Never before has the movie scene been so bleak and lonely that we have to ask the question: will the next Oscar have any nominations?
Only more than 3 months left and 2020 will end, a year when the world suffers from many disasters and epidemics. One of the industries most affected by the year was the film industry: movies are delayed continuously, production also has many obstacles that cause big losses. Even when the box office reopened with Tenet, The New Mutants or Mulan, the public response was not as expected. This raises the question, will 2020 bring us a decent and engaging film yet? And the upcoming Oscar will have enough potential candidates to award the award?
An easy Oscar season?
Oscar 2020 ends with the glorious victory of the Korean film Parasite, making the world admire the whole world. But so far, not a single film has reached the level of Parasite or its rival Joker or Marriage Story.
It can be seen that most of the works released in 2020 are in the form of action movies, thriller, or cartoon. Whether there are critically acclaimed works like Universal’s The Invisible Man, Netflix’s Da 5 Bloods, or Sony’s The Father, they all don’t make a big splash and are enjoyed by the vast majority of the public. The audience can see how big the movie situation this year is when Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey – Warner Bros. is still standing in the top 3 movies this year.
Months after theaters were missing new names, the appearance of a few blockbusters made many people expect a Hollywood revival, but things weren’t quite as good.
All attention is on Tenet – the film with a terrible budget of 225 million dollars by the famous director Christopher Nolan. However, expect much to be disappointed. Tenet received mixed feedback from the majority of critics or even audiences with overly complicated content and a layer of meaning that the message was not outstanding. Mulan debuted later in the hearts of Western professionals, but was mercilessly thrown out in China and other Asian countries because of the grossness in the film’s content and culture. Antebellum – the horror movie is expected to have Rotten Tomatoes score of 34%, enough to know how bad it is. The New Mutants is like a joke no one wants to remember.
One of the names this year is formidable director Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch with the participation of a star cast: Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Bill Murray and “baby peach” Timothée Chalamet. However, Disney has chosen to postpone the release of the film indefinitely because of the epidemic.
Therefore, it can be predicted that the upcoming Oscar will be a “easy to play easy to win” season when there is no one work that is really outstanding or breakthrough.
Still a glimmer of hope from now to the end of the year?
2020 is still a few months away, and the time from now to the end of the year also has the appearance of many bright names for this year’s Oscar season (in case no movies are rescheduled).
The most anticipated is probably Pixar’s animated blockbuster Soul with the trailer received very good feedback from the audience. The film starring Jamie Foxx and Angela Bassett, is expected to become a successful production like Inside Out with a similar performance. Soul is slated for a November 20 release in the US, but considering the current situation and the moves of Disney, there’s a high chance that the movie’s theatrical release won’t happen.
In addition, Hollywood is also looking forward to a few faces like West Side Story – a film based on the 1957 Broadway musical by director Steven Spielberg or Ammonite – a lesbian theme work with the participation of Saoirse. Ronan and Kate Winslet tell about the life of British archaeologist Mary Anning in the 1840s. The film is scheduled for release in November this year.
Dune – another giant fantasy blockbuster Warner Bros. with the guy Timothée Chalamet, the lead is also scheduled to debut on December 18 this year. The film with images and highly-rated content will probably become a candidate for the best film award at the next Oscar.
2020 is a bleak year for world cinema and filmmakers. When even the biggest blockbusters have the potential to lose revenue, what opportunity is there for independent, academic works that have been picky about viewers but are the “gu” of Oscar? With COVID-19 as a specter just waiting to attack, it seems that no publisher has the mind to follow the race to win the golden statue when sales are under serious threat. Oscar 2021 is likely to become the game of the weak, or of unknown names.