Oscars: The Case of Martin McDonagh for The Banshees of Inisherin

Martin McDonagh’s direction of The Banshees of Inisherin is next up for the quintet in that category in my Case Of posts.

The Case for Martin McDonagh:

When a movie has a legit shot at winning Best Picture and the filmmaker is nominated, he’s got a chance. That’s the case here. For the tragicomedy, the acclaimed director/playwright has been nominated in the key precursors DGA, Golden Globes, BAFTA, and Critics Choice.

The Case Against Martin McDonagh:

At Critics Choice, the Daniels (Everything Everywhere All at Once) won. At the Globes, it was Steven Spielberg (The Fabelmans). McDonagh’s victory at the Globes came in screenplay and that could occur with the Academy (where he’s been nominated twice before for written works In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).

Previous Nominations:

None for direction

Six other nominations for Live-Action Short Film (Six Shooter, 2005, WON); Original Screenplay (In Bruges, 2008); Picture and Original Screenplay (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Picture and Original Screenplay (The Banshees of Inisherin)

The Verdict:

A sweeping Banshees night still could leave McDonagh out in director in favor of the Daniels or Spielberg. He could take screenplay instead under that scenario.

My Case Of posts will continue with Andrea Riseborough in To Leslie!

If you missed my other Director write-ups, they can accessed here:

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