‘Dune’ Might Win Best Picture and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Could Join the Race

I can’t believe this is a post I’m writing but here we are.

Ever since Dune came out it’s been kind of obvious that it would garner a bunch of award nominations thanks to Denis Villeneuve doing something no other director has been able to manage; make a great Dune movie.

It managed to surpass my expectations and showed that the film was adaptable to the big screen after all. So far, the film has not won any major awards yet but with the Critics’ Choice Awards hopefully, just a few weeks away (it was supposed to take place on January 9 but with the sudden outburst of COVID it’s been delayed indefinitely) it’ll be the first test on whether the sci-fi epic has a real shot at nabbing Best Picture next year.

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It however does have some stiff competition against the critically-acclaimed Netflix film The Power of the Dog directed by Jane Campion (The Piano) thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch’s rave reviews for his apparent outstanding performance as an incredibly mean homosexual cowboy. The role has been said by many to be his best performance.

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And then there’s Kenneth Branagh’s under-the-radar Belfast which has started to ramp up as one of the best films of the year.

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There’s King Richard, the heartwarming sports flick about how Venus and Serena Williams became the tennis legends that they are now all through the perspective of their father, played beautifully by Will Smith. The critics have been loving this movie since it came out.

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And finally there’s Licorice Pizza whose latest film has had people buzzing for months ever since it started to debut at the film festivals.

Now, granted, I haven’t seen any one of these films yet so I am merely speculating these films’ chances of winning on word-of-mouth but I do know this. Dune is a great movie but one thing it has going against it is that it unfortunately doesn’t have a concrete ending.

See, it’s only the first half of a larger whole and yeah, it feels like it. The film ends right at the halfway mark of the book and even though it was a perfect decision so that the story would be handled properly it doesn’t help its chances of winning Best Picture.

Between the four films the movie with the highest Rotten Tomatoes is score is The Power of the Dog with 95%. Next is Licorice Pizza with 92%, King Richard with 91%, Belfast with 86%, and Dune sits at last with 83%. Can popular opinion sway The Academy’s decision-making because if so Licorice Pizza or Dune would be the big winner considering that they have the best IMDb scores with Licorize Pizza at 8.3/10 and Dune at 8.2/10.

Oh, I can’t wait for these major awards to start taking place so I can see which of these movies will start winning these awards. But, being the biased woman that I am, I’m rooting for Dune.

Now, the biggest surprise of the award season has happened recently with Spider-Man: No Way Home getting, can you believe this, Oscar buzz after its jaw-dropping premiere last week.

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The film opened to an impressive 94% Critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, an unprecedented 99% Audience score, and 9/10 on IMDb. The film is being celebrated all over the world for what it manages to achieve and the fact that in a single week the film has made north of $800 million without a release in China and during the pandemic.

Considering all of this No Way Home has started to gain favor among critics and just might nab a spot in the Best Picture nomination race. The film it would most likely beat for such an honor is Nightmare Alley which had a bit of Oscar buzz going for it but with a dismal turnout at the box office and a mediocre 79% on Rotten Tomatoes it seems very plausible that the latest Spider-Man flick could award the Marvel Cinematic Universe with another Oscar-nominated film.

Does No Way Home deserve a Best Picture nomination? Yes…I guess. The film did manage to exceed expectations with a surprisingly well-executed storyline that tied up loose ends, provided fan service galore, and yes, it gets dark too. The film turned out to be one of the most emotional movies in the MCU with an ending that is as bittersweet as they come.

And considering that most movies nominated for Best Picture aren’t nearly as entertaining as something like No Way Home yeah, sure, why not let it make history as the first Spider-Man film to ever get nominated for Best Picture. For what it managed to accomplish it deserves it.

What do you think? Do you think Dune could win Best Picture and do you think Spider-Man: No Way Home deserves a Best Picture nomination? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.

3 thoughts on “‘Dune’ Might Win Best Picture and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Could Join the Race”

  1. Variety put out a great article 2 days ago with every possible Oscar nominee in all categories ranked from top to bottom. They had Dune winning the most Oscars, 6, mostly technical awards. The best pic and director were split between Belfast and Power of the Dog. Variety has Dune in 3rd place behind the abovementioned movies in both top categories. Actor award winners were Will Smith, Kristen Stewart, Ciaran Hinds and Ariana DeBose. Dune clearly is not in the running for any of the actor awards, which surely hurts its chances for taking best pic. I can see a better chance it gets best director, but not picture. Dune just doesn’t feel like it’s overwhelmingly loved enough to become a sweep winner, with best pic, director and all those technical awards. Variety’s picks look to have pretty good odds to me, but Smith and Stewart may be more debatable. West Side Story is right behind Dune on a couple technical awards and may swipe something like costume design away.

    As for Spider-Man, Variety has it in 16th place for best pic. Their top 10 is pretty highly weighted to arty films, so I can imagine one or two of those dropping off the final nominees to be replaced with “ratings booster” nominations. No Time to Die is higher in 15th place, though, and that one seems to me to have more potential to slip into the top 10, partly because it took a more ponderous “art film” approach to Bond. As we know, 5 of the best pic noms are usually instantly ruled out as being potential winners anyway.

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      1. Yeah, I don’t know how reliable they are, but they put an incredible amount of work into this prediction list. I don’t know if any other publications put together something this elaborate. Not sure if this is static or if they make changes to it over time. It’s got an Updated label on top so they may tweak this as time goes on.

        https://variety.com/lists/2022-oscars-predictions-the-collective-top-contenders/

        Seems like it’ll be a fairly interesting Oscars to watch with both Dune and West Side Story getting a lot of nominations and qualifying as “movies I’ve seen.” The acting categories also have a lot of well-known names in them.

        I think their ratings are going to keep plummeting though if they don’t go back to having hosts. The idea of having a host who will entertain you for an evening is why the average person watches the show.

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