You may have noticed – tho judging by the ratings, you haven’t! – there actually has been an awards season this year. The irony is that in a year when it’s been cheaper and easier to watch the cinematic contenders, fewer people than ever have seen the movies up for the top prizes. With theaters closed for most of the year, blockbusters and boutique films alike went straight to streaming, which means people could see the artsy movies for free and sound like a real critic around their friends. For some reason that didn’t happen.
This is an O’Doul’s of an awards season, ‘cuz there is absolutely no buzz to be had. No red carpets. No Ryan Seacrest air-kissing bejeweled starlets. No cutaway shots of actors pretending to be happy for the person who beat them out. Unfortunately we’re getting even more of the ‘filler’ feature pieces, which means none of the best and more of the worst part of ceremonies.
Big thanks to the SAG Awards which cut their show down to one hour, not that anyone saw it. Rating have been dropping for awhile but this year they’ve gone off a cliff, and will crash this Sunday with the Oscars on ABC.
So who is going to win this weekend? I like Soul for Animated Feature (it made me cry) and Crip Camp in Documentary (being on Netflix it has buzz, which is a real commodity for this category in any year).
I don’t think any film can catch Nomadland, but Judas and the Black Messiah is my sleeper pick. I also love Chloe Zaho as director for Nomadland.
Viola Davis is a worthy favorite for Actress in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, but I’m secretly rooting for Frances McDormand, also Nomadland, because her acceptance speeches can be epic. For Supporting Actress I’m going old school with Glenn Close. But what an American Dream success story would it be for Maria Bakalova to win as Borat’s daughter!
For the guys, Chadwick Boseman is a lock for a posthumous Oscar for his knock-you-on-your-butt performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. For Supporting Actor, Daniel Kaluuya is Gold Derby’s favorite and I can’t blame ’em. However I think Leslie Odom, Jr. could steal it away for his work in One Night In Miami.
But honestly, who can tell? I had to set a reminder in my calendar so I don’t forget to watch Sunday. Usually I’m exhausted by the end of Awards season, especially when it stretches to late April. But this year? Not so much.
The Critic’s Cocktail Recommendation
I’m having all the leftovers from the other awards shows: 2 Killian Reds, 1 Peroni, a Guinness, and a splash of Svedka Citron.