Telluride Covers Now Let Oscar Buzz Begin – Deadline


As the 49th annual Telluride Film Festival draws to a close this Labor Day holiday, it may once again be a festival sparking Oscar chances for a number of world premieres or North American premieres this weekend. As part of the so-called Fall Festival Trifecta of Venice/Telluride/Toronto (the latter begins on Thursday), this is where the awards season of six months or more officially begins, even if even the longest Emmy season hasn’t ended. week from today.

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Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in The Banshees of Inisherin
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Already in Venice, which was shown simultaneously with Telluride, we saw a lot of serious and justified Oscars for the many films that premiered there including Sunday Night Whale, Which led to Oscar serious talk about her co-star Brendan Fraser in the comeback role as a 600-pound man thinking about his life. Martin McDonagh’s world premiere todayIn Bruges, three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri) Asha Inisherin It said Give a standing ovation for 15 minutes — the longest to date in Venice — and is causing quite a stir for star Colin Farrell, who could earn his first Academy Award nomination. Having seen this movie in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, I can almost guarantee that it will happen, as well as supporting the possibilities of Brendan Gleeson and actress Keri Condon. And there are still premieres in the world Son And the Blonde, Among other things.

Cate Blanchett in “Tar”
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Some movies like coolAnd the tar And the bones and everything I played the gun, then rode it up to Telluride almost immediately as the buzzing machine was also running overtime, both positive and negative. I just captured Luca Guadagnino’s horror love story about two thin young cannibals on the road. Not your typical Telluride fare, so I’m still chewing on her Oscar predictions, but Guadagnino is a true professional filmmaker who also has a great documentary, Salvatore: The shoemaker of dreams I play here, and it was one of the best focus programs I’ve seen all year.

Daniel Jimenez Cacho in the movie Bardo

Some critics took advantage of the three-hour advance against Alejandro G Inarritu And the very personal cool After it got mixed reaction in Venice, but Netflix reports they’ve heard great things from fellow directors including Chloé Zhao who moderated a Q&A with five-time Oscar winner Telluride and was in a deep conversation with him at Netflix of late. Party night in honor of the movie, no doubt, based on street gossip that the movie has its audience here — and the detractors. The jury decides how far you can go, but when you have that many Oscars Indeed the knives in the unfortunate world of Twitter will always be available to you. On the downside, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic’s scores are extraordinarily low for the most upbeat picture. He sure should be Mexico’s top candidate to submit to the International Film Race to say the least. Oscar season is a marathon, not a sprint, so let’s see where it goes.

The Empire of Light

As in Venice, Best Actress speaks with the prospect of her third Academy Award for Cate Blanchett for her towering performance in tar It was largely deafening in Colorado, just as it was immediately in Venice. She took home her first prize of the season where she took home the festival’s silver medal in her own tribute (actually twice as she had to attend two of them). It’s a nomination lock, but it will compete as Telluride’s world premiere for Sam Mendes’ fantastic yet personal movie. The Empire of Light She proved in Telluride where it was unveiled on Saturday to a very good reaction overall, especially for star Olivia Colman who appears bound for her fourth nomination in just five years (she’s a former winner of the… Favorite). Things in this race look like another almost certain lock-up from Michelle Yeoh Everything everywhere at once She also made the scene in Telluride, not for this movie but for a special screening of her 2000 classic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Her subdued presence here did not go unnoticed, certainly among the many Oscar-voters who attended this festival, and that fact was reinforced when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences returned after a two-year absence due to the pandemic. They sponsored the packed reception on Saturday and it was a good place to see you if you are just starting a campaign.

Michelle Yeoh, left, and Janet Yang

brand new Janet Yang, President of AMPAS, presented the scene and stopped in Telluride in a lunch commentary for the new, steamy Netflix movie, Lady Chatterley lover who plays the award-worthy role of Emma Corinne, as well as later in Dinner wonders With Florence Pugh, that this year is turning out to be a great year for women. It really is, and if in any doubt, just take a look at the world premiere here, the fantastic new Orion/MGM movie from writer/director Sarah Polley, woman talking. This powerful film has sparked Oscar talk from the moment it debuted in town on Friday, not only for Polly who has become a lead contender in both directing and adapted screenplay, but for the cast that certainly becomes the front-runner for a SAG Outstanding Cast Award, but could Best Supporting Actress to fill in all five slots. Veterans Judith Ivey, Sheila McCarthy, Claire Foy, Jesse Buckley and Rooney Mara are all able to survive. How do you choose? They are all wonderful.

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“Women talking”

Will MGM try to separate Mara in an increasingly crowded Best Actress race? If there was an argument for creating an ensemble class at the Academy Awards, it’s this movie. I proposed him to AMPAS’ new CEO Bill Kramer when I came across him at the Searchlight party for The Empire of Light. “You’re the third person to tell me that day,” he laughed. Could it be a category in which the Oscar goes to the director, perhaps some kind of special certification or actors’ award? Get Go Go Academy. Anyway with a bit of luck, we can see at least three nominees helping the actress, and that will be the first time since then Tom Jones They did so in 1963. They canceled themselves and Margaret Rutherford won instead VIPs

The reaction was almost universally positive for women talking and passionate. MGM plans to open it in early December, but if there’s a movie that needs to be released before midterm, this is the one that shows the true power of women and their votes. Indeed, there’s a scene Democrats have to grab that talks about the power of women’s voting, and the studio has to give it to them and cross-promote their film at the same time. Just saying ‘. This is a powerful film about a group of Mennonite women in a complex where men rule and sexual assault occurs. They should vote to stay or try to leave when they have a chance. It is really convincing.

Among Telluride’s premieres, I’d say that movie, and Mendes’ look at people working in a seaside movie theater circa 1980, The Empire of Light You have the best chance of landing in the best photo race. But again, it’s still early days, and there’s plenty more on to other festivals and beyond.

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“Mistress of Lady Chatterley”

with Todd Field tar, Which in addition to Blanchett and her gorgeous German co-star Nina Huss (although the supporting actress is a killer – see above), might land in some major categories. Focus also had a competition film Cannes (it didn’t win awards there), James Gray is excellent Armageddon Time Here with co-stars Jeremy Strong and Anne Hathaway everywhere and at packed screenings of the movie fighting for attention against the newer games on offer. At the inaugural Friday lunch for astronauts high in the mountains, Strong met Inarritu and walked away from him. He said to the manager, who laughed and replied, “I’ve been walking through the fire for you, beware what you wish for.” Fox will be campaigning for both films in the coming months.

A24 started its domestic campaign due to its heavy influence on the Cannes Grand Prix winner, Close Here with director Lukas Dhont lauding the critically acclaimed Belgian contender who is waiting to be heard (on September 16th) if he is to become Belgium’s official entry for the International Film Oscar Race. It deserves to be, and in other categories too, but this has been a great year for country and another of their excellent films, The Dardenne Brothers’ Tori and Lukita Another prize winner at Cannes was also here. Winner of the Mia Hansen Love Award for Fortnight Directors, beautiful morning He was just as loved here as he was in Cannes and she and star Léa Seydoux were enjoying the praise. It could – and should – be entering France but who knows?


Even Sundance’s entry made it here, and finally to a big screen, and that’s the cool Sony Classics living Her famous British superstar Bill Nighy charmed everyone when he hit Telluride with the movie SPC plans to launch a Best Actor campaign for, and they can surely find their way into a crowded race with his stellar performance and first nomination chance.

Eli Timoner and his family

Eli Timoner and his family in ‘Last Flight Home’
Courtesy of MTV Documentary

As I noted in my Telluride ad story on Thursday, there have been an unusually high number of outgrowths in Telluride this year and they almost untied each other (sorry bone and all), But at the top of the list of those caught has to be the hearty Amazon and Ambelin Good night Obi, In addition to Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Smith’s wonderful tribute to Downey’s father, SR. Matthew Heinemann’s powerful document on Afghanistan, receding It is also a must-see one, as well as the right to Die docu from MTV Documentary Films called The last trip home Which is a must, as well as many other things that were our docu win report Matt Curry, and he will continue to track.

This is an ever-changing story, but the race is on. Now this week I’m going to Toronto.

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