Not long has passed since Nomadland became the overall winner of the 2021 Oscar, awarded for Best Picture, Best Director (Chloe Zhao) and Best Actress (Frances McDormand). The ceremony closed last year’s film awards season. And that has opened the door to a scenario of speculation about what will come next.
Passionate about rewards and unable to control the wait, CinePOP has decided to part with some very premature bets on what the Oscar 2022 can paint.
It is important to note that bets are tied to major categories including Best Picture.
Love sublimates love
Released in 1961, the original version of West Side Story won no less than 10 Oscar statuettes, including Best Picture. If on the one hand the lack of originality can be detrimental, on the other it is impossible to ignore the size of the project and the involvement of Steven Spielberg, a filmmaker much appreciated by the Academy.
In a neighborhood of New York
Another musical that promises to make some noise. The film is an adaptation of In the Heights, a play by Lin-Manuel Miranda that predates the work in Hamilton. In a New York neighborhood, it may have better chances in categories like Best Original Song (Lin’s EGOT seems to be a matter of time), but early reviews for the film point out that it can indeed surprise when awards season.
Clint Eastwood’s return to the Western world is one of those projects that seemingly destined for an Oscar. It’s true that the filmmakers’ latest work didn’t go through a lot of accolades, but Clint has always been a big name in the industry. Overall, the film will feature Clint acting in what could be his on-screen farewell. At 90, he focused more and more on directing.
The French dispatch
Directed by Wes Anderson and starring Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Saoirse Ronan, Benicio Del Toro, Timothée Chalamet and Adrien Brody. That alone seems enough to put the feature film on the next awards season. The film was slated to open in 2020, but has been delayed due to the pandemic.
Ridley Scott may not be loved by critics, but he has always been cherished by the Academy. The four-time Oscar nominated director is coming up with a new project in 2021. And it’s not just any project. House of Gucci tells the story of the murder of Maurizio Gucci, an entrepreneur in the world of Gucci fashion. The crime was orchestrated by his ex-wife. In the cast, names like Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino and Jared Leto.
In Paul Thomas Anderson we trust! The director of Magnolia, Sangue Negro and O Mestre is coming soon with his new project: Soggy Bottom. Set in 1970s California, the film follows a high school student who is also a successful child actor. The cast includes Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie and Cooper Hoffman, sons of the great Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Alley of nightmares
First film directed by Guillermo del Toro after The Shape of Water, winner of four statuettes at the Oscars. Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett are leading the cast for the new project. They live the two protagonists: a crook who touches the bottom and his psychiatrist, who is revealed little by little more problematic than him. Rooney Mara and Toni Collette round out the team.
Do not seek
Adam McKay has appeared in the world directing comedies such as The Anchor and Ricky Bobby, but has gradually become one of the darlings of award seasons. His latest works are A Grande Aposta (2015) and Vice (2019), two Oscar-winning films. In 2021, the filmmaker is releasing Don’t Look Up, a comedy starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence about two astronomers trying to warn the world of the risks an asteroid could end life on Earth. Cate Blanchett, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep and Jonah Hill complete the cast.
Even nominated in eight categories at the 2017 Oscar, A Chegada left the awards season with a taste that deserved more recognition. And the new work by director Denis Villeneuve should also arrive with a lot of noise. The new film version of Dune was one of the most anticipated films of the past year, but has been delayed due to the pandemic. Adapted from a Frank Herbert classic, the film stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Oscar Isaac and Javier Bardem leading the cast.
Critics might not like David O. Russell, but year after year he’s been in awards season. The good side of life, cheating, joy: the name of success… And now it’s Canterbury Glass’s turn. And to apply for this nomination, the filmmaker will have the help of one of the sensations of the moment, the actress Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit). The cast also includes Margot Robbie, Zoe Saldana, Robert De Niro and Christian Bale.
Don’t worry my dear
After making her directorial debut with the great Out of Series, Olivia Wilde arrives with a much more ambitious project in 2021. It is the drama Don’t Worry Darling, with Florence Pugh and Harry Styles as protagonists. The drama with elements of suspense tells the story of a housewife from the 1950s who lives in a utopian community with her husband. Gradually, she begins to suspect that the company for which he works has terrible secrets.
The Journal for Jordan
In his directorial debut since A Limit Between Us (2016), which received four Oscar nominations, Denzel Washington now tells the story of Sergeant Charles Monroe King. Before being killed in the Iraq War, he wrote a diary for his son explaining how he could lead a decent life even growing up without a father. Michael B. Jordan is the protagonist.
Next goal wins
Fiction adaptation of the documentary O Next Gol Leva (2014). Directed by Taika Waititi, the film stars Elisabeth Moss, Michael Fassbender and Armie Hammer. The plot follows the saga of the American Samoa football team, which lost a game to Australia by a score of 31-0 in the 2002 World Cup qualifiers.
Drama that explores the success of tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, highlighting the importance of father and trainer Richard Williams. Will Smith was cast as Richard and stars alongside Jon Bernthal, Dylan McDermott, Tony Goldwyn and Aunjanue Ellis. The direction is by Reinaldo Marcus Green.
William Shakespeare’s classic play will hit theaters soon from cult director and screenwriter Joel Coen (Where the Weak Don’t Turn). The cast features none other than Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as Lord and Lady Macbeth, respectively.
Adaptation of the eponymous book by Joyce Carol Oates, which reinvents the personal and professional life of Norma Jeane Baker, better known as Marilyn Monroe. Ana de Armas has been chosen to play Marilyn and will feature opposing names such as Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody and Sara Paxton. It is directed by Andrew Dominik from The Assassination of Jesse James by the Cowardly Robert Ford.
Besides Marilyn, another famous blonde will appear on the screens in 2021. Spencer, by Pablo Larraín, will tell part of the story of Princess Diana, in particular the period when she decides to part ways with Prince Charles. Lady Di will be played by none other than Kristen Stewart. The director is the same as Jackie, biopic of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
The power of the dog
Famous director Jane Campion (The Piano) is arriving soon with the highly anticipated The Power of the Dog, an adaptation of the eponymous book written by Thomas Savage. The plot follows the relationship of two brothers who share a ranch, and who come into conflict when one of them decides to get married. Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons form the main trio.
go! Come on
New film from producer A24, C’mon C’mon features Joaquin Phoenix as a middle-aged artist who sets out on a trip across the country with his young nephew. Gaby Hoffmann and Jaboukie Young-White are also in the cast. Mike Mills is directed by 20th Century Women.
Red, White and Water
Another A24 production. After working on the Room 104 series, director Lila Neugebauer made her debut with Red, White and Water. The drama follows the saga of a US Army officer who suffers from a severe head trauma while fighting in Afghanistan. Back in the United States, she will have to adjust her life to new limitations. Jennifer Lawrence is the protagonist of the film, which also has the presence of Brian Tyree Henry and Samira Wiley.
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