Five lessons from Oscar nominations

(AFP) – Absence of female directors, surprise in the best actress category, honorable mention for the popular Indian success “RRR”: here are the main lessons from the Oscar nominations, announced on Tuesday and dominated by the comedy “Everything Everywhere All At Once” .

The award ceremony will take place on March 12.

– #OscarsSoMale –

Since 2015 and the appearance of the keyword #OscarsSoWhite, the ceremony has been routinely controversial over its lack of diversity.

This year, it is the absence of a named director that has provoked numerous criticisms on social networks, under the hashtag #OscarsSoMale.

With “Women Talking”, which depicts members of a religious community victim of violence, and the Afro-feminist action film “The Woman King”, the filmmakers Sarah Polley and Gina Prince-Bythewood nevertheless seemed to harbor claims legitimate.

The Academy preferred an all-male cast, including the essential Steven Spielberg (“The Fabelmans”) and the duo behind the crazy comedy “Everything Everywhere All At Once”, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

The controversy is far from new in this category. Until 2021, Katryn Bigelow (“Minesweepers”) was the only woman to have won a statuette for her achievement. But for the past two years, the Oscars have rewarded Chloe Zhao for “Nomadland” and Jane Campion for “The Power of the Dog”.

– “To Leslie” in ambush –

Actress Andrea Riseborough was one of the most unexpected nominations on Tuesday, for her role in ‘To Leslie’. She plays an alcoholic mother, filled with remorse after winning the lottery and quickly squandering her loot.

His interpretation had been critically acclaimed, and highlighted by other actors like Edward Norton or Gwyneth Paltrow, but the film took a slap in theaters. With barely more than 27,322 dollars in revenue according to the BoxOfficeMojo site, almost no one has seen this feature film in theaters.

– “Spielbergian” surprise –

Steven Spielberg’s intimate “The Fabelmans”, largely inspired by the director’s childhood, was a huge favorite of these nominations.

The specialized press expected in particular a nomination in the category best second role for Paul Dano, who embodies the father of the artist, helpless in the face of the sinking of his couple and worried about the cinematographic fad of his son.

But the Academy preferred Judd Hirsch, who appears barely 10 minutes in the film. His performance as an eccentric and cantankerous maternal grandfather, who encouraged the young man to follow his passion against all odds, made an impression.

– Indian Soundtrack –

A real hit in India and on the internet, the action film “RRR” had not been chosen by his country to represent him in the race for the Oscars.

But faced with the success of this supercharged feature film, some in Hollywood were considering a possible nomination for the prize for best film.

The director of “Avatar”, James Cameron, had particularly praised the work of his Indian colleague SS Rajamouli, author of a blockbuster where two heroes with phenomenal strength become friends, before having to face each other in New Delhi under domination. British 1920s.

In the end, this film with catchy music was only nominated in the best soundtrack category, for the song “Naatu Naatu” by composer MM Keeravani.

– Rihanna versus Lady Gaga –

This category is also full of stars, which could help the hearings of the Oscars ceremony, which has been struggling for several years.

The queens of pop Lady Gaga and Rihanna will thus compete for the statuette of the best soundtrack.

The first performs the song “Hold My Hand” in the second installment of the “Top Gun” saga, while the second sings the title “Lift Me Up” in the superhero film “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”.

Scottish musician David Byrne, co-founder of new wave band ‘The Talking Heads’, is also in this category, for his song ‘This is Life’, which features on the soundtrack of ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’.