This week on “Screen Talk” host Anne Thompson is joined again by Marcus Jones, IndieWire’s Awards Editor, TV & Film, filling in for new co-host Ryan Lattanzio, to discuss a wide range of topics as the first nominations of awards season have begun to roll out.
Focusing in on the Best Documentary Feature series race in particular, Thompson goes through the different organizations that just shared their nominations and/or shortlists, from the Cinema Eye Honors to the IDA Documentary Awards, and the Critics Choice Documentary Awards, and explains what makes Doc NYC such an important bellwether for what films are most likely to be recognized by the Academy.
The pair also talk about Sofia Coppola’s new film “Priscilla,” and the ways in which it drastically differs from last year’s “Elvis.” Coming off of a recent interview with filmmaker Alexander Payne, Thompson reveals what film inspired him to make “The Holdovers” as Jones praises star Da’Vine Joy Randolph for her performance in the film, one that could finally get her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination four years after her breakout role in “Dolemite Is My Name.”
Speaking of Netflix releases, Thompson and Jones provide input on the streaming service’s new Annette Bening-vehicle “Nyad,” the narrative feature directorial debut from Oscar-winning documentarians Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. Though the real life subject of the film, distance swimmer Diana Nyad, has been a subject of much controversy lately, the role very well could lead Bening to her fifth Academy Award nomination. Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster, as Nyad’s friend and coach Bonnie Stoll (the actress’s first openly gay role) also stands out as a major awards contender.
Finally, the duo hit on the 2023 Gotham Awards nominations, the first since the organization removed its budget cap on entries (though big budget films like “Oppenheimer” and “Killers of the Flower Moon” still opted not to submit.) Plus, Thompson and Jones try to find a light at the end of the tunnel for the SAG strike.
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