and unique, but it’s not a conventional film (…) that could well be on the list of many.”
They can cash in on “All Quiet on the Front,” Netflix’s German-language World War I film that dominated Britain’s BAFTAs, and “Top Gun: Maverick,” the popular sequel to the classic starring Tom Cruise.
Competition in the acting categories is very fierce. For Best Actress, Cate Blanchett (“Tar”) is the clear front-runner, but “Everything and Everywhere at the Same Time” could make Michelle Yeoh the first Asian to win in the category.
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The Oscar for Best Actor will be decided between Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”), Austin Butler (“Elvis”) and Colin Farrell (“Spirits of the Island”). The statuette for best supporting actress appears to be between Angela Bassett, the first female Marvel superhero to be nominated for “Black Panther: Wakanda forever”, Jamie Lee Curtis for “Everything Everywhere At Once” and Kerry Condon for “The Spirits of the Island”. .”
But it looks like the Best Supporting Actor category has been settled with Ke Huy Quan. The former “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” child star won all the Best Supporting Actor awards this season, which looks to be a precursor to a stellar comeback.
While the competition is tough, Cuban-American Ana de Armas, nominated for her stellar performance as Marilyn Monroe in “Rubia,” could become the first Latina to win the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Latin American cinema is once again in the running for the best international film award, after a few years of absence, with the film “Argentina 1985”, which narrates the historical judgment of the leaders of the military councils after the last dictatorship in the country (1976-1983). . ). . Directed by Santiago Mitre, starring Riccardo Darín and Peter Lanzani, the film could award the third statuette to Argentina, a country that won this award in 1986 and 2010 with its productions that also talk about the years of military terror.
Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, who already has two Oscars at home, has the opportunity to add to his collection with “Pinocchio de Guillermo del Toro”, nominated for Best Animation.
Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, owner of four statuettes for “Roma” and “Gravidad”, disputes the award for best short film with “Le pupille”, of which he is one of the producers.