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Telluride Wraps AND TODAY ALLOW Oscar Buzz Begin As Venice Continues & Toronto Looms


Because the 49th annual Telluride Film Festival involves a close with this Labor Day holiday, it again is actually a fest that ignites the Oscar likelihood of several films which have either had their world premieres or UNITED STATES premieres this weekend. Within the so-called Fall Festival Trifecta of Venice/Telluride/Toronto (the latter beginning Thursday), that’s where the six-month-plus awards season officially starts, even though the even longer Emmy season doesnt conclude until weekly from today.

The Banshees of Inisherin
Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in The Banshees of InisherinSearchlight Pictures

Already in Venice, which includes been running simultaneously with Telluride, we’ve seen plenty of serious, and justified, Oscar buzz for many films which have premiered there including Sunday nights The Whale, which includes resulted in serious Oscar talk because of its star Brendan Fraser in a comeback role as a 600-pound man ruminating on his life. Todays world premiere of Martin McDonaghs (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) The Banshees of Inisherin reportedly drew a 15-minute standing ovation the longest up to now at Venice and raves and buzz for star Colin Farrell, who could receive his first Oscar nomination. Having seen that film in LA a month or more ago, I could almost guarantee which will happen, and also supporting possibilities for Brendan Gleeson and actress Kerry Condon. But still to come you can find world premieres of The SonandBlonde, amongst others.

Cate Blanchett in TarFocus

Some films likeBardo, Tarand Bones and Allplayed Venice, and hightailed it to Telluride almost immediately where in fact the buzz machine was also working overtime, both positively and negatively. I simply caught Luca Guadagninos horror love story about two tender cannibal teenagers on the highway. Not your typical Telluride fare, therefore i am still chewing on its Oscar prospects, but Guadagnino is really a true master filmmaker who also had a good docu, Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams playing here, also it was among the top docus I’ve seen all year.

Daniel Gimnez Cacho in BardoNetflix

Some pundits pounced on the probabilities in the years ahead for Alejandro G. Irritus three-hour andvery personalBardoafter it got a mixed reaction in Venice, but Netflix highlights they have heard great things from his fellow filmmakers including Chlo Zhao who moderated a Q&A with the five-time Oscar winner in Telluride and was deep in conversation with him at the Netflix night time party honoring the film, and there is absolutely no doubt, predicated on street conversations that the film has its fans here and detractors. The jury has gone out how far it could go, however when you have that lots of Oscars already the knives in the sorry world of film twitter will be out for you personally. On the downside, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic scores are unusually low for a Best Picture hopeful. It will be ought to be Mexicos front runner for submission to the International Film race at the minimum. Oscar season is really a marathon, not just a sprint so lets see where it goes.

Empire of LightSearchlight

As in Venice, the very best Actress talk to a possible third Oscar for Cate Blanchett in her towering performance in Tarwas pretty deafening in Colorado, in the same way it instantly was in Venice. She was awarded her first award of the growing season as she was presented with the fests Silver Medallion at a particular tribute to her (actually doubly she had to wait two of these). She actually is a lock for a nomination, but she’ll have competition because the Telluride World Premiere of Sam Mendes terrific, and in addition very personal, film Empire of Light proved in Telluride where it had been unveiled on Saturday to excellent reaction generally, particularly for star Olivia Colman who seems bound on her behalf fourth nomination in only five years (she actually is a past winner forThe Favourite).Things want up in this race as another near-certain lock Michelle Yeoh for Everything Everywhere ALL AT ONE TIMEalso made the scene at Telluride, not for that film but a particular showing of her 2000 classic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.Her lilting presence here didn’t go unnoticed, certainly at Oscar voters who attend this festival, and that fact was reinforced because the Academy of FILM Arts & Sciences was back following a two-year absence because of the pandemic. They sponsored their packed reception on Saturday also it was an excellent place to be observed in case you are just starting a campaign.

Michelle Yeoh, left, and Janet YangAMPAS

Brand-new AMPAS President Janet Yang made the scene, and several stops, in Telluride commenting at a lunch for the steamy new Netflix film, Lady Chatterleys Loverwhich sports an awards-worthy turn from Emma Corrin, and also later at a dinner forTHE SWEETNESSwith Florence Pugh, that is growing to be an excellent year for women. It really is indeed and when you’d any doubt just have a look at another major World Premiere here, Orion/MGMs magnificent new film from writer/director Sarah Polley, Women Talking.This powerful film has sparked Oscar talk from when it debuted around on Friday, not only for Polley who becomes a significant contender in both directing and adapted screenplay but also for an ensemble cast that probably becomes the frontrunner for the SAG Outstanding Cast award, but could fill Best Supporting Actress in every five slots. Veterans Judith Ivey and Sheila McCarthy, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, and Rooney Mara are viable. How can you choose? All of them are great.

Women Talking
Women TalkingUniversal

Will MGM perhaps make an effort to separate Mara in to the increasingly crowded Best Actress race? If there was a disagreement for creating an Ensemble category at the Oscars it really is this film. I suggested it to new AMPAS CEO Bill Kramer when I ran into him at the Searchlight party for Empire of Light.You’re the 3rd person to state that if you ask me today, he laughed. Can it be a category where in fact the Oscar would go to the casting director, and perhaps some type of special certificate or award to the cast? Progress Academy. At the very least with just a little luck, we’re able to see three nominees in Supporting Actress at the very least, and that might be for the very first time since Tom Jonesachieved it in 1963. They canceled themselves out and Margaret Rutherford won instead for The V.I.P.s

Reaction has been nearly universally positive forWomen Talking,and emotional. MGM plans to open it in early December but if there is a film that needs to be released Prior to the midterms it really is this one that presents the real power of women, and their vote. Actually, there exists a scene the Democrats should grab which discusses the energy of the womens vote, and the studio should give it in their mind and cross-promote their film simultaneously. Just sayin. That is one powerful movie in regards to a band of Mennonite ladies in a compound where in fact the men rule and sexual assault has occurred. They need to vote on whether to remain or make an effort to leave if they have an opening. It really is compelling indeed.

Of the premieres in Telluride, I’d say that film, and Mendes look back at individuals who work in a seaside cinema circa 1980, Empire of Light have the very best possiblity to land in the very best Picture race. But again, it really is early and there’s much ahead at other fests and beyond.

Lady Chatterley's Lover
Lady Chatterleys LoverNetflix

Besides Tod Fields Tar, which along with Blanchett and her great German co-star Nina Hoss (although Supporting Actress is killer see above), might land in a few key categories. Focus also had their Cannes competition film (it won no prizes there sadly), James Grays excellent Armageddon Time here with stars Jeremy Strong and Anne Hathaway everywhere and at the packed screenings for the movie that is fighting for attention contrary to the newer toys on display. At the opening Friday Patrons Brunch high up in the mountains, Strong ran into Irritu and geeked from him. I’d walk through fire for you personally, he told the director who laughed and replied, be cautious what you want. Focus will undoubtedly be campaigning for both films in the coming months.

A24 started their domestic campaign because of their very affecting Cannes Grand Prize winner, Close here with director Lukas Dhont consuming the praise for the much acclaimed Belgian contender that is waiting to listen to (on September 16) if it’s to become Belgiums official entry for the International Film Oscar race. It has a right to be, and in other categories too, but it has been an excellent year for the united states and another of these excellent films, the Dardenne Brothers Tori And Lokita,another prize winner at Cannes, was here aswell. Mia Hansen Loves Directors Fortnight prize winner,One Fine Morningwas loved here in the same way it had been in Cannes and she and star Lea Seydoux were bathing in the praise. It might and really should be Frances entry but who knows?


A Sundance entry even managed to get here, and lastly to a large screen, which is Sony Classics terrificLivingand its own iconic British star Bill Nighy charmed everyone as he hit Telluride with the movie SPC plans to launch a Best Actor campaign for, plus they definitely may find their way right into a crowded race along with his luminous performance and the opportunity for an initial nomination.

Eli Timoner and his family
Eli Timoner and his family in Last Flight HomeThanks to MTV Documentary Films

WHEN I noted in my own Telluride announcement story on Thursday that there have been an unusually lot of docus in Telluride this season plus they almost cannibalized one another (sorryBones And All),but the surface of the set of those I caught need to be Amazon and Amblins heartfeltGood Night Oppy,plus Robert Downey Jr.s and Chris Smiths terrific homage to Downeys dad,Sr.Matthew Heinemans strong Afghanistan docu,Retrogradecan be someone to watch, therefore is the to die docu from MTV Documentary Films called Last Flight Home that is a must-see, plus a lot more our docu beat report Matt Carey has been, and can continue steadily to track.

That is an ever-changing story, however the race is on. Now I am heading this week to Toronto.

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