Hundreds of movies were released on all kinds of platforms in the last year. But if you tend to look back at a particular year of Hollywood because of the recognition of the Academy Awards, 2022 could be a relatively mediocre year for movies.
To their credit, the 95th Annual Oscar nominations reflect the breadth of the industry, from audience-pleasing giant blockbusters like Avatar: Path of Water and Top Gun: Maverick. Box office successes worldwide – to critical nods to little-seen smaller films heralded by groups of critics, including the star of ‘Aftersun’ and ‘To Leslie’.
After winning the last two Best Picture awards for Hulu’s ‘Nomadland’ and Apple TV+’s ‘CODA’, streaming is also making waves again as reluctance to be fully accepted on the awards table steadily wears off. caused
Still, many of the movies with the best picture cuts this year have seen ‘Banshees of Inishelin’ seemingly pale next to director Martin McDonagh’s more famous work, with the biopic ‘Elvis’ overcoming its overkill. I felt clearly flawed, such as I had to. -Top aspects including Tom Hanks’ Razzie acknowledged supporting role.
It’s an observation rarely heard from media outlets caught up in the horse-racing aspect of Oscar fever, and nominees speaking out about the state of the movie business, which has undergone disastrous changes.
Specifically, this year’s nominations are a reflection of the changes brought about by the advent of streaming and home viewing, as well as the temporary closure of theaters, helping much of the theater audience evaporate into these kinds of characters. The movie-driven films that traditionally dominate the Oscar race.
On the plus side, nominations – big and small, theatrical and streaming, sequels and decidedly originals – may, in the final analysis, be the best vehicle for increasing industry interest. , struggles with ratings with its lesser-known siblings.
In that context, the perceptions of “Avatar” and “Top Gun” are ironically used as bait to help lure people into tents, or as simple appreciation for a job well done and the tradition of watching theatrical movies. You can see that it helps you stay alive. .
Other key or notable takeaways from this year’s nominees:
Oscar voters saw some underwhelming films and recognized the actor. It’s like he’s the MVP player on the losing team.
It included portrayals of entertainment icons such as Austin Butler’s eerie roles as Elvis Presley and Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe. So are Brendan Fraser’s captivating performances in “The Whale” and perhaps Cate Blanchett as the haughty conductor of “Tar.”
The year’s most nominated film turned out to be one of the most ambitious and sometimes bizarre, so much so that the Academy’s pudgier quadrant “everything at once, everywhere” and “getting it all at once.” Speculation abounded as to why. – Dog fingers and anthropomorphic rocks. Apparently, there were enough of them.
What’s more, ‘Everything Everywhere’ finds a sweet spot between effects-driven flashy production and character-driven story, finding a solid foothold at the box office that missed out on many of this year’s nominees. .
Speaking of streaming, Netflix has never quite matched its flashy advances in recent years, but considering the German films it endorsed, important nominations for films like All Quiet on the Western Front and Blondes. and still made a fuss. and “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” – all titles likely to have been seen by more voters due to the reach of the platform.
Spielberg’s highly personal film memoir ‘Favellman’s’ earned him his ninth Best Director nomination, joining Martin Scorsese as the only living director to achieve that milestone. .
Williams, Spielberg’s favorite composer, is also 90 years old and joins the staggering record of 53 Academy Award nominations.
Spielberg has already directed two Oscars for “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Saving Private Ryan” (although the latter didn’t win Best Picture). His Director’s Origin Another of his story equivalents is a sentimental capper to the 76-year-old director’s illustrious career.
In the year that producer Harvey Weinstein’s looting was brought to the screen with “She Said,” an understated film about the abuse of its female residents, “Women Talking,” topped Best Picture. of the modern cult. Still, while there was room for “Woman Talking,” there wasn’t room for a woman to direct, at least among this year’s nominees in that category.