Oscar Predictions: Drive My Car

The Best International Feature Film derby for 2021’s Academy Awards looks to be a tough competition. There’s a quintet of selections that, at the moment, stand as the probable nominees: Denmark’s Flee (which could also make history by garnering mentions in Animated and Documentary Feature and even Best Picture), The Hand of God out of Italy, Iran’s A Hero (which may be the soft frontrunner), France’s much discussed Titane, and The Worst Person in the World from Norway (which certainly has its ardent admirers).

Yet as we know with Oscar voters, there are often surprises that upset the general consensus. Following its premiere at the Cannes this summer, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s three hour Japanese drama Drive My Car was up for the Palme d’Or and took home the festival’s Best Screenplay award. Some critics have pointed out the lengthy runtime, but the reviews still resulted in a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Two weeks ago, I had Car parked in the five spot over The Hand of God in my Oscar projections. On Wednesday, I had it just on the outside looking in at the #6 position after putting God back in. If any picture manages to disrupt the favored five, this might be the one to do it. I don’t foresee it having a chance to actually take the trophy. My Oscar Prediction posts for the films of 2021 will continue…

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