At the moment, it feels like The Zone of Interest is the current frontrunner. No other film this year has had such an impact on viewers. It's devastatingly raw, unique, and it makes one question their existence. It currently has an impressive 95 score on Metacritic and 4.1 on Letterboxd. The film debuted at Cannes and it'll be released in theatres in December.
Following right behind is Perfect Days and Fallen Leaves. Both have been receiving a lot of momentum lately and they're both currently in theatres. Perfect Days has the best reviews out of all 89 films on Letterboxd and it just feels really secure for a nomination. Fallen Leaves is right behind. It's different compared to the other contenders this year and with an impressive score of 86 on Metracritic we feel that The Academy members will fall in love with it.
The Taste of Things is also getting some of the best reviews of the year and we feel like it's in for now. It's also being released in theatres in December and France is always a contender. There's also always a "surprise" nominee and this year we feel like it'll be 20 Days in Mariupol. It's receiving some of the best reviews of the year. And with Navalny winning best documentary last year we feel like the Ukrainian film will get nominated. It's impossible to ignore.
It feels wrong to not include The Captain (Italy), The Teachers' Lounge (Germany), Four Daughters (Tunisia), The Monk and the Gun (Bhutan), and Society of the Snow (Spain) but with so many great films submitted this year, some will miss out, unfortunately.
Now recently more and more International Feature contenders have been getting nominated in other categories as well. Last year alone, All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany) was nominated for best picture, best adapted screenplay, best cinematography, best production design, best visual effects, best original score, best sound, and best makeup,
Bardo (Mexico) was also nominated for best cinematography.
The year before that Drive My Car (Japan) was nominated for best picture, best director, and best adapted screenplay. The Worst Person in the World (Norway) was nominated for best original screenplay. And Flee (Denmark) was nominated for best animated feature and best documentary feature.
(Tunisia, Estonia, Ukraine)
So which films this year have the potential to be nominated for other awards? If we take a look at Gold Derby and Awards Watch, they have the following right now as contenders in other categories this year:
BEST PICTURE: The Zone of Interest
BEST DIRECTOR: Jonathan Glazer - The Zone of Interest
BEST ACTOR: Christian Friedel - The Zone of Interest Koji Yakusho - Perfect Days
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Sandra Huller - The Zone of Interest Juliette Binoche - The Taste of Things
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Zone of Interest The Taste of Things Society of the Snow
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Perfect Days
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: The Peasants
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: 20 Days in Mariupol Four Daughters Smoke Sauna Sisterhood
BEST FILM EDITING: The Zone of Interest
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: The Zone of Interest Society of the Snow
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: The Zone of Interest The Taste of Things
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: The Zone of Interest Society of the Snow
BEST SOUND: The Zone of Interest
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: The Zone of Interest
BEST MAKEUP: Society of the Snow
(Poland - The Peasants)
It seems like The Zone of Interest, Perfect Days, The Taste of Things, and Society of the Snow are the four films that, right now, might be getting nominated in other categories.
And it feels like 20 Days in Mariupol, Four Daughters and Smoke Sauna Sisterhood might get shortlisted twice: Best International Feature and Best Documentary Feature. While The Peasants looks poised to get nominated for Best Animated Film.
As for now, this is where we feel that the race is going. Keep checking for more updates.