Oscars predictions for best picture
The Oscar race is viewed as more wide-open than usual, thanks in part to the absence of a completely dominant frontrunner, as well as hurdles that some key contenders would have to overcome in history-making fashion.
With the entertainment industry at a crossroads, whichever movie walks away with the Academy Award — selections are always fraught with a certain level of symbolism — will say something about the present state of the movie business.
The suspense surrounding best picture is also heightened, seemingly, by a sense that the acting races are pretty close to sure things. While the Los Angeles Times probably overreached in proclaiming those categories settled — ask Glenn Close about last year’s awards — based on all the ceremonies leading up to the Oscars, it would be a major surprise not to hear the names Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern called on Sunday night.
So what will the lesson be from this year’s Oscars? That depends on what wins, which will send a message, intended or not, breaking down what’s special, unique or merely notable about each the best-picture contenders.