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‘Top Gun’ among hit sequels targeting Oscar names

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‘Top Gun’ among hit sequels targeting Oscar names

Los Angeles: Oscar nominations for a year in which the big-screen box office finally rebounded from the pandemic will be revealed on Tuesday, with Academy voters set to award blockbusters such as ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ for helping to save movie theaters.

Tom Cruise’s long-awaited sequel to his massive 1986 hit is most likely to crowd-pleaser to make the Best Picture cut – Hollywood’s most coveted award – but other popular follow-ups such as “Avatar: The Way of Water” and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” could also be awarded.

They will be competing against a wide range of films, from the word-of-mouth sci-fi hit “Everything Everywhere All At Once” to Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans,” which won over many critics but failed to convince fans. spectators to pay. .

Other films firmly on the radar of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters are Irish dark comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin,” Baz Luhrmann’s rock and roll biopic “Elvis,” and Cate Blanchett’s latest tour. . -force “Tar”.

“This year is one of the most unknown years,” said Clayton Davis, Variety’s awards editor.

“I’ve probably put more effort into talking to members of the Academy to try to gauge their interest and see where the race is heading than in any other year of my life,” he said.

“And I probably know the least I’ve ever known in my career.”

A major complicating factor for Oscars predictors is the Academy’s recent massive growth in the number of international voters.

These members have been credited with surprises such as South Korea’s “Parasite,” which won best picture in 2020, and Japan’s “Drive My Car” was nominated last year.

“We’ve had some international features over the last few years, and I think that streak could continue,” Davis said.

German World War I drama ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ has gained major momentum, earning a massive 14 nominations last week for Britain’s BAFTAs.

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