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now that everybody knows, you don’t really have to hide or lie to people for the record. I never wanted to lie to you. And how do you tell someone that you’re Spider man. It was by far the highest grossing movie of 2021 with fans and critics absolutely loving it. But does Spiderman no way home belong in the Oscars conversation? Superhero movies usually aren’t included, nominees will be announced this week. But while the Academy Awards are like the super Bowl of the film industry viewership has been declining. Nielsen ratings show the numbers tailing off, especially in recent years. Within 81% drop from 1998 to last year’s telecast. For context, other award shows like the Grammys and Emmys have also seen declines, but with nominating a blockbuster like Spiderman potentially get people interested again for more on this. Let’s bring in entertainment news expert Andrew friend, he’s a tv host and a member of the Critics Choice Association Andrew. Thanks for being here Before we get into uh specific predictions. Let’s first start with your take on the conversation around nominating Spiderman for Best Picture. It’s a movie a lot of folks saw and a lot of folks really liked in an effort to perhaps make the award show feel more relevant again versus keeping the sort of academy prestige and staying clear of superhero movies. What are your thoughts on that balancing act? Yeah, Lindsay, you know, I I agree with everything you just said. It’s interesting because Spider man was in huge talks to be in contention for Best Picture. You know, we’ll find out on Tuesday. However, those talks have now sort of dwindled because it was not nominated for a producer’s guild award. And normally the PGA awards can kind of signal what’s the best picture at the Oscars are gonna be. But I mean, let’s just talk about the numbers of this film has a 93% on rotten tomatoes. It’s made over $740 million domestically over 1.7 billion worldwide. This is a fan favorite. And you know what, I think it’s time that we see some more fan favorites get into this Oscar race. You know when Andrew Garfield and told me McGuire came on scene on the screen with Tom Holland, everyone went crazy. And you know, the movie was good. It wasn’t just one of those throwaway blockbuster tent poles, It was so good and such a wild ride. I would love to see it nominated on Tuesday, although I’m just not sure it’s going to be. Yeah, So we will see. And you mentioned it being a fan favorite, but despite declining viewership numbers, these awards and nominations means a lot actually to the people in Hollywood and involved. So, can you explain what that means for the average movie fan? How do these awards ultimately make an impact on the kinds of movies that end up being made. Yeah. You know, it’s interesting sometimes I feel like these award shows are very like just for people that live in Los Angeles, but it does actually translate into box office revenue and it translates into marketing. So, you know, if a movie gets nominated for an Oscar, it does get some more eyeballs going into the theater to go to see it. But in terms of the general movie going public, like you said, the ratings of the Oscars have gone down a lot. So I think that, you know, trying to bring in movies like Spiderman where a lot of people have seen it, it’s gonna maybe hopefully boost some ratings, but only time will tell. Okay, so let’s get to the fun part here, the predictions. What films should we expect to hear a lot about when the nominations are announced Tuesday? Okay, now I’m no psychic, but I can kind of say, I can kind of see that we’re gonna see Power of the dog at nominated, huge film that netflix has right now with jane Campion, the iconic jane campiness director. So we’re gonna see Power of the Dog, we’re probably gonna see Belfast. We’re probably going to see King Richard and I think we’re gonna see Dune. Well, I have some movies that I need to catch up on that’s for sure. But how about a best actor and actress nominees? What are your thoughts there? So in terms of actor, I definitely think we’re gonna see Benedict cumberbatch. Uh he is for Power of the dog. He has this God, I mean it’s I’m gonna be a little biased right now lindsey, it’s my favorite movie of the year. Benedict my favorite actor of the Year. So I think we’re going to see him for Power of the Dog, but I will say, I think this might be will smith year, will smith, you know, obviously he’s been around for a long time. I think this could be the year that he becomes best actor with King Richard. Of course, he plays Richard Williams, the father of venus and serena Williams. Alright, well, we’ll be looking out for that. And now the ceremony didn’t have a host last year and so far one hasn’t been named for this year’s one. So how much do you think having a host adds to the Oscars? And are there any options that you’d like to see? You know, the show has remained host list for a few years now? I think that’s a mistake. I think we need a host. I think this is the year that we will have a host now, some of the rumors that I’m hearing are the rock. I’m also hearing Tiffany had ish. Uh, and I’m also hearing Tom Holland, I think that if they did choose Tom Holland, you know, would bring that kind of younger generation eyeballs into the show and hopefully hope that movie as we were talking about earlier, the biggest film of last year and I think tom could bring some spice, you know, he can dance. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen his lip sync battle, take a look and just google it. Um, but he’s the real deal. Also. We have to think about social media, the rock Tiffany had ish and Tom holland huge social media numbers. Yeah, that’s a very good point bringing those people that don’t have cable anymore and are watching things in streaming platforms. Alright. Tv host and critics Choice association member Andrew Freudian. Thank you so much for your time today. Thank you so much.

What to watch out for when Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday

On Tuesday morning, nominations to the 94th annual Academy Awards will be announced. Nominations are occurring a little later than usual. To make way for the Olympics, the Oscars are to be held March 27. And for the second straight year, the Oscars will unfold during the pandemic. The industrial complex of parties, galas and little gold statuettes known as “awards season” has again gone largely virtual, sapping the season of some of its usual buzz. The Oscars’ typical opening act — the Golden Globes — were much reduced and untelevised this year.But the Oscar nominations, which will be announced Tuesday beginning at 8:18 a.m. EST by presenters Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan, will try to again seize the spotlight after a year of profound change for the industry and a still-unfolding recovery for movie theaters. Nominations will be broadcast live on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the academy’s social media accounts and on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” But those are far from the only headwinds facing the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Last year’s Oscars, held in late April at an audience-less Union Station rather than the Oscars’ usual home, the Dolby Theatre, plummeted to an all-time low of 9.85 million viewers. Can Tuesday’s slate of nominees stem the tide? Among the films expected to do well are Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic “Dune,” Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical coming-of-age tale “Belfast” and Jane Campion’s gothic western “The Power of the Dog. Here are five questions heading into nominations. JUST HOW MUCH WILL STREAMERS DOMINATE?Streaming services have for years made inroads into the Oscars, but they may overwhelm this year’s best-picture field. After academy rule changes, 10 films will be nominated for best picture, and it’s possible that only a few of them will have opened traditionally in theaters. Netflix, which is still pursuing its first best-picture trophy, has three contenders in “The Power of the Dog,” Adam McKay’s apocalyptic comedy “Don’t Look Up” and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical adaptation “Tick, Tick … Boom!” Apple has the deaf family drama “CODA” and Joel Coen’s Shakespeare adaptation “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” Amazon is represented with Aaron Sorkin’s “Being the Ricardos.” Two films that premiered simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max — “Dune” and the Will Smith-led “King Richard’ — are in the hunt. That has made contenders like Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza” (MGM, Focus Features) and “Belfast” (Focus) stand out as theater-first throwbacks. WILL THE BIGGEST BOX-OFFICE HITS CRASH THE PARTY?Given the waning audience for the Oscars and a tumultuous year for theaters, some would like to see as many crowd-pleasers represented Tuesday as possible. Could “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the biggest hit of the pandemic with $749 million in domestic ticket sales and $1.77 billion globally, or Daniel Craig’s 007 swan song “No Time to Die” ($774 million worldwide) score a best picture nomination? As much as the Oscars’ populism could use some pop, don’t count on either to join the 10 nominees. The segment of the academy most supportive of big-budget box-office success — producers — passed up the chance to in their highly predictive guild nominations. That would likely leave “Dune” ($399 million worldwide) as the category’s biggest ticket seller. But there are also other metrics to measure today’s most popular movies. “Don’t Look Up” is Netflix’s second-most popular movie ever with some 359,790,000 hours watched, according to the company.HOW INTERNATIONAL WILL THE NOMINEES BE?Two years after Bong Joon Ho’s Korean thriller “Parasite” won best picture, a group of acclaimed international films could vie in several top categories. While no film has the broad support that made “Parasite” the first non-English language film to win Hollywood’s top honor, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s masterful three-hour Japanese drama “Drive My Car” could squeeze into best picture, best director or best screenplay. Other films with strong support outside of the academy’s best international film category including Pedro Almodovar’s “Parallel Mothers” (look for Penélope Cruz in the uber-competitive best actress category), Asghar Farhadi’s “A Hero,” Joachim Trier’s “The Worst Person in the World,” Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Hand of God” and Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s animated “Flee.” In expanding and diversifying its membership in recent years, the academy has grown more international — and enlarged the sway of overseas voters. WILL KSTEW GET IN?Kristen Stewart had once been widely expected to land her first Oscar nomination for her performance as Princess Diana in Pablo Larrain’s “Spencer.” But that film has proved divisive among critics and moviegoers, and Stewart’s once sturdy Oscar bid now appears far from certain. The 31-year-old actor was looked over by the Screen Actors Guild and the BAFTAs. She could mount a comeback with the academy, but best actress is brutal this year. Among the favorites: Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”), Lady Gaga (“House of Gucci”), Jennifer Hudson (“Respect”), Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”), Cruz, Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”) and Alana Haim (“Licorice Pizza”). If Stewart isn’t snubbed, someone — several someones — will be. WILL ENOUGH PEOPLE WATCH?This is probably the biggest question facing the Oscars this year, and it hovers over everything. Ratings for award shows all around have been declining for years, but the pandemic and the growth of streaming has accelerated the dismantling of Hollywood tradition. This year, the academy has signaled that everything is on the table. Should “Spider-Man” star Tom Holland be called upon to emcee? No details have yet been announced about the show, but the academy has said there will be a host for the first time since 2018.

On Tuesday morning, nominations to the 94th annual Academy Awards will be announced. Nominations are occurring a little later than usual. To make way for the Olympics, the Oscars are to be held March 27.

And for the second straight year, the Oscars will unfold during the pandemic. The industrial complex of parties, galas and little gold statuettes known as “awards season” has again gone largely virtual, sapping the season of some of its usual buzz. The Oscars’ typical opening act — the Golden Globes — were much reduced and untelevised this year.

But the Oscar nominations, which will be announced Tuesday beginning at 8:18 a.m. EST by presenters Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan, will try to again seize the spotlight after a year of profound change for the industry and a still-unfolding recovery for movie theaters. Nominations will be broadcast live on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the academy’s social media accounts and on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

But those are far from the only headwinds facing the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Last year’s Oscars, held in late April at an audience-less Union Station rather than the Oscars’ usual home, the Dolby Theatre, plummeted to an all-time low of 9.85 million viewers.

Can Tuesday’s slate of nominees stem the tide? Among the films expected to do well are Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic “Dune,” Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical coming-of-age tale “Belfast” and Jane Campion’s gothic western “The Power of the Dog.

Here are five questions heading into nominations.

JUST HOW MUCH WILL STREAMERS DOMINATE?

Streaming services have for years made inroads into the Oscars, but they may overwhelm this year’s best-picture field. After academy rule changes, 10 films will be nominated for best picture, and it’s possible that only a few of them will have opened traditionally in theaters. Netflix, which is still pursuing its first best-picture trophy, has three contenders in “The Power of the Dog,” Adam McKay’s apocalyptic comedy “Don’t Look Up” and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical adaptation “Tick, Tick … Boom!” Apple has the deaf family drama “CODA” and Joel Coen’s Shakespeare adaptation “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” Amazon is represented with Aaron Sorkin’s “Being the Ricardos.” Two films that premiered simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max — “Dune” and the Will Smith-led “King Richard’ — are in the hunt. That has made contenders like Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza” (MGM, Focus Features) and “Belfast” (Focus) stand out as theater-first throwbacks.

WILL THE BIGGEST BOX-OFFICE HITS CRASH THE PARTY?

Given the waning audience for the Oscars and a tumultuous year for theaters, some would like to see as many crowd-pleasers represented Tuesday as possible. Could “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the biggest hit of the pandemic with $749 million in domestic ticket sales and $1.77 billion globally, or Daniel Craig’s 007 swan song “No Time to Die” ($774 million worldwide) score a best picture nomination? As much as the Oscars’ populism could use some pop, don’t count on either to join the 10 nominees. The segment of the academy most supportive of big-budget box-office success — producers — passed up the chance to in their highly predictive guild nominations. That would likely leave “Dune” ($399 million worldwide) as the category’s biggest ticket seller. But there are also other metrics to measure today’s most popular movies. “Don’t Look Up” is Netflix’s second-most popular movie ever with some 359,790,000 hours watched, according to the company.

HOW INTERNATIONAL WILL THE NOMINEES BE?

Two years after Bong Joon Ho’s Korean thriller “Parasite” won best picture, a group of acclaimed international films could vie in several top categories. While no film has the broad support that made “Parasite” the first non-English language film to win Hollywood’s top honor, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s masterful three-hour Japanese drama “Drive My Car” could squeeze into best picture, best director or best screenplay. Other films with strong support outside of the academy’s best international film category including Pedro Almodovar’s “Parallel Mothers” (look for Penélope Cruz in the uber-competitive best actress category), Asghar Farhadi’s “A Hero,” Joachim Trier’s “The Worst Person in the World,” Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Hand of God” and Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s animated “Flee.” In expanding and diversifying its membership in recent years, the academy has grown more international — and enlarged the sway of overseas voters.

WILL KSTEW GET IN?

Kristen Stewart had once been widely expected to land her first Oscar nomination for her performance as Princess Diana in Pablo Larrain’s “Spencer.” But that film has proved divisive among critics and moviegoers, and Stewart’s once sturdy Oscar bid now appears far from certain. The 31-year-old actor was looked over by the Screen Actors Guild and the BAFTAs. She could mount a comeback with the academy, but best actress is brutal this year. Among the favorites: Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”), Lady Gaga (“House of Gucci”), Jennifer Hudson (“Respect”), Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”), Cruz, Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”) and Alana Haim (“Licorice Pizza”). If Stewart isn’t snubbed, someone — several someones — will be.

WILL ENOUGH PEOPLE WATCH?

This is probably the biggest question facing the Oscars this year, and it hovers over everything. Ratings for award shows all around have been declining for years, but the pandemic and the growth of streaming has accelerated the dismantling of Hollywood tradition. This year, the academy has signaled that everything is on the table. Should “Spider-Man” star Tom Holland be called upon to emcee? No details have yet been announced about the show, but the academy has said there will be a host for the first time since 2018.



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