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How Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pinocchio’ Could Make Its Way to a Best Picture Nomination

Yes, everyone loves Guillermo. But that's not all it takes to crack the biggest category in the awards race.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 05: Guillermo del Toro attends the AFI Fest 2022: Red Carpet Premiere of Guillermo Del Toro's "Pinocchio" at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 05, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for AFI)

Guillermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio” doesn’t come out on Netflix until December, but it has already been widely embraced by critics and Academy members alike. Del Toro’s painstaking approach to his stop-motion animated feature breathes new life into the classic fairy tale and provides the latest reminder that he’s one of the most imaginative filmmakers working in Hollywood today.

As for its Oscar season prospects, it seems like a shoo-in for the Best Animated Feature — but the Netflix campaign is angling for a much bigger goal: Best Picture. The last animated movie to crack that category was “Toy Story 3” in 2010. What would it take for “Pinocchio” to get there, too?

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss the movie’s awards prospects and what makes it stand out from other contenders in the category. They also touch on the momentum for “Aftersun” star Paul Mescal after his British Independent Film Awards nomination, and several European Film Awards nominees, including “Triangle of Sadness” and “Close.”

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 

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