Post-Cannes Review- Are there any Oscar locks?

So the Cannes Film Festival is over for another year, and now we wait patiently for the announcement of who is to win the coveted Palme D’Or. It would be foolish to make predictions for who is to win each award, but I would say that Carol, Youth, Macbeth and The Tale of Tales have a fair chance of picking up at least one award. Instead I will look at those who played at the festival that are in with a genuine chance of picking up an Oscar nod.

Carol (Best Actress- Cate Blanchett)– One of the most loved films at the festival, Todd Haynes’ Carol currently stands tall at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the most praise going to the leading performances of Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. This suggests to me, especially after seeing the clips that have been released, that Blanchett has a fair chance of scoring yet another Oscar nomination in the Best Actress category, 2 years after winning her second Oscar for Blue Jasmine. Rooney Mara has a more difficult run-in if she is campaigned in the lead category. Blanchett has received the largest amount of praise and Mara, who has previously been nominated once before for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, will struggle to break through along with Blanchett, especially as joint leads haven’t been nominated since Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in Thelma and Louise in 1991. If she is in Supporting, however, she could go all the way and win it. Also expect the possibility of Best Picture and Best Director nods for the film.

Inside Out (Best Animated Feature)– One of the sure Oscar nominees of next year is Inside Out, a bet that you should put your house on being nominated for Best Animated Feature. It’s been getting reviews that are saying that it is Pixar’s best film since Toy Story 3, which was nominated for Best Picture, and it could even receive a Best Original Screenplay nomination. It may struggle to win Animated Feature, however, especially as there is still Pixar’s next offering, The Good Dinosaur, still to come later in the year. There isn’t going to be a Lego Movie-esque shock, Inside Out will be nominated.

Macbeth (Best Actress- Marion Cotillard)– Nominated just last year for Two Days, One Night, Marion Cotillard is in with a shout of receiving her second Oscar for her role in the latest adaptation of Macbeth, in which she stars as Lady Macbeth alongside Michael Fassbender as the titular king. Premiering this morning, the film was met with widespread critical acclaim, and it is a meaty role for Cotillard, which could mark her first Oscar nomination in a non-French speaking role. Fassbender would have been in with a shout of Best Actor, considering the praise he has been receiving, but it will most likely be cancelled out by his more baity role in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs.

Mad Max: Fury Road (Sound Categories)– Currently in cinemas worldwide, George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2015 so far and is looking like a shoe-in for a nod in some of the technical categories. According to AwardsCircuit.com, we are currently expecting the film to receive 4 nominations: Best Visual Effects, Best Make-up and Hairstyling, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. I think the sound categories are sure-things and who knows what nominations will follow.

Youth (Best Actor- Michael Caine)– I am becoming less sure about this, but there is still a pretty strong chance that Michael Caine could receive his seventh Oscar nomination, 50 years since his first for Alfie in 1966. If the field isn’t as strong as we first thought and some of the top contenders turn out to suffer the same fate as The Sea of Trees, Caine could sneak in, in a similar way that Robert Duvall did in the Best Supporting Actor category last year for the critically panned The Judge. Jane Fonda and Rachel Weisz could be recognized in the Best Supporting Actress category, while Harvey Keitel could sneak a nod in the Best Supporting Actor category.

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