A few days have passed since Nomadland became the grand winner of the 2021 Oscar, awarded for Best Picture, Best Director (Chloé Zhao) and Best Actress (Frances McDormand). The ceremony ended last year’s film award season. And that has opened the door to a scenario of speculation about what lies ahead.
Passionate about rewards and unable to control himself in anticipation, CinePOP has decided to book you very premature bets on what you will be able to paint at the 2022 Oscar.
It is important to note that the bets are on the main categories, especially the best film.
Love sublime love
Launched 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 hand, it is impossible to ignore the grandeur of the project and the involvement of Steven Spielberg, a much loved filmmaker of 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 predated the work in Hamilton. In a New York neighborhood, you may have more chances in categories like Best Original Song (Lin’s EGOT seems to be a matter of time), but early reviews for the film suggest it might surprise in the season of rewards.
Cry a man
The return of Clint Eastwood to the Western world is one of those projects that seem to be destined for the Oscars. It’s true that the filmmakers’ latest works didn’t have a lot of accolades, but Clint has always been a big name in the industry. Additionally, the film will feature Clint acting in what could be his farewell in front of the screens. At 90, he increasingly focused on driving.
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 bring the feature into the next rewards season. The film was slated for release in 2020, but ended up being postponed due to the pandemic.
Ridley Scott may not be liked by critics, but he still receives the warmth of 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, a businessman from 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.
We trust Paul Thomas Anderson! The director of Magnólia, Sangue Negro and O Mestre is coming soon with his new project: Soggy Bottom. Set in California in the 1970s, 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.
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 reaches the bottom of the well and his psychiatrist, who turns out to be progressively more problematic than him. Rooney Mara and Toni Collette complete the team.
Don’t look up
Adam McKay emerged in the world directing comedies like The Anchor and Ricky Bobby, but he gradually became one of the darlings of award seasons. His last works were A Grande Aposta (2015) and Vice (2019), two Oscar-winning films. In 2021, the filmmaker is launching Don’t Look Up, a comedy starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence about two astronomers trying to alert the world to the risks of an asteroid ending life on Earth. Cate Blanchett, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep and Jonah Hill complete the cast.
Even nominated in eight categories at the 2017 Oscars, The Arrival left awards season with a taste that deserved more recognition. And director Denis Villeneuve’s new work should also make a lot of noise. The new version of Duna for theaters was one of the most anticipated films of the past year, but ended up being postponed due to the pandemic. Adapted from the Frank Herbert classic, the film stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Oscar Isaac and Javier Bardem as the head of the cast.
Critics might not like David O. Russell, but year after year he’s been around in awards season. The bright side of life, cheating, joy: the name of success … And now it’s Canterbury Glass’s turn. And to seek this indication, the filmmaker will count on the help of one of the sensations of the moment, the actress Anya Taylor-Joy (O Gambito da Rainha). The cast also includes Margot Robbie, Zoe Saldana, Robert De Niro and Christian Bale.
Don’t worry my dear
After having started in the direction of the great Out of Series, Olivia Wilde arrives with a much more ambitious project in 2021. It is the drama Don’t Worry Dear, 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.
A newspaper for Jordan
In his first directorial job since One Limit Among 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 on how he could live a decent life even though he grew up without a father. Michael B. Jordan is the protagonist.
The 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 in the cast. The plot follows the saga of the American football team Samoa, which lost a game to Australia by a score of 31-0 in qualifying for the 2002 World Cup.
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 for the role of 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 soon hit theaters by famed director and screenwriter Joel Coen (Where the Weaknesses Have No Time). The cast features none other than Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as Lord and Lady Macbeth, respectively.
Adaptation of the book of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, which is a reimagining of 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 play opposite names like Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody and Sara Paxton. Directed by Andrew Dominik, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Besides Marilyn, another famous blonde will appear prominently 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
Cult director Jane Campion (The Piano) is coming soon with the highly anticipated The Power of the Dog, an adaptation of the eponymous book 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 stars 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 part of the cast. Mike Mills, 20th Century Women, conducts.
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 brain trauma while fighting in Afghanistan. Back in the United States, she will have to adapt her life to the new limits. Jennifer Lawrence is the protagonist of the film, which also includes the presence of Brian Tyree Henry and Samira Wiley.
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