‘CODA’ proves that the Oscars are looking for Feel-Good films

The final vote on Sunday’s 94th Academy Awards is over. What can we expect?

A two-year global pandemic that is still going on changed the mindset of humanity and the Hollywood industry. The price season seemed to be back on track, but just before the holiday season, events were postponed and a well-known dark passenger again began to show his face under various name variants.

It’s no secret that Oscar voters have been looking for a good mood. After the nominations were announced on February 8, when Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog” led the attack with 12, it looked like the streaming giant had finally reached its golden moment with the Academy after falling short with previous films like ” Rome “(2018) and” The Trial of the Chicago 7 “(2020).

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I have long believed that the significance of the Oscars is its ability to provide a snapshot of the world at a time in history, not only with what they reward, but what they do not. The 14th annual Oscars in 1942 are important in history because John Ford’s “How Green Was My Valley” beat Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane,” the film that many consider to be the best ever made. Set three months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Ford’s drama, depicting hope and a family seeking a better life, hit at the right time when the country was in a passionate “Pro-America” Mood.

Now the world is looking at the atrocities and war crimes happening in Ukraine, where the invasion began on February 24, four days before Apple Original Films’ “CODA” won the SAG award for ensemble cast. A joyous, loving cast that includes Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, Eugenio Derbez and Daniel Durant brought smiles to all our faces. How could you not see a sense of hope in a dark time with that cast?

This also happened right in the middle of the final vote on the Producers Guild of America and the BAFTA Awards, both of which closed on March 8th. With high goodwill of the $ 25 million Sundance acquisition remained intact, leading to a victory at the PGA Awards this. last weekend, and although “CODA” was not nominated for Best Picture by BAFTA, it won a very telling screenplay award.

In the Oscar world, timing is everything. Even Focus Features “Belfast”, which has been thought of as a positive, happier film, has an opening sequence with nine-year-old Buddy (played by Jude Hill) experiencing the outbreak of unrest in Northern Ireland.

“CODA” presented itself at the right time for a world looking for a little hope. Although Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” is a wonderfully crafted and exquisitely directed performance, the dark, brooding western does not offer any hope for generations to cling to, nor does it have too many brighter moments.

Siân Heder’s family drama, which tells the story of a young girl who tries to balance her love of music with her family’s financial future, kicks off the final 20 minutes and even brings some critics of its simple approach to a puddle of tears.

In the early 2000s, the Oscars were in a trend of rewarding films with hints of death, depression, racism and violence, illustrated by best picture winners such as “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), “Crash” (2005) , “The Departed” (2006) and “No Country for Old Men” (2007). While taking a break with uplifting material like “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), they slipped back into grim selections like “The Hurt Locker” (2010), “12 Years a Slave” (2013), “Spotlight” (2015) and arguably “Parasite” and “Nomadland.”

When we’ve talked to several AMPAS members over the last six days of voting, one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be a photo finish in many categories, with some surprises lurking in the wings.

The final Oscar predictions will be revealed on Thursday, ahead of Sunday’s ceremony. Warner Bros.’s “Dune” is expected to win the most awards, and we could see some record moments as Billie Eilish becoming the youngest original songwriter ever, or Lin-Manuel Miranda becoming our newest EGOT recipient.

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