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How Oscar Season Could Elevate Unusual Movies This Season

As international documentaries target multiple Oscar categories, this year's season is poised to recognize a wide array of achievements.

Screen Talk 310: How Oscar Season

For months, it has been clear that Oscar season would take an unusual shape. While most of the big contenders are qualifying before the end of the year, the season will continue through the first two months of 2021 — which means we have a long way to go before many movies or performances solidify as true frontrunners. In the meantime, the international and documentary contenders are starting to take shape, and in some cases, overlap.

Several countries are selecting films as their official Oscar entries that will also contend for the documentary category. This follows on the heels of last year’s historic nomination for “Honeyland” in both categories, though it remains to be seen whether contenders like “Collective” or “The Mole Agent” (above) can follow the same trajectory.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss the emergence of these contenders as well as other 2020 films, such as Italy’s “Notturno,” that could join them. They also discuss Netflix’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and why it’s already on track for some serious Oscar traction.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

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