According to Gold Derby predictions, “Don’t Look Up” will receive five Oscar nominations on the morning of February 8, 2022 (see below). The Netflix satire is the latest from director/writer/producer Adam McKay and features an eye-popping A-list cast: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence play astronomers who discover a comet barreling toward Earth, and Meryl Streep and Jonah Hill are the politicians who don’t believe them or simply don’t care. The cast of the climate crisis allegory was recently honored at the SAG Awards in the film ensemble category.
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“Don’t Look Up” Oscar nominations predictions:
Best Song (“Don’t Look Up”)
Though Netflix is usually tight-lipped about its viewing data, the streamer has confirmed that “Don’t Look Up” is its second most watched movie of all time, behind only “Red Notice.” That’s great news indeed for its Best Picture chances. After all, the biggest hurdle a film faces is being seen by academy members, and we have to assume that many of them were among that record-breaking streaming crowd. Gold Derby currently has the film in eighth place, and remember, starting this year there are guaranteed to be 10 Best Pic slots.
McKay wrote the original screenplay for “Don’t Look Up,” based on a story from he and David Sirota. An Oscar nomination here would be McKay’s third overall in the writing categories following bids for 2015’s “The Big Short” (adapted screenplay, which he won) and 2018’s “Vice” (original screenplay, which he lost). The film just received a Writers Guild nomination on Thursday.
Film editor Hank Corwin is no stranger to the Oscars, earning bids for “The Big Short” and “Vice.” His “Don’t Look Up” editing stands apart from the competition in that it cuts between many different characters and settings and employs the same wild, bombastic stylings familiar to fans of McKay’s previous movies.
Two-time Oscar nominee Nicholas Britell (“Moonlight,” “If Beale Street Could Talk”) describes his original score for “Don’t Look Up” as “the sound of the reverence for logic and knowledge and science.” As he explains in our recent interview, he countered that theme with an “absurdist big band” score that illustrates what would happen if humanity doesn’t “muster the forces to solve our [climate crisis] problems.”
The movie’s original song, titled “Just Look Up,” is written by Britell, Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi and Taura Stinson. Grande and Cudi sing the tune during the climax of the film. The fun lyrics juxtapose their characters’ love story with the impending doom of the planet thanks to the oncoming comet.
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