Towards an Oscar raid for Jane Campion’s latest film? ‘The Power of the Dog’, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a tormented cowboy, leads the race for the 94th Academy Awards with 12 nominations in total, the Academy announced on Tuesday. price.
Dark and psychological western, “The Power of the Dog” is notably in the running in the categories of best film, best director, best actor, best supporting female roles (Kirsten Dunst) and male, where it manages to align two candidates out of five at the total (Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee).
Even more remarkable, its director, the New Zealander Jane Campion, makes history as the first woman to win two nominations for the Oscar for best director, 28 years after “The Piano Lesson”. “The Power of the Dog” is closely followed by the big-budget space opera “Dune” (ten nominations) by Denis Villeneuve, snubbed this year as a director by the Academy of Oscars.
Next come seven nominations for “Belfast”, a black and white dive into Kenneth Branagh’s childhood at the heart of the violence in Northern Ireland at the end of the 1960s, on a par with the remake of the musical film “West Side Story” by the Master Steven Spielberg. The two directors are in the running in their category.
Netflix already big winner?
With these nominations, Netflix achieves a nice coup: first of course because “The Power of the Dog” by Jane Campion comes first with twelve quotes; then because “Don’t look up” by Adam McKay won four citations, including those for the best film and best original screenplay categories. Note that “Coda”, the remake of “La Famille Bélier” by Siân Heder produced for AppleTV+, is also competing for the Oscar for best film. The comedy will be an outsider against the big favorites, “The Power of the Dog”, “Dune”, “West Side Story” and “Belfast”.
Note the absence of nominations for “The Last Duel” by Ridley Scott with Matt Damon and Adam Driver and for “Annette” by Leos Carax with Marion Cotillard (and still Adam Driver). “Spencer” by Pablo Larrain (available on Amazon Prime Video) only got one nomination, that of Kristen Stewart in the best actress category for her incarnation of Lady Di.
In this category, the 31-year-old actress collects her very first Oscar nominations. She will face actresses who have already won awards: Olivia Colman, nominated this time for “The Lost Daughter” (and who received the trophy for “La Favorite” in 2019), Nicole Kidman, nominated for “Being the Ricardos” (and who had received the trophy in 2002 for “The Hours”), Penelope Cruz, nominated for “Madres Paralelys” (she had won the Oscar for best actress in a supporting role for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” in 2009).
Last actress in the running for the statuette of the best actress, Jessica Chastain, she was nominated twice, but always left empty-handed. On social networks, Lady Gaga fans were offended by the absence of the singer, yet stunning in Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci”, in the list of nominated actresses.
On the gentlemen’s side, the games seem quite open. Only Denzel Washington (nominated in the best actor category this year for “The Tragedy of Macbeth”) already holds two golden trophies. After winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for “No Country for Old Men” in 2008, Javier Bardem could take it to the next level thanks to his role in “Being the Ricardos”. The other contenders have never held an Oscar: neither Andrew Garfield (nominated for “Tick, tick…BOOM!”), nor Will Smith (nominated for “The Williams Method”) nor Benedict Cumberbatch (nominated for “The Power of the Dog”).
The others named
The Oscars will be presented on March 27 in Los Angeles at the traditional Dolby Theater located on Hollywood Boulevard. The rest of the nominees in the main categories are:
– best director: Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast”; Ryusuke Hamaguchi, “Drive My Car”; Paul Thomas Anderson, “Licorice Pizza”; Steven Spielberg, “West Side Story” and therefore Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”
-best film: “Belfast”, “CODA”, “Don’t Look Up: Cosmic Denial”, “Drive My Car”, “Dune”, “The Williams Method”, “Licorice Pizza”, “Nightmare Alley”, ” The Power of the Dog” and “West Side Story”
-best international film: “Drive My Car” (Japan), “Flee” (Denmark), “The Hand of God” (Italy), “School at the End of the World” (Bhutan) and “Julie (in 12 chapters )” (Norway)
-best actor: Javier Bardem, “Being the Ricardos”; Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog”; Andrew Garfield, “tick, tick…BOOM!” » ; Will Smith, “The Williams Method”; Denzel Washington, “The Tragedy of Macbeth”
-best actress: Jessica Chastain, “In the eyes of Tammy Faye”; Olivia Colman, “The Lost Daughter”; Penelope Cruz, “Madres Paralelas”; Nicole Kidman, “Being the Ricardos”; Kristen Stewart, “Spencer”
– Best Supporting Actor: Ciaran Hinds, “Belfast”; Troy Kotsur, “CODA”; Jesse Plemons, “The Power of the Dog”; JK Simmons, “Being the Ricardos”; Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog”
– Best Supporting Actress: Jessie Buckley, “The Lost Daughter”; Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story”; Judi Dench, “Belfast”; Kirsten Dunst, “The Power of the Dog”; Aunjanue Ellis, “The Williams Method”
– best animated film: “Encanto: the fantastic Madrigal family”, “Flee”, “Luca”, “The Mitchells against the machines”, “Raya and the Last Dragon”
-best documentary: “Ascension”, “Attica”, “Flee”, “Summer of Soul”, “Writing with Fire”
-best original screenplay: “Belfast”, “Don’t Look Up: Cosmic Denial”, “The Williams Method”, “Licorice Pizza”, “Julie (in 12 chapters)”
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Oscars: “The Power of the Dog” in the lead with 12 nominations, discover the list of nominees