The Oscars may be more than four months from now, but the season is well underway. Each week we’ll be bringing you a roundup of all the news and happenings along the road to the Academy Awards, including precursors, announcements, and more.
It was Variety vs. The Hollywood Reporter this week over the Academy’s plans for the 93rd ceremony. Variety’s Clayton Davis initially reported that AMPAS will hold an in-person event, rather than a virtual show. That news led The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg to issue a contradictory statement in which unnamed Academy representatives insisted that no decision has been made. Davis later clarified that members of the Academy are exploring options for safely conducting the awards live and in person at the Dolby Theater.
New organization Sunset Film Circle announced their inaugural awards this week, selecting Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman as Best Film. Carey Mulligan was also recognized with the Best Actress prize, while Darius Marder’s Sound of Metal garnered three awards including Best Director, Best Actor, Riz Ahmed, and Best Supporting Actor, Paul Raci. Other top films include The Father, Mank, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Independent Spirit Awards hopeful, Nine Days, starring Winston Duke and Zazie Beetz, has been delayed until next summer. According to a report from Variety, Sony Pictures Classics, who acquired the Sundance hit, intends to release Edson Oda’s directorial debut in theaters next year. The film is still eligible for this year’s Spirit Awards and has been submitted for consideration.
These are the films available this weekend:
- All My Life
- Black Bear
- Dear Santa
- Godmothered (Disney+)
- Half Brothers
- I’m Your Woman
- Mank (Netflix)
- Sound of Metal (Amazon Prime)