Oscar Predictions: Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

From 1992-1995, Emma Thompson scored a remarkable five Oscar nominations – winning twice. The first was for her lead role in 1992’s Howards End. The second was a screenplay win for 1995’s Sense and Sensibility. The other three nods were for The Remains of the Day and Sensibility (both lead) and supporting for In the Name of the Father.

In the quarter century plus since, the Academy has yet to call her name again. That could change with Good Luck to You, Leo Grande which premiered at Sundance. From director Sophie Hyde, the comedic drama finds Thompson as a retiree who enlists the services of a sex worker (Daryl McCormack of Peaky Blinders).

Early reviews are hailing the performances of both leads. With the right eventual distributor, I wouldn’t be surprised if Thompson in particular is in the mix for awards attention. If Oscar doesn’t bite, she could at least be in line for a Best Actress nod in the Musical/Comedy category at next year’s Golden Globes. Thompson made the cut with HFPA in 2019 for Late Night and the buzz for Grande might be larger. My Oscar Predictions posts will continue…

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