Oscars 2021: The Case of Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s behind the camera work for Drive My Car is the fourth Case Of post for the five director nominees. If you missed the others, you can find them here:

Oscars 2021: The Case of Paul Thomas Anderson

Oscars 2021: The Case of Kenneth Branagh

Oscars 2021: The Case of Jane Campion

The Case for Ryusuke Hamaguchi:

The 43-year-old filmmaker has been acclaimed in his native Japan for years. Car, his three hour epic, is his stateside breakthrough and it performed better than expected on nominations morning with four nods in Picture, Adapted Screenplay, International Feature Film, and here. Voters may want to honor it somewhere…

The Case Against Ryusuke Hamaguchi:

And that category is almost certain to be International Feature Film where it’s the surefire favorite. It’s a long shot in the other three races with Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog) in the driver’s seat for this one. Hamaguchi also failed to place for the Golden Globes or Critics Choice Awards.

Previous Nominations:

None

The Verdict:

He’ll be onstage in the foreign competition, but not for Best Director.

My Case Of posts will continue with the Best Actress hopefuls and Nicole Kidman in Being the Ricardos

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