Oscar Predictions: Joyland

Despite submitting 10 pictures for consideration (including eight from 2013-20), the nation of Pakistan has yet to receive a nomination in the International Feature Film Oscar race. Could that change with Joyland?

The directorial debut of Saim Sadiq, the family drama won the Jury Prize when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. It also picked up a nod for Best International Film at the Independent Spirit Awards earlier this week. The Rotten Tomatoes score is 100%.

We have plenty of potential heavy hitters in IFF for 2022 including likely frontrunners All Quiet on the Western Front and Decision to Leave. Pakistan has a non-existent track record of making the eventual cut, but Joyland might be its most promising contender so far. I haven’t listed it in my top five (or even top 10 yet), but I wouldn’t completely discount its viability. My Oscar Prediction posts will continue…

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