spotlight on the ten films competing for the award for best feature film

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The highlight of the night, the Oscar for Best Picture will be awarded to one of ten feature films in the competition. Between the dark psychological western, the Japanese meditation on grief, the musical comedy or the epic space opera between the desert and the giant worms, the voters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who award these trophies were spoiled for choice. 94 edition.

Here are the movies in the running, in alphabetical order to avoid making anyone jealous:

“Belfast”

The shortest and most intimate film among the candidates, Belfastinspired
to Kenneth Branagh through his childhood in the Northern Ireland violence of the late 1960s, he has long been considered one of the heavyweights of this edition. He describes these “issues” that are tearing the Catholic and Protestant communities apart from the point of view of a nine-year-old boy whose daily life and peaceful working-class neighborhood are suddenly upended by this outburst of violence.
Buddy does not quite understand what is happening on his street but one thing is clear, he does not want to leave the only place he has known and where he has all his friends. B.elfast It won a respectable number of awards this season, but seemed to have lost some of its momentum heading into the Oscars.

“CODA”

Another intimate family drama, CODA follows a high school student, Ruby, a hearing girl
from a modest family of fishermen, whose other members, parents and brother, are deaf. The film is an adaptation of the French hit the aries family but unlike the original, in this remake the main roles are played by professional actors who are actually also deaf. Much of the dialogue is in sign language, which the actress who plays Ruby (Emilia Jones) and director Sian Heder learned for the occasion.

Celebrated for this authentic representation of disability, CODA it has also seduced a growing number of viewers with its emotional charge and the complexity of Ruby’s relationship with her family, very loving but totally dependent on her to interact with the world of hearing people. Still considered a little minnow in recent weeks, CODA he slowly established himself as a potential winner by successively winning the American Actors Guild Award (SAG Awards) and then the Producers Association (PGA) award.

“Don’t Look Up: Cosmic Denial”

A scathing parable about the climate crisis, Don’t Look Up: Cosmic Denial East
Undoubtedly the film that this year lined up the largest number of stars. Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and Ariana Grande are among the stars at risk of being wiped off the face of the Earth by a comet hurtling towards our planet, in almost general indifference.

The film directed by Adam McKay was one of the most viewed in history in the
Netflix platform but its scathing criticism of the passivity of our society and
of the incompetence of political leaders received a mixed reception.

“drive my car”

With almost three hours of footage, the Japanese drama drive my car is the longest running film in the category, a slow and subtle work on pain and grief inspired by three short stories by Haruki Murakami. drive my car conquered moviegoers, garnering numerous awards from professional critics, and confirmed that subtitles are no longer an obstacle in Hollywood, like the South Korean film Parasite He had already shown it two years ago when he was crowned at the Oscars.
Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s film should win the best international film category but seems to have little chance for the Oscar for best feature film.

“Dune”

The cool sci-fi epic is the financial heavyweight of this edition: it grossed more than $400 million at the worldwide box office, against $220 million in total for its nine opponents combined. Conceived from the start by director Denis Villeneuve to include a sequel, Dune faithfully takes up the plot of the first part of the novel written by Frank Herbert in 1965.

In this interplanetary saga, aristocratic families and unscrupulous tycoons vie for control of the “spice”, a mysterious mixture essential to space travel but that only grows on an inhospitable planet, completely covered in burning sands and traversed by fearsome giant worms. The film is selected mainly in the technical categories (special effects, sets, photography, etc.) and suffers from a major handicap: no science fiction work has yet triumphed at the Oscars since its creation in 1929, despite phenomena such as 2001 a space odyssey or the saga Star Wars.

“The Williams Method”

The Williams Method is a biopic about the incredible rise of tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams, starring the ever-popular Will Smith as their father, Coach Richard. This winning cocktail won over a huge number of fans. Will Smith gives a nuanced performance in a film that focuses more on this extraordinary family than the simple sporting exploits of the Williams sisters, while avoiding too many clichés.

If it doesn’t win in the best feature film category, The Williams Method At least he has a good shot at giving Will Smith an Oscar.

“Liquorice Pizza”

Paul Thomas Anderson, the screenwriter and director behind There will be
Blood and boogie nightsShe is one of the darlings of Hollywood. In her latest film, she pays homage to the San Fernando Valley where she grew up, north of Los Angeles, with the red thread of an unlikely encounter between a slightly lost young woman and an enterprising high school student. Exploring a series of retro postcards from the 1970s, licorice pizza offers a slightly incoherent, dreamy, nostalgic, neon-lit collection of sketches, but one that, even for fans of Paul Thomas Anderson, isn’t quite on the level of his previous films.

“Alley of Nightmares”

Another film by a renowned filmmaker that doesn’t keep all its promises, nightmare alley certainly manages to suck the viewer into a macabre carnivalesque atmosphere with a careful and stylized staging. But this very dark film directed by Guillermo del Toro, about a mentalist who uses his tricks to swindle rich clients, should not repeat the feat of the Mexican director’s previous film, the shape of waterwhich had triumphed at the Oscars.

“The Power of the Dog”

Since its presentation last September at the Venice Film Festival, the western
The dark and psychological Jane Campion is considered the favorite. Adapted from a novel by Thomas Savage, the power of the dog depicts the harmful masculinity of cowboys unable to come to terms with their sexuality in 1920s Montana.

The film competes in twelve categories at the Oscars and has won the most trophies awarded by Hollywood professionals and critics. Between its stars, led by Benedict Cumberbatch, its grandiose New Zealand landscapes, its suspenseful plot, and its unspoken meaning, the film ticks almost every box for an Oscar winner.

But its slow pace and ambiguities left some voters cold. However, the strange multi-round “preferential” voting system that the Oscars use for this category tends to favor consensus films, which could cost the favorite the victory.

“Westside Story”

Steven Spielberg’s decision to remake the most Oscar-winning musical had left many stumped when it was announced.
And while the film garnered rave reviews upon release, some still wonder why the legendary director made such a decision. Fan West Side Story From childhood, Spielberg insisted on keeping the narrative in its original setting, 1950s New York. He was still careful to avoid all the cultural clichés of the original by involving Latin American actors and adding dialogue in Spanish, without subtitles. The performance of Ariana DeBose, who assumes the leading role of Anita, was unanimous and she should give her the Oscar for best supporting actress, but West Side Story is an outsider for the trophy for best feature film.

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