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DIFFDIFF Journal 2017Which Films Sparked Oscar Buzz at Venice?
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Which Films Sparked Oscar Buzz at Venice?
Sat Sep 9, 2017
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The Venice Film Festival wraps up in 2 days and it’s been a fantastic competition with the right mix of European, American, Arab and Asian films all competing for the Golden Lion. The festival officially marks the start of awards season where Oscar pundits, publicists and studios start talking about the films most likely to score nominations in the upcoming Academy Awards.

This year, Venice featured close to 10 American, British and foreign films that already had Oscar buzz before they screened. When they were unveiled to festival goers and critics, some confirmed their Oscar potential while others disappointed.

Here’s a roundup of the Oscar chances of the festival’s high profile films:

The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy tale about a mute janitor who falls in love with a fish-like creature earned raves and plenty of Oscar buzz. With great reviews and a wonderful audience reception, the film is most likely to earn a slew of Oscar nods including:

- Best Picture
- Best Director – del Toro
- Best Screenplay – del Toro
- Best Actress – Sally Hawkins
- Best Supporting Actor – Richard Jenkins
- Best Supporting Actor – Michael Shannon
- Best Editing
- Best Production Design
- Best Sound Editing
- Best Cinematography


Alexandar Payne’s film about a couple who decide to shrink themselves to avoid life’s financial burdens received mixed notices but is likely to earn nods for its newcomer Hong Chau who could become the 6th Asian actress in Oscar history to earn a nod in the Supporting category.

Most likely nods for the film:

- Best Supporting Actress – Hong Chau
- Best Production Design

Victoria and Abdul

The Stephen Frears-directed period piece starring Judi Dench and Ali Fazal received great notices for Dench with some criticizing the script for oversimplifying what could have been a deeper look at a lonely woman in power. Most likely nods for the film:

- Best Actress – Judi Dench
- Best Costume Design
- Best Original Score – Thomas Newman


The Darren Aronofsky film sparked debate among festival goers for its bold storyline and metaphorical themes. Most likely nods for the film:

- Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence
- Best Cinematography

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Martin McDonagh film received the festival’s highest audience and critic scores and was acclaimed in most publications. The film is most likely going to earn several Oscar nods including:

- Best Actress – Frances McDormand
- Best Supporting Actor – Sam Rockwell
- Best Original Screenplay – Martin McDonagh


George Clooney’s film about a seemingly perfect town with hidden racial agendas divided critics but was beloved among audiences. Most likely nods:

- Best Production Design

The Insult

Lebanese film The Insult earned positive reviews and was also selected to premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, a rare selection for an Arab film. If submitted by Lebanon in the upcoming Oscar race, the film can have a shot at entering the shortlist for Best Foreign Film.
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