Dim Summer Ends, Awards Race Begins

By: Marissa Nellis

 

Blockbuster season is officially over as fall begins and film critics everywhere weigh-in on which films will stand a chance in the race to awards season.

 La La Land, a comedy musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, is a favorite among critics and seems to be the biggest contender so far. Tom Hanks even praised the film during a press conference for his film Sully. The film even won Toronto’s People’s Choice Award, which many film critics see as a clear indicator of awards season success.

Some other big contenders that have come out of festival season include Jackie, a biopic following Jaqueline Kennedy in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s assassination starring Natalie Portman in the pivotal role; Nocturnal Animals, a “story within a story” thriller starring Amy Adams; Lion, which stars Dev Patel as a man who sets out to find his real family who he was separated from as a young boy; Loving, a true-story interracial marriage drama starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton; Manchester by the Sea, a grief drama starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams that’s garnered considerable praise in the past month; and many others.

            Nate Parker’s slavery revolt drama Birth of a Nation garnered quick and considerable praise when it premiered at Sundance shortly after the Oscars earlier this year. However, in the wake of the resurfacing of rape charges filed against writer/director/star Parker and co-writer Jean McGianni Celestin, it’s unclear whether the film will still have a chance in the awards season to come.

It’s still very early in the race yet, but there’s no question that La La Land will have a big standing come awards season. As for the other films, we’ll have to wait and see how the rest of the season plays out and where they’ll stand in the end.

.lalalandPhoto Attributed to Lionsgate

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