Most of the films that will be competing for the Oscars next year have not even had a premiere yet. So any thinking about Oscar winners is purely theoretical and based on reading tea leaves. The previous performances of potential candidates, the roles they play and their potential in terms of acting awards are taken into account. And often even information coming from the set of movies still being shot.
Perhaps the admiration of her colleague Salma Hayek was somehow influencing her position on the first place on the list of candidates for the acting Oscar of Lady Gaga. The star of the film “Desperado” praised the attention to detail that characterizes Lady Gaga and her ability to imitate foreign accents. These will be useful for her in the role of Patrizia Reggiani, convicted of ordering the murder of her ex-husband, the grandson of the founder of the fashion brand Gucci, Maurizio Gucci. The film that tells the story is being made by Ridley Scott. If the singer won an Oscar, it would be her second acting statuette (she has already been awarded for her role in “A Star is Born”).
Second place among the candidates for the Oscar for the best leading female role is this year’s Oscar winner Frances McDormand. The role of Lady Macbeth in “The Tragedy of Macbeth” with Denzel Washington in the title role, filmed by her husband, Joel Coen, is to be nominated.
The next two places among the Oscar-winning candidates are taken by actresses who play the roles of historical figures. This is Jennifer Hudson, who plays Aretha Franklin in the movie “Respect” and Kristen Stewart, who plays the role of Princess Diana in the movie “Spencer”. Haley Bennett closes the top five of the most serious candidates for an Oscar nomination. She appears in Joe Wright’s movie “Cyrano”. This production is based on the motifs of Edmond Rostand’s play “Cyrano de Bergerac”. Bennett also plays a historical character. In Wright’s film, he will play the role of Roxana, inspired by Bergerac’s cousin, Catherine de Bergerac.
The “Variety” list does not end with these names. There are also Tessa Thompson (for her role in “Passing”), Rachel Zegler (“West Side Story”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Don’t Look Up”), Ana De Armas (“Blonde”) and Nicole Kidman ( “Being the Ricardos”, with a total of forty names on the list, including actresses who had previously enjoyed an Oscar – Alicia Vikander (“Blue Bayou”), Penelope Cruz (“Parallel Mothers”), Emma Stone (“Cruella”), Julianne Moore (“Dear Evan Hansen”), Judi Dench (“Belfast”), Tilda Swinton (“Memoria”), Halle Berry (“Bruised”) and Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”).
After the rules change due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Film Academy is returning to the traditional rules of admitting films to the Oscar race. Only films that premiered in 2021 will be able to apply for the Oscars for 2021