Award Show Gold: The Movies and Actors We’re Most Likely to See During Award Season
With the Golden Globes out of the way and Oscar nominations set to be announced on January 22, we’re deep in the midst of theatrical award season. Already, the Golden Globes have shaken things up, giving three trophies to Bohemian Rhapsody, which received mixed reviews, and only acknowledging A Star is Born for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture. Predictions about who will be nominated for the most prestigious honors in film are already rampant.
Today, we’re going to talk about some of the movies and stars we’re most likely to see as victors in the 2018 award season.
Directed by Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman tells the story of Colorado Springs’ first black police officer, and his attempts to infiltrate the local chapter of the KKK. The movie featured a knockout performance from star John David Washington (Denzel Washington’s son), with Adam Driver in a supporting role as his partner and white stand in.
The movie was based on the memoirs of Ron Stallworth, so in addition to winning Best Picture, it could also find itself with the trophy for Best Adapted Screenplay. So far, most of the acting attention has been on Adam Driver, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Independent Spirit Awards, the Golden Globes, and the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Another legendary director who returned with a new film this year is Alfonso Cuarón, whose movie Roma is a semi-autobiographical retelling of his upbringing in Mexico. Although the movie received raves from critics, some people believe that since it was distributed by Netflix, and only received a limited theatrical run before being released on their streaming platform, it doesn’t qualify for nomination in any category.
Hopefully, this will be the year that quality content from online streaming services is rewarded. Look for this film to receive nominations for Best Picture, Best Director — Cuarón has already won this once for Gravity in 2013 — and maybe even Best Actress for first-timer Yalitza Aparicio.
Lakeith Stanfield has been popping up all over the place in the last three years. He’s been a star on the FX show Atlanta since 2016, had a memorable role in Get Out in 2017, and this year was finally given a starring role in Sorry to Bother You, a quirky dark satire about a telemarketer who only achieves success when he pretends to be white. While it doesn’t look like Sorry to Bother You will be nominated for Best Picture, the performances of the cast and the screenplay have been universally lauded, so it’s possible that Stanfield will be nominated for Best Actor.