In the words of Moira Rose, we have reached the best season of the year: the awards. After a semi-sustained two years of post-quarantine filmmaking, the film’s release schedule seems to be in full swing again. Thankfully, The Walt Disney Company has plenty of prospects this movie season, especially when it comes to Oscar buzz.
Once a company that could only find luck in the animation and music categories, TWDC has a solid lineup that it hopes will help them reap awards, praise and cash. cash. With Searchlight, 20th Century, Marvel, Pixar, and Disney all offering reward hopes, it’s best to be prepared for what you’ll be using your AMC A-List for this fall.
October 7 – 20th century
David O. Russell is back with a crime and crime comedy, his first film since 2015 Joy. A doctor (Christian Bale), a lawyer (John David Washington) and a nurse (Margot Robbie) form a tight-knit trio with a pact to stay together no matter what, even when they all become murder suspects. This cast is always fluid, with everyone from Anya Taylor Joy to Mike Myers to Taylor Swift joining this period piece. While David O. Russell has his fair share of controversy (and deservedly so), his films still earn key nominations. (The fighter Bale won his Oscar.) Initial reviews are semi-lukewarm and Russell’s issues are now common knowledge, but it didn’t stop there. Joy to pick up Oscar names, so always keep an eye out for this one.
The Banshees of Inisherin
October 21 – Projector
Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleason reunite In Brugge writer Martin McDonagh for this gripping story about two friends who suddenly have a falling out. Leaving Venice and TIFF, this movie looks like it’s on the verge of picking up a bunch of nominations, maybe even securing Farrell his long-awaited first Oscar nomination. Initial reviews consider this film a return to form for McDonagh, whose Three billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri was quite controversial for its discussion of race in America. With strong reviews, a stellar cast, and a clear narrative already forming, it would come as a bigger shock for this film to do poorly. I mean, Brendan Gleason will host SNL in a few weeks. Banshees is ready to win rewards.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
November 11 – Marvel
The only nominee for Best Marvel Movie. The only Marvel movie to win an Oscar. wakanda forever arrives ready to avenge his prestige. Of course, the weight of the film will be even greater this go-around with the passing of Chadwick Boseman. The trailer has broken viewing records and the confidence in director Ryan Coogler is palpable. We know it’s going to make money, but the biggest questions arise with its Oscar chances. Will the movie be able to jump into categories it couldn’t tackle last time? (Angela Bassett is being considered as a possible Best Supporting Actress nominee.) While this movie is a must-watch for Marvel and pop culture fans, it’s a necessity for awards season.
November 18 – Projector
If I had a dime for every time I got excited about a satirical look at food, a dark comedy about a potentially murderous chef and kitchen staff…I’d have a dime. The non-TIFF notice shine, saying it’s an awesome theatrical experience and something you really want to see in a packed theater. With an incredibly awesome cast (Janet McTeer, Hong Chau, and Judith Light? I’ll take all three, please.) and a new premise, it’s hard to say no. While broad categories might not be possible for The menumovies like these always have a way of sneaking up on screenplay nominations.
November 23 – Disney
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest is a sci-fi epic that evokes the stories of Jules Verne and the pulpy tales of the 1930s. While WDAS’ track record with sci-fi isn’t phenomenal at the box- office (Atlantis and treasure planet initially not very successful), they became cult classics. Yet WDAS is currently on a roll that hasn’t seemed to slow in over a decade. The Best Animated Film category is quite busy this year, with that of Pixar turn red and the next from Netflix Wendell and savage and Pinocchio looking like heavyweights, but you can never rely on Disney.
Empire of Light
December 9 – Projector
I will give you three names and you will already buy your tickets. Olivia Colman stars in this film photographed by Sam Mendes’ Roger Deakins. SOLD! 1980s England is the setting for this tale of racism, infighting and movie magic. Without fail, movies about movies do exceptionally well at the Oscars. Comments off the festival circuit have been a bit of a mixed bag, but Richard Lawson at Vanity Fair gushed. Olivia Colman has been racking up nominations since her victory for The favourite, so another certificate of nomination is virtually guaranteed. Movies about movies? I will watch this movie.
Avatar: The Way of the Water
December 16 – 20th century
Batten the hatches, it’s finally happening! The Avatar The sequel that we have been promised for a decade is finally coming out in theaters. The former highest-grossing movie of all time is back to create a franchise, and I, for one, am here for it. The re-release of the original in theaters is doing exceptionally well, all things considered, so it looks like the sequel is an almost guaranteed hit. Avatar also cleaned up at the Oscars. Can this become a rare sequel to follow suit? The possibility of acting appointments is up for debate, which hasn’t happened yet for motion capture performances. James Cameron has been known to change the landscape many times, so maybe he can change the awards landscape as well?