Seems like everyday’s Internet assault on the eyeballs is toploaded with speculation, “push polling” on behalf of “Black Panther” (ahem), how “Viola Davis could sneak in there for ‘Widows'” (maybe, a long shot), “Crazy Rich Asians” (Really?) or something else that has been insanely popular at the box office but actively dismissed during Awards Season.
The Lady Gaga/”Star is Born” crowd has quieted down a tad. They’re in shock over the Golden Globes, Critics Choice and PGA Awards.
But today, the book is written anew. Will “The Academy” (as it always calls itself, even on its Facebook page) go its own way this year?
Will “A Star is Born” gets its (Gaga fan) entitled “due?”
Will “Roma,” a picture with no stars, no nominatable performances and shown (but not watched) on streaming give Netflix an Oscar just as it raises its prices and starts to feel the heat from the competition that will break its stranglehold on Streaming? (Peak Netflix, all downhill from here?)?
Do forgotten films like “First Man” have a prayer of making a dent? Might deflated prestige pictures like “Vice,” “Mary Queen of Scots” or even “Widows” see some Oscar love?
This year’s “Green Book” and (earlier) “Bohemian Rhapsody” affection make one wonder. Sure, Christian Bale seems a lock, Mahershala Ali, maybe Glenn Close. Maybe Olivia Colman. Lady Gaga.
Will both of Colman’s co-stars earn “Favourite” supporting actress nominations? That’s how Regina King, in a subtle, doesn’t-show-much turn in “If Beale Street Could Talk” has become the supporting actress favorite. Maybe they’ll just nominate Oscar winner Rachel Weisz or Oscar winner Emma Stone, both of whom dazzled.
Will Amy Adams or Saoirse Ronan break through in one of those categories?
We just don’t know. This year has been all over the place.
Anything to avoid ABC’s “Good Morning America” teases, tease outs and tedious “expert Oscar watchers.”
The Pre “Show” gets underway at 820.