There were a lot of very important awards given out last night and suddenly, the Oscar race has become much, much clearer. Yes, Parasite is a big contender and it’s certainly a big deal that it won at SAG. It’ll probably win quite a few Oscars. But, as of right now, the front runner for best picture is clearly 1917.
Not only has 1917 won the PGA award but, last night, Sam Mendes won the DGA. 1917 is coming on strong and it’s late release date is definitely working in its favor. It came out just in time to wow the Oscar voters but also late enough that there wasn’t time for any sort of backlash to develop against it. If I had to guess now, I’d say that 1917 is going to win Best Picture and we can at least take comfort in the fact that it’s better than the last Sam Mendes film that won.
Anyway, instead of doing like 30 different posts for each group that met last night, here’s a quick rundown:
The DGA (Director’s Guild of America) — Sam Mendes won Best Director for 1917. Honey Boy’s Alma Har’el won for Best First Time Director. The documentary award went to Steven Bogner and Julia Reichert for American Factory.
Annie Awards (Animation) — Klaus won Best Feature. I Lost My Body won best indie feature.
ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) — Roger Deakins for 1917
USC Scripter Awards (Adapted Screenplay) — Greta Gerwig for Little Women
CAS (Cinema Audio Society) — Best Feature went to Ford v. Ferrari. Best Animated Feature went to Toy Story 4. Best Documentary Feature was won by Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound.
So, for all you people making your Oscar bets — well, who knows? Listen, the Oscars are unpredictable. GREEN BOOK WON LAST YEAR, PEOPLE! So, anything’s possible. One thing to remember is that Best Picture is determined by a preferential voting system so it’s a close race between two films, it could easily be everyone’s second choice that wins. And that could mean an upset victory for something like Ford v Ferrari or even Little Women.
But, as for right now, 1917 is the front runner.