In what has been a supremely troubling year both inside and outside of the film industry, the Oscars are finally upon us as an evening of celebration awaits with the 93rd Academy Awards.
Scheduled to take place live from the Union Station, the iconic Art Dec railway station in Los Angeles, the stars will descend in a socially distanced manner, two months later than originally planned due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cinema.
In a significantly restructured year, in what is only the fourth time the ceremony has been postponed in the history of the Academy, rules of usually strict eligibility criteria have been tinkered with, modifying the restrictions on which films could be nominated due to the lack of theatrical releases amid closed cinemas and movie theatres. The impact? Well, streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime are hoping to gatecrash the elite, of course.
In fact, it is Netflix’s Mank that leads the way, the David Fincher film landed a remarkable 10 nominations in total, including nods for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and, of course, the coveted Best Picture. However, the movie faces stiff competition from Chloé Zhao and her brilliant feature Nomadland, a deeply emotional story of modern America.
Elsewhere, expect to see a lot of discussion around critically acclaimed films The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Sound of Metal, The Trial of the Chicago 7, and Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman in what will likely be a night of twists and turns and, of course, we’ll be right the with you.