Oscars: ‘Western Story’ is the new runner-up with best picture?

After the Monday night premiere of West story, in theaters on December 10, Vanity Fair’The Awards Insider team discusses the blockbuster musical’s Oscar prospects, from its standout performances to its chances in the best picture race.

Katey Rich: David and Rebecca. And now I think we might have found it in West story.

Premiering at a screening at Lincoln Center famous for its near-simultaneous screening on the West Coast, Steven SpielbergThe long-awaited remake knows it’s made a big entrance at the end of this race. And while I learned my lesson about making exhilarating and breathless predictions right after the preview, I think it easily silenced the skeptics who wonder if we need another prediction West story. With the amount of artfully reproduced music and a large number of outstanding performances (Mike Faist like Riff is my personal favorite), it’s suitable for updating a classic simply because, you can.

The review ban goes on for a couple of days so I don’t want to go into too many details — and although I scoffed at the note on my ticket for not revealing key plot points, I think There are some surprises that we should do not disclose. But the main thing I want to know is whether all this enthusiasm is going to the other shore. Is another one West story about to make a big Oscar?

David Canfield: I think it’s possible! My expectations for Monday night’s screening were pretty low all things considered — not that I expected to completely miss, but the Oscars lyrics that the original seemed stretched because of them. I have heard very little. In fact, the buzz surrounding the film is so quiet that it’s hard to tell what’s going to happen beyond those iconic, core songs. At least for me, the element of surprise is a huge plus when watching this West story—All told, I was blown away by it for exactly the same reasons you mentioned, Katey: a true crowd pleaser, faithfully and delightfully adapting a classic classic by giving it the scale of a modern blockbuster.

It sounds like the screening Rebecca and I attended was a little less ecstatic, but all the whispers outside the theater on the Fox precinct were pretty heavy. Not every change in this re-imagining has worked, but much of it as well is testament to Spielberg’s confident direction, Tony Kushnerunderstanding scenario of, and above all, that cast. God, what a group. Faist was also a highlight for me, but I think the women who stole the show and competed most for Oscar nominations—maybe, even win. (Stop me if I’m going too far!) Rebecca, what do you read about the movie’s prospects in general and which stars should start to go on the campaign trail?

Rebecca Ford: I agree that initial reactions seem overwhelmingly positive. I think that has a lot to do with the factors you mentioned, David. We didn’t hear much (at least anything good) about it going and it really exceeded my expectations. The musical numbers are amazing. I was especially blown away by the dance! And I think most of the edits they do to the story work well and add extra layers and depth to the story. I’d say if it continues to play as well as it does in these early screenings, we could see a lot of nominations. Keep in mind that the 1961 version has already hit 11 Oscar nominations and won 10. We can see repeat nominations in many of those categories, from the cinematography (the new version was shot by Dr. Janusz Kamiński) to costume design (Paul Tazewell) and screenplay (Kushner). But let’s come to the big categories! I think we have a lot of highlights in the acting races. My hobbies is Ariana DeBose, Whose Anita is in love. Of course, Rita Moreno won an Oscar for her performance in the original film, and it seems likely that DeBose will follow in her footsteps. I would say DeBose was the performance that almost everyone I spoke with was most overwhelmed. Closed behind, however, is Rachel Zegleris Maria’s job. This is her feature film debut, but we’re clearly seeing the birth of a future movie star. Natalie Wood wasn’t nominated for an Oscar in 1962, but how great would it be to see a Latinx actor win for the part? There’s a lot of competition in that category and Zegler is a new face but I see her running for the nomination.

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2021/11/awards-insider-west-side-story-oscars-outlook Oscars: ‘Western Story’ is the new runner-up with best picture?


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