favorite films, presenters, actors and actresses… What do we know about this edition?

The 94th Academy Awards will be hosted by actresses and comedians Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes.

After a forced move due to the pandemic, the Oscars return to their traditional hall on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sunday for a tight competition, where the favorites “CODA”, “Power of the Dog” and “Belfast” compete for the supreme award for best feature film.

What time does the ceremony take place?

The Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 27 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. It will start here around 2 a.m. French time and will be broadcast live on ABC and the official Oscars channel as well as on Canal+. The world will dedicate a live to the ceremony.

Who will host the ceremony?

Actresses and comedians Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes will take the stage to co-host the ceremony, which has not had an emcee in three years.

What are the favorite movies?

Dark and psychological Western about men not assuming their sexuality, “The Power of the Dog” has been in the lead for a long time, giving Netflix hope of a historic victory in this flagship category. But for a few weeks, “CODA”a dramatic comedy full of optimism adapted from the French success “The Aries Family”came back at full gallop.

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The film, which follows a high school student torn between her newfound passion for singing and her family, all of whose other members are deaf and depend on her to communicate with the hearing world, swept up one after the other. other all the prizes awarded by the unions of the American cinema industry.

Friday, for the first time, this low-budget film whose journey began at Sundance in January 2021 rose to the top of the forecasts of industry experts, ahead of “The Power of the Dog”. In third position is “Belfast”a black and white evocation of Kenneth Branagh’s childhood in the midst of the violence in Northern Ireland at the end of the 1960s.

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“It’s a race between two or three horses”confirms Clayton Davis, specialist in film awards for the magazine varietya reference in the field.

For him, the “dynamic” of the last days played in favor of “CODA”. “The last two years have been very difficult for everyone. And CODA” is positive, comforting. I believe voters are in the mood to feel good”.

Can voters be reluctant to vote for a Netflix movie?

Many professionals have been rave about “The Power of the Dog”, highlighting its aesthetic prowess and the performances of the actors. Four of them (Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee) are in the running for this 94th edition.

But many others have also criticized Jane Campion’s film for a certain coldness. “Not everyone’s cup of tea”notes Scott Feinberg, columnist at The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

This can prove to be a handicap because the strange multi-round preferential voting system used at the Oscars for the category of best feature film generally favors the most consensual films.

But a surprise is always possible at the Oscars and the competition “has never been so open”said on condition of anonymity one of the voters of the Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences, which awards the prestigious trophies.

Trump in the sleeve of “CODA”it is a low-budget independent film ($ 15 million) perceived this year as the outsider and which could therefore attract the sympathy of voters, even if it is broadcast by Apple TV + .

“Some Academy members I talk to are still reluctant to vote for a Netflix movie in the Best Feature category”explains this voter.

Who are the favorites among the actors?

Among the actors, the big favorite this year is the always very popular Will Smith, who plays the father of champions Serena and Venus in “The Williams Method”.

One of the stars of “CODA”, Troy Kotsur, holds the rope for the Oscar for best supporting actor. The deaf actor, who plays the loving but sometimes helpless father of a hearing teenager, has been a hit in the various film awards this season.

On the actress side, the competition is tough but Jessica Chastain, unrecognizable in her role as televangelist of “In the Eyes of Tammy Faye”, seems the best placed. She could be threatened by Penelope Cruz, who wowed with her performance in “Madres Paralelas” by Pedro Almodóvar.

Ariana DeBose should win for supporting actress with the remake of “West Side Story” by Steven Spielberg but the latter seems on the wrong track to establish himself as best director against Jane Campion, who has a good chance of winning the second Oscar of her career as a director after “The Piano Lesson”.

The grand space opera “Dunes” should stand out in multiple technical categories, from photography to sound and special effects.

Who could present the awards?

Stars expected to present awards include Bill Murray, Lady Gaga, Kevin Costner, Samuel L. Jackson, Zoë Kravitz, Anthony Hopkins, Lily James, Mila Kunis, John Leguizamo, Simu Liu, Rami Malek, Lupita Nyong’o, Rosie Perez , but also the star of “West Side Story” Rachel Zegler who had agitated social networks by claiming that she had no invitation.

Will the Oscars reconnect with the public?

The organizers and broadcaster ABC hope that this 94th edition will allow them to reconnect with the public and with their audience, which has been in free fall in recent years.

The 2021 edition had only attracted 10 million viewers, a 56% drop compared to the previous year which had already recorded its lowest level in history.

To attract fans, the organizers launched this year a “Fan Prize”, called to vote on social networks. This is for the Oscars “see how they can reach a new audience, this TikTok generation”believes Clayton Davis.

The queen of pop Beyoncé and her young runner-up Billie Eilish will also be fishing for viewers on the Oscars stage. They are both in the running for the Oscar for best song, respectively for “The Williams Method” and that of the latest James Bond.

Are there any controversies this year?

The biggest controversy of this edition concerns the decision to present awards before the start of the live broadcast. These eight prizes are awarded to short films, editing, music, hair and makeup, sound design and production.

Le Monde with AP and AFP

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