The Awards Season Push
As 2020 concludes, it’s left what as soon as was the peak of awards season in an odd, muted place. As early as June, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started dealing with the brand new actuality by delaying subsequent 12 months’s ceremony from February to April 25, 2021. Additionally, as an alternative of needing to open in 2020, movies launched as late as Feb. 28, 2021 are eligible for consideration in all classes.
Perhaps extra considerably although, the Academy’s Board of Governors dominated movies initially meant for theatrical launch however launched on VOD, streaming, or different means, together with drive-ins, will now be eligible for consideration. Tellingly, this rule is meant to solely pertain to 2020 (and early 2021), nevertheless it’ll be attention-grabbing to see if the Academy can put that genie again in its bottle. Firstly, as a result of with a number of notable exceptions, like Searchlight Pictures and Chloé Zhao’s lovely Nomadland, many of the “big” studio awards contenders, like Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story, have deserted 2020. As a consequence, what’s left of 2020’s film calendar was dominated, each within the public and critics’ creativeness, by streaming companies.
Indeed, Netflix has developed a assassin’s row of awards pleasant contenders, together with Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, David Fincher’s Mank, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the latter of which options the ultimate efficiency of Chadwick Boseman, which unto itself has generated awards chatter.
Amazon, in the meantime, is releasing Regina King’s stirring directorial debut, One Night in Miami, and beforehand dropped the underrated little character examine, Uncle Frank. And even Amazon’s Borat 2 is an award contender for the supporting efficiency of Maria Bakalova. To put that into perspective for a second, a sequel to 1 of the raunchiest comedies of the 2000s had its premiere on streaming… and is now an Oscar contender.
The occasions they’re a-changin’.