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    justonemorething
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    I think we’re at a standstill content-wise regarding the 2021 races. Boseman v. Hopkins, Davis v. Kirby, who da F knows for supporting, etc.

    I thought it’d be interesting to discuss how Yorgos Lanthimos arrived on the English-language film scene in 2015 with The Lobster where he received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He followed that up with The Killing of a Sacred Deer, which was not nominated for any Oscars. Then The Favourite, the first of his English output not penned by him, ends up nominated for 10 Oscars – winning Best Actress for Olivia Colman.

    For a record or 1 and 0 to then reap 10 nominations is quite a jump and I’d enjoy hearing why you think this awards trajectory happened.

    I should note, as many of you will hopefully agree, it is not for a lack of worthy performances as some smaller bodies recognized the following: Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw, and Olivia Colman (The Lobster) were nominated for their roles at the British Independent Film Awards. Barry Keoghan was nominated (Sacred Deer) at the Spirits.

    Finally please don’t be lazy and just say it’s because someone else wrote The Favourite.

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    The Favourite was less dark and more accessible than his other films and its submitted lead won a major award (the Volpi Cup) and was being obsessed over because of her casting in The Crown.

    The Favourite was also baitier.

    FYC OSCARS : VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", AMANDA SEYFRIED FOR "MANK", ANTHONY HOPKINS FOR "THE FATHER", CHADWICK BOSEMAN FOR "MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM", PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY).

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    The Favourite was far less weird than The Lobster and Sacred Deer (though it was still very weird to most audiences). But for the Academy, I think it just struck the right balance between being weird/arthouse but still logical and actually grounded in historical reality.

    FYC:

    Picture: Nomadland
    Director: Chloe Zhao
    Leading Actress: Frances McDormand
    Leading Actor: Anthony Hopkins
    Supporting Actress: Olivia Colman
    Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya
    Adapted Screenplay: The Father
    Original Screenplay: Minari

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    Let’s be real, Sacred Deer should have at least been nominated for Picture, Cinematography, Director, Supporting Actor and Screenplay. It was easily better than most of the other nominees in any of those categories. The shot of the son collapsing in the hospital still gives me goosebumps. The Lobster is in my all time top 10 so this is another inexcusable snub for me although I like that it received a well deserved Screenplay nomination. But yeah, The Favourite is definitely his most baity film and even though I adore the performances by Farrell, Papoulia, Kidman and Keoghan in its predecessors, The Favourite might be his film with the most Oscar-y acting. Once The Favourite secured those three nominations along with the obvious design categories it was pretty much given that it would at least be considered for a Picture nomination.

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