Cannes: Oscar Gets A Jolt From Tarantino, ‘Parasite,’ Banderas & More

The Playlist | 5/26/2019 | Gregory Ellwood
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The 2019 Oscars were very good to the programmers of the Cannes Film Festival. After an almost desolate 2018 where it was represented by just a few Foreign Language Film nominations, the French mainstay saw a major turnaround as “BlacKkKlansman” earned a Best Picture nomination, “Cold War” landed Best Dictor and Cinematography nods (outside of an FLF nod) and a historic win for Spike Lee in the Adapted Screenplay category. Based on the films that made waves over the past two weeks it may contribute even more to the awards season conversation than it has since “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Carol,” “Amy” and “Inside Out” all debuted at the fest.

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Obviously, there’s a long way to go. The Best Picture race, in particular, seems incredibly competitive with at least 20 potential nominees on paper (and we’re not counting the films no one will admit aren’t true players yet). But these six titles will definitely make a mark this upcoming awards season one way or another.

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Despite earning zero prizes from the competition committee, Tarantino’s latest drew raves not only from key American critics (including the NYT’s Manohla Dargis and TIME’s Stephanie Zacharek) but a ton of adoration from Academy members on the ground in Cannes. SONY is going to have to deal with some backlash over Tarantino’s curt response to an NYT reporter during the film’s press conference that blew up on social media, but North American critics should embrace it closer to release even more than the contingent traveling overseas. And, trust, this will play with not only Tarantino’s base in the Academy but older members who are nostalgic for the era he’s revisiting. The Best Picture nomination seems...
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