Even as workers prep the red carpet, tents and security gates around the theater, many industry insiders are looking past Sunday.
“Can you believe the Oscars is this Sunday?” a top agent told Steigrad . “It’s like, who cares?”
While there’s always a sense of awards season fatigue following the Golden Globes, this year has a slate of smaller, less flashy movies nominated, with no big stars expected to take home the golden statuette.
“There are no movie stars [expected to win] this year,” the agent added.
Most people expect Gary Oldman to take Best Actor honors for “Darkest Hour” and Frances McDormand to win Best Actress for “Three Bilboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
Allison Janney is largely expected to win Best Supporting Actress for “I, Tonya,” and Sam Rockwell Best Supporting Actor for “Three Billboards.”
Even if those actors don’t win, there’s still a dearth of major celebrities and splashy films nominated.
“The Oscars feel like the Independent Spirit Awards,” an exec said, noting that the industry has changed a lot in recent years as insurgents like Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and HBO are creating critically acclaimed original series. Now, the exec said, there are only two types of films in theaters, the big superhero blockbuster type, or the smaller indie productions.
On top of that, the industry is still shell-shocked from the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the subsequent #MeToo movement. And there’s no more fitting a place for the industry to acknowledge the fallout than at the Oscars.
“It just doesn’t feel like a celebratory time,” an insider offered.
SOURCE: Alexandra Steigrad
New York Post