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LAST UPDATED: Jan. 19, 2022
2023 Oscars Predictions: Best Animated Short
CATEGORY COMMENTARY: Filmmaking legend J.J. Abrams has 10 Emmy nominations and two wins (for directing and outstanding drama series for the first season of “Lost” in 2005), but he’s never been nominated for an Oscar. That could all change on Tuesday, Jan. 24.
Abrams is one of the producers of Apple’s “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse,” along with Matthew Freud and Cara Speller, and if nominated, it would be his first career nod despite being a stapled voice in Hollywood for over two decades.
The closest Abrams had come was during the first year of the Academy expanding the best picture lineup to 10. Abrams was a credited producer on “Star Trek” (2009), which nearly missed the lineup. Some would argue he was also close with “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” (2015), which was during the sliding scale era.
As always, it isn’t easy to gauge how the shorts will go.
There’s plenty of buzz surrounding “New Moon,” a beautiful collaboration between recent Emmy winner Colman Domingo (guest actor in a drama for “Euphoria”) and his husband Raul Domingo. The couple serve as writers and producers on the project, while Raul Domingo co-directs alongside Jérémie Balais and Jeffig Le Bars.
Over a dozen married couples have been nominated for Academy Awards in the same year. The list begins with Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt, who were both nominated in best actor and actress in 1932 for “The Guardsman.” Most recently, that roster includes Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, nominated for “Being the Ricardos” and “Parallel Mothers” in 2021. This year, if “New Moon” is among the five films given the nod the Domingo couple will become the first same-sex married couple ever nominated in any category.
Coming off Riz Ahmed winning live action short last year after being nominated for “Sound of Metal” (2020), stars are utilizing the shorter forms of cinema to explore their creativity behind the camera. One of the finest Afro-Latinos in the game, Colman Domingo has kept one foot in the director’s chair throughout his career, whether it’s on TV with AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” or most notably in the theater with over a dozen credits for various plays, “New Moon” could offer the bridge to a new level of filmmaking for the artist.
NOTE: All credited nominees are ultimately determined by the Academy.
You can read the final Variety Awards Circuit column before nominations here. Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24.
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2023 Academy Awards Predictions
BEST PICTURE | DIRECTOR | ACTOR | ACTRESS | SUPPORTING ACTOR | SUPPORTING ACTRESS | ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY | ADAPTED SCREENPLAY | ANIMATED FEATURE | PRODUCTION DESIGN | CINEMATOGRAPHY | COSTUME DESIGN | FILM EDITING | MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING | SOUND | VISUAL EFFECTS | ORIGINAL SCORE | ORIGINAL SONG | DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | INTERNATIONAL FEATURE | ANIMATED SHORT | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | LIVE ACTION SHORT
The 95th Oscars ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre and televised live on ABC on Sunday, March 12, 2022.
2022 category winner: “The Windshield Wiper” (The Animation Showcase) – Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sánchez
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