The Oscars back in Hollywood, the big night for “CODA”?

After a forced relocation due to the pandemic, the stars returned to the traditional Oscars red carpet on Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday for a tight competition, where favorites “CODA”, “Power of the Dog” and “Belfast” face off. for the supreme award for best feature film.

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Among the stars who thronged under the Californian sun, some had added a blue ribbon bearing the inscription #WithRefugees (“with refugees”) to their tuxedos or evening dresses to express their solidarity with the civilians driven out by the conflicts, in Ukraine or elsewhere in the world.

This was particularly the case of South Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung, who won an Oscar last year for “Minari”, and her colleague Jamie Lee Curtis.

Dark and psychological Western about men not assuming their sexuality, “The Power of the Dog” has long been a favorite for this flagship Hollywood evening.

But for a few weeks, “CODA”, a dramatic comedy full of optimism adapted from the French success “La Famille Bélier”, has returned at full gallop.

The film, which follows a high school student torn between her newfound passion for singing and her family, all of whose other members are deaf and depend on her to communicate with the hearing world, swept up one after the other. other all the prizes awarded by the unions of the American film industry.

This low-budget film, broadcast by Apple TV+, is now at the top of the predictions of industry experts, ahead of “The Power of the Dog”, a Netflix film.

In third place is the underdog “Belfast,” a black-and-white evocation of Kenneth Branagh’s childhood amid the violence in Northern Ireland in the late 1960s.

“It’s a race between two or three horses,” confirms Clayton Davis, film award specialist for Variety magazine, a benchmark in the field.

For him, the “dynamic” of the last days played in favor of “CODA”. “The last two years have been very difficult for everyone. And +CODA+ is positive, comforting. I believe the voters are in the mood to feel good,” he told AFP.

Many professionals raved about “The Power of the Dog,” noting its aesthetic prowess and the performances of the actors. Four of them (Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee) are in the running for this 94th edition.

But many others have also criticized Jane Campion’s film for a certain coldness. “It’s not everyone’s cup of tea,” says Scott Feinberg, columnist at The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

This can prove a liability, as the odd multi-round preferential voting system used at the Oscars for the best feature category generally favors the most consensus films.

But a surprise is always possible at the Oscars and the competition “has never been so open”, said one of the voters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the prestigious trophies, on condition of anonymity. .

Trump in the sleeve of “CODA”, it is about an independent film with low budget (15 million dollars) perceived this year as the outsider and which could as such attract the sympathy of the voters, even s it is broadcast by Apple TV+.

A victory for “CODA” or “The Power of the Dog” would mark a historic first for a video-on-demand platform in the flagship category of best feature film.

Among the actors, the big favorite this year is the always very popular Will Smith, who plays the father of champions Serena and Venus in “The Williams Method”.

One of the stars of “CODA”, Troy Kotsur, holds the rope for the Oscar for best supporting actor. The deaf actor, who plays the loving but sometimes helpless father of a hearing teenager, has been a hit in the various film awards this season.

On the actress side, the competition is tough but Jessica Chastain, unrecognizable in her role as televangelist of “In the eyes of Tammy Faye”, seems the best placed. She could be threatened by Penelope Cruz, who wowed with her performance in Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Madres Paralelas’.

Ariana DeBose should win for the supporting female role with the remake of “West Side Story” by Steven Spielberg, but the latter seems to be on the wrong track to establish himself as best director against Jane Campion, who has a good chance of winning the second Oscar of her directing career after “The Piano Lesson”.

The grandiose space opera “Dune” should stand out in multiple technical categories, from photography to sound and special effects.

The organizers hoped that the coronavirus would not once again disrupt the ceremony: Lin-Manuel Miranda, candidate for the very popular song composed for “Encanto”, gave up the evening as a precaution, his wife having tested positive.

The Oscars need this 94th edition to find its audience and audience, which has been in free fall in recent years.

The 2021 edition had only attracted 10 million viewers, a 56% drop compared to the previous year which had already recorded its lowest level in history.

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