Award Show Gold: The Movies and Actors We’re Most Likely to See During Award Season

Zoe Kazan

Zoe Kazan, who received rave reviews for her role in The Big Sick last year, should definitely be under consideration this year for her role in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the latest offering from the Coen Brothers. Like Roma, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was distributed by Netflix and was given a limited release in theaters before it appeared on their streaming platform. Oscar buzz surrounding this movie has been surprisingly quiet, but that’s likely because of the Netflix-related backlash, and the fact that the movie is actually a collection of shorter films that are all set on the American frontier.

Zoe Kazan definitely deserves a nomination for her starring role in the vignette “The Gal Who Got Rattled”.

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The Favourite

One of the most irreverent and hilarious movies of the year is The Favourite, which is (very loosely) based on the life of Queen Anne of England and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Olivia Colman, who nonchalantly packed on 35 pounds to play the desperately childish Queen Anne, just won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes, and Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone could battle it out for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars. Yorgos Lanthimos, whose previous work includes absurdist and dystopian films like The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, may find that The Favourite is just mainstream enough to nab him a Best Director nod.

Green Book

Directed by Peter Farrelly, Green Book just pulled out a surprise sweep of the Golden Globes, winning three trophies — Best Motion Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Mahershala Ali, and Best Screenplay. The story, which stars Mahershala Ali as an African-American pianist and Viggo Mortensen as his driver, has received major critical praise although wasn’t exactly a box office smash.


It’s likely that many of the Golden Globe wins will be followed up by nominations at the Oscars. Could Mahershala Ali win twice in a row?

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